City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

April 06, 2008

Baltimore County

Catonsville

No charges filed in teen abductions

Baltimore County police said yesterday that they have not filed charges in connection with a home invasion and the abduction of two teenage brothers last week.

The two boys, Stephon Blackwell, 16, and Sterling Blackwell, 15, surfaced Friday when their brother drove them to county police headquarters in Towson and detectives interviewed the pair, police said.

"There are no charges that I know of on anybody," Cpl. Patrick Wilhelm, a police spokesman, said yesterday. "The Police Department is not releasing any other details because there is an ongoing investigation."

County police have said they believe the teens were targeted and that the kidnappers and victims know each other.

The episode began early Tuesday when six armed men forced their way into a Catonsville home and bound and gagged 10 people inside. County police are investigating allegations that a woman was raped during the incident. After about eight hours, the men left the house with the two Blackwell brothers.

Annie Linskey

Route 702

Pedestrian struck by two cars dies

A pedestrian who was walking along a highway ramp in Baltimore County died Friday night after being struck by two cars, police said.

Jose Molina, whose age and address were not available yesterday, was walking on the ramp from northbound Route 702, near Interstate 695, when he was hit by the mirror of a 2000 Dodge Caravan about 9:30 p.m., according to a sergeant at the Maryland State Police Golden Ring barracks. After falling into the roadway, Molina was struck by a second car, a 2006 Ford Fusion.

He was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he died, police said.

Tyeesha Dixon

Rosedale

Man killed in morning fire

An elderly man died in a fire yesterday morning in a Rosedale rowhouse, fire officials said.

The Baltimore County Fire Department received a call about 7:40 a.m. for the one-alarm fire in the 1200 block of Neighbors Ave. The caller reported that someone was trapped in the home.

The victim, who was not identified, was found in a chair in the living room on the first floor of the two-story house, said county fire Capt. Chris Gouss at the home yesterday morning. The victim was dead when firefighters arrived.

The man's wife, who was inside the home when the fire broke out, tried unsuccessfully to help her husband, according to fire officials. She escaped and was taken to a nearby hospital, Gouss said.

Tyeesha Dixon

UMBC

: Chess

Team to play in final round today

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County will square off against the University of Texas at Dallas at 9 a.m. today in the final round of the final four of an intercollegiate chess tournament.

UMBC came out of yesterday's semifinal round trailing UTD by a score of 7 to 6 1/2 , according UMBC chess director Alan T. Sherman, who has been running the school's powerhouse chess program since 1991.

Under a scoring system that awards one point for a win and a half-point for a tie, UMBC's four-man squad will need 2 1/2 points to win the tournament, played in UMBC's second-floor Commons Game Room.

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