City / County Digest


July 31, 2008

Fatal shooting victims are identified

City police yesterday identified two victims of fatal shootings, including a man whose body was found 10 days ago in a burning car in Northwest Baltimore.

The most recent identification was that of a 17-year-old who was shot multiple times Tuesday evening in the 1200 block of Orleans St. near Aisquith Street while placing property in a car. Police said Troy Wilson of the 3000 block of Aisquith St. was loading a car about 6 p.m. Tuesday when a gunman shot him in the upper body, then stood over him and shot him at least one more time before fleeing. Wilson was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died about 30 minutes later.

About 8 p.m. July 21, firefighters extinguished a burning car behind the 3800 block of Park Heights Ave. and found a man's body that had been nearly consumed by the flames. An autopsy found that the victim, Justin Harrison, 27, of the first block of Debonair Court in Parkville, Baltimore County, had been shot in the head before the car was ignited.

No arrest had been made in either killing. Metro Crime Stoppers, 410-276-8888, is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and indictment of a suspect in either case.

Richard Irwin



Man's body found behind school

The body of a man who appeared to have been shot in the back was discovered yesterday morning behind a school in Northwest Baltimore, city police said.

Police were called about 6 a.m. to the 4700 block of Greenspring Ave., to the back of the Dr. Roland N. Patterson Sr. Academy School, where they found the body of a man believed to be between 25 and 30 years old, authorities said.

District Court

Man, 24, is charged in intimidation case

A 24-year-old city man accused of threatening to kill a homicide witness has been charged with one count of witness intimidation, according to court papers.

Police said in court documents that Robert "Robo" Jones, of the 3200 block of Lyndale Ave., approached the witness in March or April in the 2200 block of Barclay St. and said, "You snitched on my boy, Nelly. You're in his court papers. If you testify, I will kill you."

Donnell "Nelly" Johnson had previously been charged with murder, according to charging documents.

District Court papers say Jones three times approached the witness. The final time, he tried to get the witness to talk on a cell phone with Johnson, who was in jail, the documents say. Johnson has pleaded guilty to having a cell phone inside jail, according to court papers; his first-degree murder case is pending, according to court records.

Brent Jones



Catholic Conference director retires

The Maryland Catholic Conference announced yesterday the retirement of its longtime executive director, who has lobbied in Annapolis on issues such as the death penalty and same-sex marriage for nearly 25 years.

Richard J. Dowling plans to step down before the end of the year, and Mary Ellen Russell, the conference's deputy director, will replace him.

Laura Smitherman


State raises quota for black bear kills

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources wants hunters to kill more black bears this year. Bear Project Manager Harry Spiker said in Cumberland that the minimum harvest quota has been raised to 55 from 50 in 2007. The upper limit is 75, up from 70 last year. The DNR stopped last year's hunt after 51 bears were killed. The agency begins accepting applications tomorrow for the six-day hunt, which starts Oct. 20.

Associated Press

Harford County


Body discovered in a sleeping bag

Maryland State Police are investigating a body found yesterday afternoon in a sleeping bag along a rural Harford County road near Interstate 95.

A driver called state police at the Bel Air barracks about 1:30 p.m. to report a suspicious bag on the side of the 400 block of Bush Chapel Road in Aberdeen. Troopers and Aberdeen police officers found the body, which police believe may be that of an African-American female.

Anyone with information is asked to call 410-879-2101.

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