November 23, 2007

Baltimore : Detention center

Prison charged in cellmate's death

An inmate at the Baltimore City Detention Center has been charged with murder in the death of his cellmate, who died Tuesday, hours after being found gravely injured in his cell, a prison spokesman said yesterday.

The inmate, 19-year-old Davon Cole, has been charged with first- and second-degree murder and assault in the death of 21-year-old Xavier Tilghman, according to Mark Vernarelli, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

Tilghman, of the 900 block of N. Bentalou St. in West Baltimore, was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital after being found Monday night in the cell he shared with Cole.

Cole, who was in the cell when Tilghman was found, was charged after an investigation by the prison system's Internal Investigative Unit, Vernarelli said.

Court records show that Cole, a resident of the 1600 block of S. Poplar Grove St. in West Baltimore, was serving a six-month sentence for drug possession and attempted drug manufacture and distribution.

Tilghman had been serving a nine-month sentence for carrying concealed dangerous weapons, according to court records.

Julie Scharper


Three wounded in unrelated shootings

City police are investigating several unrelated shootings that left three people wounded yesterday, including a woman shot in a bathroom and an elderly man who was washing his car, Baltimore police said

About 4:40 a.m., a 28-year-old woman who was in the bathroom of a third-floor apartment in the 1700 block of Barclay St. was struck by a bullet that was fired into a window, said police spokeswoman Officer Nicole Monroe.

She was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital with serious injuries, Monroe said.

About noon, a 74-year-old man was washing his car in the alley behind the 2100 block of Westwood Ave. when two men approached him, displayed a semiautomatic handgun and robbed him of his cell phone and wallet,

The man tried to grab the handgun from the suspects and in the ensuing struggle was shot in the leg. He went to a nearby house, called for help and was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Monroe said.

About 12:20 p.m., an 18-year-old man was walking in the 2200 block of Elsinore Ave. when a vehicle pulled up and one of the occupants asked him about buying marijuana. A passenger fired a semiautomatic handgun, striking the man in the hand, back and leg, Monroe said.

The man was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, she said.

Julie Scharper

Bolton Hill

3 hurt in accident involving police car

A city police cruiser was involved in a crash with at least two other vehicles yesterday morning, a Baltimore police spokeswoman said.

No one suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash, which occurred about 11 a.m. near Eutaw Place and McMechen Street, police spokeswoman Officer Nicole Monroe said.

A police officer in the cruiser was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, she said, and at least two other people from the other vehicles were taken to the hospital as well.

The cause of the collision was under investigation, she said.

Arin Gencer

Baltimore County

: Gunpowder Falls

Man's body found in park

Baltimore County police are seeking to identify the body of a man who was found yesterday in Gunpowder Falls State Park, spokesman Bill Toohey said.

A father walking with his two young sons found the body about noon in the woods off Belair Road, about a mile north of Forge Road, Toohey said. The three had moved off the trail and into a wooded area, Toohey said, where the father saw a tarp on the ground. When he discovered a body underneath, the man called police, Toohey said.

It was unknown how long the body had been there, he added.

Police also are investigating an old Chevrolet hatchback parked on the other side of Belair Road that had been in a gravel parking lot for a month, Toohey said. The car was filled with numerous items, including a backpack, a small broom and several boxes.

"There may be no connection," Toohey said. "They could be ... tied together, or they could have nothing to do with anything."

Arin Gencer


One person dies in three-car crash

One person was killed last night after three cars collided near Greenspring Valley and Reisterstown roads, police said.

Another person was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with serious injuries, and four others were treated for minor injuries, Baltimore County police Cpl. Robert Carman said.

County police were investigating the crash.

Julie Scharper


Graffiti sprayed on elementary school

Neighbors out for a morning stroll yesterday discovered that graffiti had been sprayed on the outside of Timonium Elementary School, Baltimore County police said.

A teacher's name, profanity and the phrase "stoners reekin havoc" were painted in black and orange on the school's brick walls, said Officer Aaron Hoffman of the Cockeysville precinct.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident, Hoffman said. No charges have been filed.

Julie Scharper

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