Crime & Courts

October 07, 2008

Northwest Baltimore shooting victim dies

A 23-year-old man died yesterday after being shot in the head Sunday night in Northwest Baltimore, city police said. About midnight, Baltimore police officers found the victim, Craig Colvin of the 2600 block of Quantico Ave., on the street in the 3100 block of Virginia Ave. near Delaware Avenue, police said. Paramedics took the man to nearby Sinai Hospital, where he died about 2:30 a.m. yesterday, police said. Police did not release information about a possible motive or suspect. Anyone with information about the shooting may call city homicide detectives at 410-396-2100.

Gus G. Sentementes

With theft up 40 percent, police encourage vigilance

Thefts from vehicles in Howard County are up 40 percent over last year, and police are urging residents to take steps to avoid being victimized. The increase might be due to more people reporting the crimes, but the "tightening economy" might also be a factor, Police Chief William J. McMahon said. The department has assigned increased plainclothes and uniformed patrols in areas that have been hit more frequently, including Montgomery Road, portions of Ellicott City, Columbia and North Laurel, McMahon said. McMahon said motorists should put valuables in the trunk and keep car doors locked.

Tyeesha Dixon

Sixth fire set in Aberdeen apartment building

The Maryland state fire marshal's office is asking for the public's help in finding whoever set a series of fires recently in an apartment building in the 300 block of Stevens Circle in Aberdeen. A sixth fire was set just after 10:30 a.m. Saturday in front of a first-floor apartment door in the interior common area, causing about $300 in damage, investigators said. The first four fires, starting Sept. 15, were set in a basement hallway. A fifth fire was set in front of an apartment door Oct. 1.

Ellie Baublitz

Husband charged in Woodlawn beating

A Woodlawn woman beaten with a brick in her home Thursday remained in critical but stable condition yesterday, and her husband, whom police revived after an apparent suicide attempt, is charged in the attack, Baltimore County police said. Officers responding to a report of an injured person arrived at 3:30 a.m. Thursday to the home in the first block of Greenapple Court and found Evelyn Macklin, 66, suffering from a large head wound, said Cpl. Michael Hill, a police spokesman. Police found her husband, John W. Macklin, 71, trying to hang himself, Hill said. He was taken to Northwest Hospital Center; his condition was not revealed yesterday. Macklin has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault, according to electronic court records. Evelyn Macklin, who was initially found by her stepdaughter, is being treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, Hill said.

From Baltimore Sun staff reports

Balto. County police seek woman in ID thefts

Baltimore County police are trying to identify a woman in connection with several instances of identity theft at Provident Bank locations. Yesterday, police released security camera photos of the woman taken during a transaction. Since May, police say, a woman has forged checking withdrawal tickets at Provident Bank branches in the names of three customers, withdrawing several thousand dollars in 14 transactions at Provident locations. The bank branches are on the east side of Baltimore County and Baltimore City, and one is in Shrewsbury, Pa., police said. Investigators say they don't know how the woman obtained the victims' information.

From Baltimore Sun staff reports

Cases dropped in 3 Pigtown burglaries

Earlier this year, Michael A. Peacock confessed to and was charged with four burglaries in Pigtown, but yesterday, Baltimore prosecutors dropped three of the four cases after learning that Peacock was in jail when those crimes occurred. Linda Deitz, Peacock's ex-wife, said detectives, desperate to close a string of robbery cases in the area, promised to erase the charges in the remaining case if he confessed to the three other crimes. Police spokesman Sterling Clifford said that's not how the department does business. "If we don't get the right guys, we don't actually reduce the number of burglaries being committed," Clifford said. "Should detectives have known that he was in jail when these particular ones were committed? The answer is yes."

Melissa Harris

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