City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

December 16, 2007

Baltimore County : Catonsville

Man is shot after assaulting officer

Baltimore County police reported that an officer wounded a Catonsville man last night after the man attacked another officer with pepper spray and ran out of the house wielding a machete.

Cpl. Michael Hill, a police spokesman, said the two officers responded to a domestic-disturbance complaint at 9:20 p.m. at a single-family home in the 6100 block of Edmondson Ave.

They knocked on the door, and it was opened by a man who sprayed one of the two officers with a substance believed to be pepper spray, then ran outside with a machete, Hill said.

One of the officers shot and wounded the man, who was taken to St. Agnes Hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, Hill said. Police have not released the names of the officers or the man.

Inside the home, police found the man's wife, two young children and two other adults. They were uninjured, police said.

Tyeesha Dixon

Baltimore

: Federal court

Man, 24, charged in armed robberies

Federal firearms charges have been filed against a 24-year-old Baltimore man in connection with the robbery of four convenience stores and two gas stations in Howard and Baltimore counties and an auto parts store in the city.

Terrence Boone of Baltimore was arrested by city police Oct. 30 after a car chase on the Jones Falls Expressway in which the Lexus he was a passenger in drove south in the northbound lanes. When the Lexus stopped on the highway, Boone jumped out and tried to flee, authorities said.

The robberies occurred between Oct. 5 and Oct. 26. He faces between 10 years and life in prison if convicted of using and discharging a firearm in a crime of violence and of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The charges were announced Friday by U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein and Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy.

Inner Harbor

Fuel oil leak ended up in water

An undetermined amount of fuel oil that leaked from a cracked boiler pipe at Lombard Middle School in East Baltimore last week ran through a storm drain into the Inner Harbor, state officials said yesterday.

A response team from the Maryland Department of the Environment first spread an orange containment boom in the water flowing from an outfall pipe at the end of South Central Avenue, near the campus of the Living Classrooms Foundation educational center.

But the wind blew some of the oil beyond the boom, so yesterday the team had to adjust the floating ring and add a long strip of absorbent material to soak up the oil, said Geoff Donahue, chief of the emergency response unit at the MDE.

Donahue said yesterday that the broken pipe had been fixed, and the oil was no longer flowing. He said the spill appeared to be "relatively small" and unlikely to cause fish kills.

Tom Pelton

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