Police search for man in killing of girlfriend


October 17, 2007

Baltimore County police have asked for help in finding a man charged in the fatal shooting of his girlfriend last month in Lansdowne.

Emory Lamont Lewis, 24, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Felicia Ann Spratley, 22, who was shot Sept. 8.

A confrontation started at Spratley's apartment in the first block of Silerton Road, and she was shot after she ran from the apartment, police said. Shots were also fired at a man inside the apartment, police said.

Spratley was taken to St. Agnes Hospital and transferred to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she died.

Anyone with information about Lewis is asked to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-756-2587. Callers can remain anonymous and might be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.


$1.5 million to fund scholarships

Towson University has received $1.5 million from the estates of two benefactors to fund scholarships for education students, school officials announced yesterday.

Louise McMahan, who graduated in 1927 from the college with a degree in elementary education, taught school for almost 40 years. Through her estate, the Louise Lippy McMahan Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1996 for students planning to teach in Maryland. Last month, an additional estate provision increased the scholarship endowment in her name, according to the college.

Arthur D. Smith bequeathed a donation to the school to honor his wife of 40 years, Helen Hornig, who died in 2002. Smith died in January. The Helen Esther Hornig Smith Memorial Scholarship Endowment will award funds to financially needy education students.


Help sought in identifying suspects

Baltimore County police are seeking help in identifying two men who robbed the Hilton Garden Inn hotels in Owings Mills and White Marsh.

The robberies were similar in nature and involved employees and patrons, police said.

Shortly before 1 a.m. Aug. 13, two men walked behind the lobby counter at the Hilton Garden Inn in the 5000 block of Campbell Blvd. in White Marsh, approaching the victim from behind and demanding money from the cash drawer at gunpoint.

The robbers, who were given an undisclosed amount of cash, also grabbed a patron and took personal possessions from both victims before fleeing in a dark-colored sport utility vehicle.

Shortly before 10 p.m. Sept. 3, two men entered the Hilton Garden Inn in the 4700 block of Owings Mills Blvd. and forced an employee at gunpoint to give them an undisclosed amount of money from an office cash drawer. Two other employees were also forced into the office by the gunmen and robbed. The robbers ran out the front door of the hotel and drove off in a dark-colored SUV.

One suspect is described as a black man, 20 to 29 years old, 6 feet 2 inches tall, with a large build and shoulder-length dreadlocks; the other is described as a black man, 25 to 32 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a slim build and dark hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call county police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-756-2587. Callers to Metro Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and might be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.


Volunteers needed for cleanup day

The Greater Towson Council of Community Associations and the Towson Chamber of Commerce are planning a cleanup day Saturday in the downtown area and in several neighborhoods.

Teams of residents, business people and Towson University students will pick up debris, remove graffiti, plant trees and mulch gardens.

Volunteers are asked to meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Towson Chamber of Commerce offices at 23 W. Chesapeake Ave. to get their assignments and tools. Teams will work until about noon. A luncheon is planned at the chamber offices after the cleanup.

Information: 410-825-1144.

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