City / County Digest


May 18, 2008

Howard County


Man, 23, found fatally shot

Howard County police were investigating a homicide that occurred early yesterday at an apartment complex in Columbia.

Officers in the Oakland Mills area heard gunshots about 2:50 a.m. and responded to the 5800 block of Stevens Forest Road, where they found a man who had been shot in the parking lot of the Stevens Forest Apartments, said Howard County police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn.

The man, identified as 23-year-old Jason Batts of Painted Yellow Gate in Columbia, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, Llewellyn said.

The killing is the second homicide in Howard this year.

On April 9, Bryan Antoine Adams Jr., 20, of Columbia was shot on a sidewalk in front of a shopping center in the 10400 block of Twin Rivers Road. A 19-year-old was indicted by a grand jury last month in connection with the killing.

There were five homicides in the county in 2007.

Justin Fenton



Superdelegate backs Obama

Sen. Barack Obama picked up the endorsement of a Maryland superdelegate yesterday, inching closer to securing the Democratic presidential nomination.

Greg Pecoraro, a Westminster city council member, praised Sen. Hillary Clinton, but called Obama "the right leader for our time."

"I strongly believe that Senator Obama offers us the best opportunity we have had for many years to turn away from the politics of division and despair, and look toward an America of opportunity and progress," Pecoraro said in a statement released by the Obama campaign.

The pickup brings Obama's delegate total to 1,905 to Clinton's 1,719. The number needed to secure the nomination is 2,026.

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