August 23, 2008

City police probe fatal 15-story fall

City police are investigating the death of a man who apparently jumped from the 19th floor of a 26-story downtown apartment building Thursday evening.

About 8 p.m., the man, believed to be in his mid-20s or early 30s and whose name was being withheld pending notification of his family, jumped from his 19th-floor apartment at the Park Charles at Charles Street, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a spokesman for the city Fire Department.

Cartwright said the man struck a balcony on the fifth floor before landing on a fourth-floor balcony of the apartment building in the 200 block of N. Charles St. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police detoured traffic onto other streets.

Agent Donny Moses, a city police spokesman, said that while the man's death appears to be a suicide, the city homicide squad is investigating.

Richard Irwin



Fatal-shooting victim is identified

A man found shot to death Aug. 12 in a wooded area near Forest Park High School has been identified as a resident of Brooklyn, a Police Department spokesman said.

About 3 p.m. that day, Northwestern District police responding to a report of shots fired in a woods off the 3700 block of Eldorado Ave. found Michael Little, 28, of the 900 block of Honaker Court, bleeding from at least one bullet wound, said Agent Donny Moses, the spokesman.

Moses said Little was pronounced dead at the scene by Fire Department medics.

No arrest had been made.

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.

Richard Irwin


Projects to prompt road closures

Baltimore transportation officials are planning to close a portion of Monument Street today and tomorrow to accommodate a demolition project.

The closure is expected to affect Monument from Fallsway to Greenmount Avenue, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days.

As a detour, eastbound traffic on Centre Street seeking to continue to Monument will be directed north on Fallsway. Motorists will need to stay in the right lanes of Fallsway, and then turn east on Eager Street, south on Greenmount, and then back to Monument.

Also today, transportation officials will close lanes from 6 a.m. to noon along Fayette Street between St. Paul Street and Charles Street for a crane operation.

While at least one lane will remain open throughout, officials recommend that motorists use alternate routes to avoid congestion.

Baltimore County


2 sought in holdup of credit union

Baltimore County police said yesterday they were searching for two men who held up the Central Credit Union in Towson on Thursday morning.

It was the third time in less than six months that the credit union in the 8500 block of LaSalle Road had been robbed, police said.

Witnesses told police that one of the men in Thursday's robbery appeared to have a gun.

There were no reports of injuries in the incident, which happened about 10:15 a.m., and the men left with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

The credit union had also been robbed last week and in March. Police said a man gave a teller a note demanding money Aug. 11 and fled with an undisclosed amount. Two men robbed the credit union March 7, causing road closures and lockdowns at nearby schools as officers searched the area for the robbers. Two men were arrested and charged in the March holdup, police said. No arrest has been made in last week's robbery, they said.

Glen Arm

Long Green Pike Bridge is reopened

Baltimore County reopened a new, wider Long Green Pike Bridge in Glen Arm yesterday after 10 weeks of construction.

The 28-foot bridge south of Long Green Road, built in 1916, was replaced and widened at a cost of $300,000.

The county said work on the 88-foot-long Big Falls Road Bridge over Gunpowder Falls near White Hall is expected to be finished in early October at a cost of $1.8 million.

It was built in 1933 and was closed a year ago for replacement.

In addition, the 9-foot Long Green Pike Bridge at Baldwin Mill and Fork roads in Baldwin will be replaced in September.

Work is expected to take a month and will not require closing the road. The cost is expected to be $90,000.

Ellie Baublitz

White Marsh

Man fatally struck by train is identified

An Amtrak employee who died Wednesday after he was struck by an Acela Express train has been identified as a Baltimore County resident, a railroad spokeswoman said.

Karina Romero, the spokeswoman, said Steven Rychwalski, 22, of White Marsh, an inspector for the communications and signals department, was working on the tracks north of the New Carrollton station shortly after 5 a.m. when he was struck by a train that had left Washington's Union Station for Boston. There were no injuries aboard the train.

Romero said Rychwalski, who had worked for the railroad since 2005, was airlifted to a hospital, where he died a short time later.

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