November 07, 2007

Man injured in downtown wall collapse

A man was injured yesterday morning when a 10-foot wall collapsed at a downtown building that is being renovated, a city Fire Department spokesman said.

The incident occurred shortly before 10 a.m. at 207 E. Redwood St., a 10-story building at Calvert Street a few blocks north of the Inner Harbor. Officials closed off the street near the collapse for about an hour.

Chief Kevin Cartwright, a Fire Department spokesman, said the injured person, a worker, was pulled from the rubble.

His injuries were not serious, Cartwright said.

Baltimore Fire Division Chief Jeffrey Segal said fire-rescue crews found the worker lying in the building's basement.

Segal said the first floor of the building was evacuated as a safety precaution and that building inspectors were evaluating the basement.

Gus G. Sentementes

Howard County

: Elkridge

Man, 54, charged in bank robbery

An Elkridge man who Howard County police say unsuccessfully tried to rob a PNC bank last week was captured after he returned Monday and held up the same bank, police said yesterday.

John Jakes, 54, of the 7100 block of Ducketts Lane was charged with robbery, attempted armed robbery, second-degree assault and theft from the PNC bank branch in the 6200 block of U.S. 1 in Elkridge.

Bank employees told police Thursday that a man wearing a green hooded sweat shirt, backpack and mask and carrying a gun walked to the bank's front door. He pulled on the door, they said, but the bank was closed and the door locked. The would-be robber fled.

Police believe the same man returned to the bank at 9:30 a.m. Monday, wearing the same clothing. He entered the bank, grabbed an employee and demanded cash from the teller. He stuffed the money into his backpack and fled, police said.

As the robber ran through a parking lot, employees at Jiffy Lube saw a red dye pack explode in the backpack and called police.

An officer saw a man drive away in a pickup truck and followed him to a home, where Jakes was arrested.

Melissa Harris


: Federal court

Felony gun count draws 15-year term

A 36-year-old man arrested in October while walking an un-leashed pit bull and trying to un-jam a loaded handgun near a Baltimore school was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court to serve 15 years in prison, according to prosecutors.

Jermol Antonyio Chin of Baltimore pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a handgun. In addition to the prison time, U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr. ordered that Chin serve three years of supervised probation upon his release. Prosecutors said the suspect has been convicted three times on state drug charges.

Chin was arrested Oct. 9 in the 5400 block of Winner Ave., near Pimlico Middle School, by police who responded to reports of a man walking down the street with a gun and dog. Police said that they pointed their guns at the man to get him to leash the dog and then found a loaded .380-caliber handgun in his pocket.

Pratt library

Afro-American's archives on display

Starting tomorrow, the Enoch Pratt central library in Baltimore is displaying more than 100 years of artifacts from the archives of the Afro-American newspaper. The Afro-American Newspapers: Celebrating 115 Years of Breaking News, Capturing History, Preserving Legacy runs through Feb. 29 and will be on the second floor of the library, 400 Cathedral St.

On display will be photographs, business journals, papers from the publisher and engravings. A panel discussion about the exhibit is scheduled for 7 p.m. tomorrow in Wheeler Auditorium. It will include Frances L. Murphy, the granddaughter of Afro-American founder John H. Murphy Sr., and Washington publisher John J. Oliver Jr., the great-grandson of the newspaper's founder.

The panelists will discuss African-American journalism. Information: www.prattlibrary.org.

Harford County

: Belcamp

2 killed in crash were from Virginia

Maryland State Police released yesterday the identities of two men killed Monday in an accident on Interstate 95 at Route 543 near Belcamp in Harford County.

Elmar S. Deleon, 21, and Jose E. Hernandez, 28, both of Arlington, Va., died at the scene. Both men, who were natives of Guatemala, were passengers in a 2001 Dodge pickup driven by Alvaro Palacios, 31, of Fort Washington.

The driver lost control of the truck, which was pulling a utility trailer, and swerved to the right shoulder, where the vehicle struck a tractor-trailer parked on the exit ramp, police said.

Palacios and another passenger, Mario Tista, 27, of Arlington, were taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening. The driver of the tractor-trailer, Anatoli Glouchkov of Silver Spring, was not injured.

Mary Gail Hare

Carroll County

: Mount Airy

Burning of barn under investigation

Investigators were searching yesterday for the source of a fire that caused an estimated $1 million in damage to a barn outside Mount Airy and the farm equipment and products stored in it.

The fire, which started just before 10 p.m. Monday, destroyed a barn at the Frey Farm, said the state fire marshal's office. It took firefighters two hours to control the blaze, partly because water had to be trucked to the scene.

Ellie Baublitz

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