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AROUND THE REGION

November 17, 2008

Man, 22, pleads guilty to '07 murder of officer

A 22-year-old Northeast Baltimore man has pleaded guilty to the murder last year of a corrections officer during an armed robbery outside the officer's home, according to the Baltimore state's attorney's office. Brandon Wall, 22, of the 2000 block of Hillenwood Road pleaded guilty Friday to felony first-degree murder, use of a handgun in the commission of a violent crime and robbery with a deadly weapon in the May 2007 killing of Lt. Perry Brooks, 48. There was no indication that the killing was related to Brooks' work in the Central Booking and Intake Center. Under the plea agreement, Wall faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, with all but 35 years suspended, when he is sentenced Jan. 22 by Baltimore Circuit Judge John A. Howard. Prosecutors said Wall and another man approached Brooks with the intention of robbing him at 2:30 a.m. May 25, 2007, as he sat in his 2004 Nissan Altima in the rear driveway of his home in the 1900 bock of Hillenwood Road. Wall shot Brooks, and shell casings recovered by investigators matched those recovered from the shooting and robbery of a Morgan State University professor earlier that month, authorities said. The professor, who was wounded in the attack, identified Wall from a photographic array, and Wall later confessed to the robbery and murder of Brooks, prosecutors said.

Baltimore police use Taser to subdue armed woman

Baltimore police used a Taser last night to disable a woman who was wielding a handgun in front of a house in the 200 block of W. Lorraine Ave. in the Remington community, said a Northern District shift commander. Sgt. Michael Hennlein said the woman, who is in her 20s, and a girlfriend were arguing in the house about 9:30 p.m. when the woman fired a shot that shattered a window but missed the other woman. Hennlein said several people in the house ran outdoors, followed by the armed woman. During the incident, someone called police to report a shooting. Hennlein said that when officers arrived, the woman was standing outside, bleeding from cuts caused by broken glass and threatening to shoot herself and others. After officers warned her to drop the gun and she failed to comply, one of the officers fired a Taser, striking the woman in the upper body with 50,000 volts, he said. The woman was taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment of the lacerations and the effects of the Taser. He said charges were expected to be filed against the woman upon her release from the hospital and that no other injuries were reported.

Richard Irwin

Planning office to hold forum on Hillendale area

The Baltimore County Office of Planning will hold a community forum to work on a comprehensive community plan for the Greater Hillendale area at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at Halstead Academy, 1111 Halstead Road. Anyone who lives, works or worships in the Hillendale community is welcome to offer ideas on ways to improve the area. The focus will be on calming traffic and developing youth programs. Information: 410-887-2909.

Man hospitalized after shooting in Annapolis

Annapolis police were investigating the shooting of a man in the 800 block of Betsy Court yesterday afternoon. Responding about 1:15 p.m. to a report of a shooting, police found a man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore; his condition was not available. Police said they did not have a suspect or know of a motive in the shooting. The man's name was withheld pending notification of family members. His condition was not immediately available.

Westbound lane of Hatem bridge to close tonight

The westbound lane of the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge between Havre de Grace and Perryville along U.S. 40 is set to close from 10 p.m. tonight until 5 a.m. tomorrow, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. Weather permitting, the closure will permit crews to move barrier walls as part of a bridge preservation project. The westbound detour will direct motorists to northbound Route 222, to southbound Interstate 95, to eastbound Route 155, to westbound U.S. 40. Transportation officials say one lane in each direction of the 1.5-mile span across the Susquehanna River will be reopened in time for tomorrow's morning rush hour.

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