Crime Watch

November 06, 2007

Man found fatally shot in Hillen community, City homicide detectives are investigating a fatal shooting last night in the Hillen community in Northeast Baltimore.

Shortly after 10 p.m., Northeastern District police responding to a report of shots fired in the 1600 block of Lochwood Road near Morgan State University found a man who had been shot.

The man, whose name was withheld pending notification of family members, was taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died a short time later.

The shooting brings to 254 the number of homicides in the city this year, compared with 232 at this time last year, according to police records.

Richard Irwin

Armed man shot by officer

A man armed with a handgun was shot last night by an undercover city police officer during a foot chase in Northwest Baltimore, a city police spokesman said.

About 7 p.m., three undercover officers in an unmarked car stopped a vehicle occupied by two men at Garrison and Wabash avenues, said Officer Troy Harris, the spokesman. The reason for the stop was not available, he said.

Harris said that during an interview, the passenger was uncooperative and ran from the car toward railroad tracks and a heavily overgrown area.

During a brief foot chase, one of the officers saw that the man had a gun, Harris said. Moments later, the armed man made a motion and was shot in the left shoulder, he said.

He said the man's gun was found near the shooting scene and that none of the officers was injured.

Harris said the man was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with a wound that was not life-threatening. The driver was being questioned at police headquarters, he said.

Harris said the officer who shot the man has been placed on administrative duty while an investigation is conducted.

Richard Irwin

No bail for stabbing suspect

A Carroll County man charged with murder in the stabbing death of his mother has been ordered by a judge to be held without bail at the county detention center while awaiting trial.

Eric R. Yates, 39, is charged with first- and second-degree murder and first-degree assault in the death of his mother, Christine R. Windstein, 57, according to court records. During questioning, Yates "confessed to killing his mother" on Oct. 31, telling police that he stabbed Windstein "twenty to thirty times" with an 8- to 9-inch knife, according to a statement of probable cause.

Yates and Windstein lived in a Finksburg mobile home park, according to Maryland State Police and court records.

Carroll County District Judge JoAnn Ellinghaus-Jones said Yates would be held without bail unless he could provide "a compelling reason otherwise." Yates did not respond.

State police began investigating after a neighbor checked on Windstein on Friday and discovered her body on a couch inside her home, according to court records.

Yates' preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 30.

Arin Gencer

Pair admit part in assault

Two men charged in connection with an attack last year on veteran Sun journalist Carl A. Schoettler on a downtown Baltimore street are to be sentenced in January after having pleaded guilty in the case, city prosecutors said yesterday.

Latar C. Bradshaw, 23, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and conspiracy to commit robbery, according to the state's attorney's office. Gregory G. Kulla, 37, pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact and second-degree assault, the prosecutors said. Sentencing is set for Jan. 18.

In April, the lead defendant, Phillip M. Carter, who is now 19, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and was sentenced to 30 years in prison, the maximum allowed.

Schoettler, now 75, suffered severe head injuries and spent more than a week at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He was attacked about 8 p.m. Feb. 25, 2006 after he stopped his car on Fayette Street near City Hall to speak to Kulla, who was driving a shuttle van for a strip club, after they were involved in a fender-bender.

Schoettler was attacked by Carter, who was standing at a nearby bus stop with Bradshaw. The two men split money that was taken from Schoettler, and then got into Kulla's van. Prosecutors said Kulla, who did not know the suspects, drove them away, and did not intervene or call police about the attack he had witnessed.

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