City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

August 19, 2008

Three arsons investigated in Harford

Officials from the state fire marshal's office are asking for help in their investigation of three arsons that were set early Sunday in Harford County, authorities said yesterday.

The first two fires occurred off Route 7 near Edgewood at 5:30 a.m. A passer-by discovered a car on fire in the 1900 block of Steven Drive. The fire destroyed a 1998 Honda Civic EX and melted the vinyl siding of the owner's house, as well as the siding of the house next door, said Deputy State Fire Marshal Jamie D. Rodeheaver. Damage to the car and homes was estimated at $16,500.

As firefighters were extinguishing that blaze, a neighbor saw a 1996 Saturn on fire in the 1900 block of Chipper Drive. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $5,000, said Rodeheaver.

As the fires were started on the interior passenger side of the vehicles at about the same time only a block apart, investigators suspect the same person is responsible for both, Rodeheaver said. "It's more than a coincidence," he said.

Shortly after midnight Sunday, a resident in the 800 block of Brentwood Park Drive discovered a pyrotechnic device in his mailbox. The device was very small and was believed to have gone off, but did not destroy the mailbox, Rodeheaver said. Damage was estimated at $25.

Anyone with information about any of the incidents is asked to call the fire marshal's Bel Air office at 410-836-4844.

Ellie Baublitz

Baltimore

Homicides

Teen shot Aug. 7 dies of his injuries

A boy shot Aug. 7 outside his mother's home in the 2900 block of Garrison Blvd. has died, a city police spokesman said.

John Person, 17, who lived with his mother, was standing in a parking lot outside their apartment building about 12:15 a.m. when a gunman shot him in the back, said Agent Donny Moses, the spokesman.

Moses said Person managed to crawl into the building, where he was found a short time later by police and Fire Department medics. He was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he remained in critical condition before dying about 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

In apparently unrelated cases, police yesterday named the victims of three other killings.

On Aug. 8, Rudy M. Guzman, 22, of the 400 block of N. Highland Ave. was standing outside a convenience store in the 3300 block of E. Fayette St. about 2:25 a.m. when someone shot him in the chest. The native of Guatemala died several hours later at Johns Hopkins Hospital. No arrest had been made.

The same day, Shawn Weaver, 37, of the 2800 block of Spellman Road in Cherry Hill was involved in an altercation with another man in the 2600 block of Giles Road about 2 a.m. when he was shot. Police said Weaver fled to the 1000 block of Shellbanks Road, where the killer caught up to him and shot him several more times before fleeing. Weaver died less than an hour later at Shock Trauma.

Police said that about 11:40 a.m. July 18, officers responding to a report of a man shot in the 5000 block of Pembridge Ave. in Pimlico found Kervin McKnight, 45, of Edgewood in Harford County lying on the ground near a vacant house. Police said McKnight was shot multiple times in the upper body and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Richard Irwin

Baltimore County

Lansdowne

Forum to discuss seniors' finances

Rep. John Sarbanes and Baltimore County officials will hold a forum at 11 a.m. today at the Lansdowne Senior Center, 424 Third Ave., to help older residents cope with difficult financial times.

The presentation will include county Department of Aging Director Arnold J. Eppel and representatives of AARP, United Seniors of Maryland and the Baltimore County Association of Senior Citizens Organizations.

Information: 410-887-2002.

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