Crime & Courts


December 02, 2008

Two men fatally shot in unrelated attacks

Two men were fatally shot early yesterday in apparently unrelated incidents, Baltimore police said. The first shooting occurred in the 1800 block of N. Washington St. Police said Donnell Williams, 19, of the 1600 block of Cliftview Ave. was shot about 12:10 a.m. and died a short time later at an area hospital. The second shooting took place less than two hours later. Shortly after 2 a.m., Eastern District police responding to a report of a man shot in the 200 block of S. Clinton St. learned that the victim had been taken by a city Fire Department ambulance to an area hospital. The man had died several minutes earlier, police learned. His name was withheld pending notification of family members. Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and an indictment in either of the shootings.

Richard Irwin

Inmates assault three guards in W. Md. prison

As many as five inmates at a Western Maryland prison could be criminally charged after three correctional officers were assaulted Saturday, officials said. One officer was attacked about 1 p.m. at the North Branch Correctional Institution in Hagerstown as inmates returned to their cells from an outside courtyard recreation area, and the other officers were injured after viewing the assault on surveillance cameras and responding to the scene. Their injuries were described as minor, and the officers were treated and released from a local hospital within hours, officials said.

Justin Fenton

Police identify suspect in Arundel Mills robbery

Anne Arundel police were searching for a 23-year-old Prince George's County man in connection with a robbery in the parking lot of Arundel Mills mall last week. A woman walking to her car in the parking lot about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday was approached by a man who grabbed her purse and implied that he had a weapon, police said. The man fled in a car driven by another person, but the woman was able to give police a description of the car and tag number, police said. Police traced the car to a home in Lanham and, through interviews with relatives, identified Raul Ramos-Guido as the suspect. Five people have been robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of Arundel Mills and nearby shops in four other incidents in the past two months.

Julie Scharper

Police say woman stole holiday lawn ornaments

A 51-year-old Manchester woman was arrested yesterday on charges of stealing $360 worth of holiday lawn ornaments in the Carroll County town, police said. About 4:30 a.m., a resident called police to report a loud noise. She discovered that her 4-foot-tall lighted Santa and snowman ornaments and a lighting strand had been taken from her front yard. Another resident, who was talking with the first woman while out walking her dog, reported that several holiday ornaments of her own had been stolen, police said. A witness identified Gabriele Margo Markert of the 3200 block of York St. as the thief, and police found the missing decorations, along with ornaments belonging to a third resident, in Markert's home, police said. Markert was arrested and charged with three counts of misdemeanor theft. The three thefts occurred in the area of Long Lane and York Street, police said.

Mother, child indicted in Nov. stabbing of girl

A Howard County woman and her 17-year-old daughter have been indicted on attempted murder charges, accused of taking part in a fight last month with a juvenile girl who was hospitalized with stab wounds. Michelle Denise Fox, 38, and Chezmin Brittany Suter, 17, both of Talisman Lane in Columbia, were indicted by a grand jury last week on attempted first- and second-degree murder charges, as well as first- and second-degree assault and conspiracy. Suter was charged as an adult. About 9 p.m. Nov. 2, county police went to the 7200 block of Talisman Lane in Columbia after receiving a report of a stabbing, according to charging documents. The officers found that a juvenile girl had been stabbed in the leg. She was taken to a hospital, where she underwent surgery.

Tyeesha Dixon

Columbia businessman gets 3 years in tax case

A 57-year-old Columbia businessman was sentenced to three years in federal prison yesterday for failing to pay income taxes and file returns, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office. Anthony Edwin Dorsey Sr. ran an information technology consulting company called Allnet System Resources, earning at least $895,000 from 2001 to 2007, according to trial evidence. But he never paid state or federal taxes. He used phony Social Security numbers, offshore accounts and another person's identity to conceal his assets. "Yes, you do go to federal prison for cheating on your taxes," Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement.

Tricia Bishop

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