City / County Digest


August 06, 2008

Man, 23, shot and killed on west side

A 23-year-old man was shot and killed early yesterday in West Baltimore, city police said. No arrest had been made, and police knew of no motive.

The victim, identified as Jeffrey Alston of the 2100 block of Cedar Circle Drive in Catonsville, was found about 12:30 a.m. lying in the 1700 block of W. Fayette St., in the city's Franklin Square neighborhood, police said.

Police responding to a report of a man shot found Alston bleeding from at least one gunshot wound to the torso. He was taken by a city Fire Department ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died about 40 minutes later, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman.

No other details were released. As of yesterday, the city had recorded 127 homicides, compared with 190 for the same period of time last year, Harris said.

Metro Crime Stoppers, 410-276-8888, is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and an indictment in the killing.

Gus Sentementes



Man hit by police car is in critical shape

A downtown Baltimore man struck Monday night by a city police patrol car was reported in critical condition in the critical care unit at Sinai Hospital, a police spokesman said.

The Northwestern District officer, whose name was not released, was eastbound in the 3900 block of W. Belvedere Ave. near Nelson Avenue in Pimlico about 10:30 p.m. when she swerved to avoid a man crossing the street from the south to the north side, said Officer Troy Harris, the spokesman. Harris said the officer was not responding to an emergency call.

Harris said the man was struck by the vehicle's passenger side fender and knocked to the pavement. He said the pedestrian, Bobby Culp, 43, of the 100 block of Park Ave. suffered back and head injuries and was taken by a city Fire Department ambulance to Sinai Hospital.

Harris said the officer has been placed on administrative leave while traffic police investigate the accident.

Richard Irwin

Federal court

17 1/2 years imposed in heroin case

A 24-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday to 17 1/2 years in federal prison for distributing more than 30 kilograms of heroin that he called "Smackdown" in the city's western and southwestern neighborhoods, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office.

From 2005 to last year, Lionel Matthews directed dealers selling drugs in a five- to eight-block area roughly bordered by Baltimore, Gilmor, Arlington and Pratt streets, prosecutors said. Authorities described Matthews as a street lieutenant responsible for the daily operations of the dealers.

Police raided a suspected drug house in the 5500 block of Todd Ave. on June 22, 2007, and said they seized 3 kilograms of heroin, packaging material and cutting agents. Matthews subsequently pleaded guilty to selling more than 30 kilograms.

Anne Arundel

Severna Park

Rocks, explosives to be removed

A contractor agreed to remove 200 tons of rocks deposited along an Anne Arundel County shoreline that were found to contain several pounds of undetonated explosives, the property owner said yesterday.

More than a week after emergency officials flooded the Severna Park community of Round Bay to investigate the explosives, D.C. Aggregates LLC, the company that supplied the rocks, began removing them yesterday morning under the supervision of fire officials, said Richard Roden, who had paid to have the rocks deposited to reinforce the shoreline in front of his home. State environment officials said Monday that they were trying to determine where the rocks came from. More than 9 pounds of undetonated explosives were recovered July 26, and Roden said five more sticks of explosives were found yesterday. Fire officials said the materials did not pose an immediate safety risk.

D.C. Aggregates LLC president John Driggs declined to comment.

Justin Fenton

Glen Burnie

Man, 29, convicted in shooting death

A Glen Burnie man was convicted yesterday of manslaughter in the shooting of a man he had known for more than two decades in an apparent dispute over thousands of dollars in an unpaid debt.

Todd Alan Poorman entered an Alford plea yesterday to one count of manslaughter in the Nov. 4, 2005, shooting of Michael Leo Rousseaux, 28, of Severna Park. Under an Alford plea, a defendant acknowledges that prosecutors have sufficient evidence for guilty finding but does not admit guilt.

Poorman, 29, was convicted of manslaughter and handgun charges in the shooting by a jury last year, but Circuit Court Judge Paul A. Hackner overturned the conviction two months later. Poorman's sentencing is set for Sept. 3.

Nicole Fuller

Baltimore County


Man shot to death near park identified

Police identified a Baltimore County man yesterday who was killed Monday night near Gwynn Oak Park.

Umar Ibn Shakir, 18, of the 1500 block of Langford Road was with friends in the Woodlawn area about 9 p.m. when shots were fired, police said.

Shakir was pronounced dead at the scene, in the 5400 block of Gwynndale Ave., police said. A man was seen running from the scene, getting into a car and driving away, police said.

Authorities asked that anyone with information about the shooting call 410-307-2020.

Arin Gencer

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