Crime Watch

October 26, 2007

Teen held in assault on student

A 16-year-old freshman at Baltimore's Homeland Security Academy was charged as an adult this week with setting a classmate's hair on fire at a bus stop and held without bail.

Michael L. McBride was arrested Monday at the school, part of the Walbrook high school complex. He was charged with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

According to court records, two girls were waiting for the bus after school at 3400 Clifton Ave. on Oct. 3 when another student approached one of them and lit a cigarette lighter in her face. About five minutes later, he returned and set her hair on fire with the lighter. She quickly put the fire out.

The girl attends the Institute of Business and Entrepreneurship, also in the Walbrook campus. She and her friend identified McBride, who was on short-term suspension for a separate incident, from a school photo.

When McBride returned to school Monday, he was arrested. He was initially held in lieu of $75,000 bail but since a bail review Tuesday, he has been held without bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center.

Sara Neufeld

Gus Sentementes

Vehicular manslaughter charge

A Prince George's County employee was arrested yesterday soon after a Baltimore City Circuit Court grand jury handed up an indictment charging the man with vehicular manslaughter in a 2006 auto accident in Southeast Baltimore, a city detective said.

Matthew Sheckels, 24, of the 8200 block of Quentin St. in New Carrollton was driving a car in the 4200 block of Boston St. near Canton on July 30 when he was involved in an accident. Michael White, about 30, the owner of the car and a passenger in it, was pronounced dead at the scene was, police said.

Police said the indictment was presented to a U.S. marshal attached to the city's Regional Warrant Apprehension Task Force who, along with county police, arrested Sheckels about 2:30 p.m. in Brandywine. Police said Sheckels also was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Richard Irwin

23-year-old dies after shooting in Brooklyn

A 23-year-old man died yesterday afternoon at an area hospital after he was shot multiple times Wednesday night on a street in Baltimore's Brooklyn neighborhood.

Southern District police responding to a report of shots fired about 11:35 p.m. in the 700 block of E. Patapsco Ave., near the John R. Hargrove Sr. District Court Building, found the victim lying in the doorway of the Brooklyn Inn liquor store.

Police said the man, who had been shot in the neck and face, was first taken by ambulance to Harbor Hospital and then to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Officer Nicole Monroe Police, a police spokeswoman, said the man died at 12:39 p.m. yesterday. His name was withheld pending notification of family members.

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