July 20, 2008



Man fatally shot near Pimlico track

An unidentified man was shot to death Friday night in Northwest Baltimore, according to city police.

The man, whose name was not available yesterday, was found with a gunshot wound to the upper body about 11:20 p.m. in the 5000 block of Pembridge Ave. near Pimlico Race Course, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman.

Police had no suspects and knew of no motives for the shooting, Harris said yesterday.

Tyeesha Dixon

Carroll County


Man, 38, dies while swimming

The Carroll County sheriff's office said the body of a 38-year-old man was pulled from the Manchester pond in which he had been swimming.

James Thomas Merrow III of Hanover, Pa., was fishing with relatives and friends at the Pine Valley Park pond Friday evening when he went for a swim, the sheriff's office said.

The others in the group called for help after noticing he was missing.

The sheriff's office said the town owns the pond. Fishing is allowed, but swimming is prohibited.

Associated Press

Howard County


Bank robbery suspect charged

A 30-year-old man was charged yesterday in the robbery of a bank in Columbia on Friday after he surrendered to police.

Victor Morrison of the 7200 block of Rain Flower Way was charged with robbery, second-degree assault and theft in connection with the robbery of the Wachovia Bank in the 8800 block of Centre Park Drive, police said.

Howard County police said an officer saw Morrison walking toward police headquarters about 6 a.m. yesterday. The officer approached Morrison, who said he was there to turn himself in. The officer recognized Morrison as the suspect in the bank robbery and arrested him, police said.

On Friday, police received a report that a man walked into the Wachovia Bank shortly before noon. The man approached a teller, implied he had a gun and demanded cash. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured, and no one reported seeing a weapon.

Ellicott City

Motorcyclist dies in crash with SUV

A 19-year-old Ellicott City man was killed yesterday in a collision on U.S. 29 near Interstate 70, Howard County police said.

Police said Andrew P. Noel was driving a motorcycle south on U.S. 29 about 3:04 p.m. when a sport utility vehicle driven by Robert N. Mecklenburg made a left turn on northbound U.S. 29 in front of Noel's motorcycle and the vehicles collided. Mecklenburg was trying to get on a ramp to westbound I-70, police said.

Noel, of Stonehouse Drive, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mecklenburg, 79, of Upwoods Lane in Columbia was taken to Howard County General Hospital with minor injuries.

Baltimore County


Water main break drenches mall

A water main break yesterday under York Road in Baltimore County sent mud, stones and water coursing downhill into the parking lot of Yorkridge Shopping Center.

A section of the 12-inch cast-iron pipe ruptured about 1 p.m. yesterday under the southbound curb lane of York Road, one block north of Ridgely Road in Lutherville, said Kurt Kocher, a Baltimore City public works spokesman.

The break affected water service at the 15-acre Yorkridge Shopping Center and other nearby businesses, but Kocher said it could have been worse.

"Someone went around in a pickup truck and sandbagged a lot of the businesses, which saved a lot of potential damage," said Kocher, who said he didn't know who the person was.

Traffic along York Road was reduced to two lanes for most of the day as crews from Baltimore City and Baltimore County worked to repair the water line.

Andy Saylor, a cashier at Buttons Liquor, said the water main broke near Bertucci's Brick Oven Pizzeria in the 1800 block of York Road. He said he didn't hear of any businesses closing in the 47-year-old Yorkridge Shopping Center.

"The whole parking lot was flooded. People could park, but it was an inch - or two or three - and there were sticks and mud washing up through the storm drains," Saylor said.

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