Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

August 31, 2007

Man dies of wounds in Northwest shooting

An unidentified man who was shot several times late Wednesday in Northwest Baltimore died of his injuries early yesterday, city police said.

Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman, said officers received a report of a man lying in the front yard of a residence in the 3100 block of Artaban Place about 11:40 p.m. The man had suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:16 a.m., Moses said.

Police have not identified a suspect in the killing and knew of no motive, Moses said.

The man was the second shooting victim who died in the immediate area in less than a week.

Early Saturday, Dwight McDaniel Baker, 35, was shot in his sport utility vehicle in the 3400 block of Powhatan Ave.

Baker's vehicle then plowed through a concrete wall, landing in the swimming pool of prominent defense attorney Warren A. Brown.

Police were unsure whether Baker drowned or died of his gunshot wounds. Police spokesman Sterling Clifford said yesterday that the cause of death was still pending.

Gus G. Sentementes

Abingdon home is firebombed

An Abingdon home that was firebombed late Wednesday had been deliberately targeted, state fire officials said yesterday.

Two Molotov cocktails were tossed at the home in the 3000 block of Abingdon Road at 11:30 p.m., fire officials said.

"These were basically glass bottles filled with flammable liquid that were lit and thrown at the house," said Joseph G. Zurolo Jr., deputy state fire marshal. "This home is right on the main drag with many other homes nearby. It was definitely targeted."

A man passing by saw the fire, banged on the front door and alerted the sleeping residents, including two children. The passer-by and several neighbors helped extinguish the fire with garden hoses before firefighters from the Abingdon Volunteer Fire Company arrived.

One bottle struck an addition to the two-story dwelling and the other hit a 2001 Toyota 4-Runner in the driveway. The home sustained most of the estimated $5,000 in damage, fire officials said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Maryland Arson Hotline at 800-492-7529.

Mary Gail Hare

3-year sentence for tax evasion

A contractor who has done work for the Maryland State Highway Administration was sentenced yesterday to more than three years in federal prison and three years of supervised release for tax evasion, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Athanasios Reglas, 57, of Edgemere owned and operated Reglas Painting Co. Inc. and created two fake companies, according to the plea agreement.

Reglas used the fake companies to bill his legitimate business for work that he did not perform, then used the funds to spend $400,000 on a lot in Ocean City and $418,000 to build a vacation home there, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Reglas didn't pay income taxes on the funds that he moved from his legitimate company to the fake ones, defrauding the government of $658,018, the U.S. attorney's office said. He also failed to pay $575,991 in corporate taxes, prosecutors said.

Annie Linskey

Man sought in bank robberies

City police and the FBI are seeking Joseph Alexander White, 32, of the 1900 block of W. Baltimore St., who is charged in warrants with multiple bank robberies in the Baltimore area since January.

One of the robberies occurred Jan. 9 at 1st Mariner Bank in the 300 block of Ritchie Highway in Pasadena, Anne Arundel County. A man jumped over a teller's counter, displayed a handgun and stole an undisclosed sum.

The robber escaped after a high-speed pursuit by police.

White weighs 220 pounds, is known to drive a 2000 GMC Yukon with tags 890M131 and frequents the 2200 to 3300 blocks of Garrison Blvd., police said.

Anyone with knowledge of White's whereabouts is urged to call the FBI Fugitive Task Force at 443-829-3317.

Richard Irwin

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