City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

June 20, 2007

Keeler up and walking after brain surgery at Hopkins

Cardinal William H. Keeler remained in good condition last night at Johns Hopkins Hospital after surgery to treat a neurological condition, according to a statement from the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

He walked in his hospital room several times yesterday, said Sean Caine, an archdiocese spokesman. The 76-year-old prelate also celebrated Mass in his room.

Surgeons inserted a shunt Monday to release excess cerebrospinal fluid that had built up in his brain's ventricles.

Liz F. Kay

Baltimore

: Attempted murder

Teenager arrested in 2006 stabbing

A Southwest Baltimore teen charged as an adult with the attempted murder of a high school student during a November altercation was arrested recently while being treated at a hospital for a bullet wound from an unrelated incident, city police said.

Antoine Martin, 16, of the 800 block of Lyndhurst St., was shot June 11 and was being treated when police learned that a warrant had been issued for his arrest in the Nov. 28 stabbing of Paul Jones, 20.

Police said Jones was on a lunch break when he became involved in a fight outside Southwestern High School with two other males and was stabbed in the chest. He was treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center and later released.

Martin was being held without bail yesterday at Central Booking and Intake Center, police said.

Richard Irwin

Crime

2 charged in theft from seizure victim

A man and a woman have been arrested and charged with stealing the purse of a woman as she lay on a downtown sidewalk after suffering a seizure, Baltimore police said.

The victim, 56, whose name was not released, was walking in the 200 block of E. Baltimore St. about 2 p.m. Monday when she had a seizure and slumped to the pavement, police said.

Moments later, thieves stole her purse and walked away, police said. A witness followed two suspects while calling police on a cell phone, authorities said.

Central District officers stopped a man and a woman on North Calvert Street between East Baltimore and East Fayette streets, recovering the victim's purse and its contents, including $150, police said. The victim recovered.

Police said Mark Benoit, 28, of White Marsh and Catherine Wineland, 28, of the 1000 block of Cathedral St., were charged with theft and were being held at the Central Booking and Intake Center yesterday.

Richard Irwin

Howard County

: Police fatality

Funeral plans for officer set

Howard County police completed funeral arrangements yesterday for Pfc. Scott Wheeler, the department's first officer to die in the line of duty since 1961.

The viewing for Pfc. Wheeler will be from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Gary L. Kaufman Funeral Home, 7250 Washington Blvd., Elkridge. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Friday at Grace Community Church, 8200 Old Columbia Road, Fulton, with interment at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road, Timonium.

Police said traffic delays are expected along the funeral route. A procession will start at the church and proceed on Route 216, Route 29, Interstate 70, the inner loop of I-695 and I-83 north to Padonia Road.

Pfc. Wheeler, 31, died early Monday from injuries he suffered after stepping into the road to flag down a speeder on Route 32 Saturday.

Pfc. Wheeler lived in Millersville his entire life. He graduated from Old Mill High School in 1994 and from Anne Arundel Community College in 1999 with a degree in criminal justice.

A lifelong fan of the Oakland Raiders, Pfc. Wheeler and his wife, Tracy Wheeler, would travel to California every year to attend games.

Survivors also include his parents, Fred and Janet Wheeler, and a brother, Michael Wheeler.

The Howard County Police Foundation has established a memorial fund.

Melissa Harris

Baltimore County

: Rosedale

Pedestrian fatally injured in accident

Baltimore County police were investigating a fatal pedestrian accident last night at a busy intersection in Rosedale.

The identity of the female victim was withheld pending notification of family members, police said.

Police said it appeared the woman was attempting to cross Pulaski Highway at Lawrence Avenue shortly before 9:15 p.m. when she was struck by a vehicle.

Police said the driver of the vehicle stopped, remained at the scene and was interviewed by officers.

The woman's body was taken to the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore, where an autopsy was to be performed today.

Richard Irwin

Anne Arundel

: Orchard Beach

Woman dies in house fire

A house fire, believed to have been caused by an electrical malfunction, claimed the life yesterday of an Orchard Beach woman, an Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman said last night.

The woman's name was not released last night.

Firefighters arriving at the scene in the 600 block of Waterview Drive shortly before 6 p.m. were told that a female resident was trapped in the dwelling, said Capt. Harry Steiner, the spokesman.

Steiner said that when firefighters entered the smoke-filled split-level house, they found a woman believed to be in her late 60s or early 70s in a room and in cardiac arrest. The woman was removed and taken by ambulance to Baltimore-Washington Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

Richard Irwin

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