Around The Region

AROUND THE REGION

December 11, 2008

Man shot on the street dies later at hospital

A man was shot last night on a street in the Ellwood Park-Monument neighborhood in East Baltimore and died later at a hospital. No arrest had been made and the man's identity was being withheld pending notification of family members, said a police spokesman. Agent Donny Moses, the spokesman, said Southeastern District police responding to a 911 call about 8:30 p.m. of a shooting in the 3000 block of Pulaski Highway, between Potomac Street and Ellwood Avenue, found the man lying on the ground and bleeding from bullet wounds to the head and upper body. Moses said the man was taken by a city Fire Department ambulance to the emergency room at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died about an hour later. The man's death brought to 223 the number of homicides in the city this year as of yesterday, compared with 271 at the same time last year, the spokesman said. 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 the slaying.

Richard Irwin

Day care center struck by deer hunters' gunfire

Gunfire from deer hunters shattered the front window of a Howard County day care center yesterday in an incident police say was accidental. A worker at Kids Time Out in the 5800 block of Clarksville Square Drive called about 1:30 p.m., county police said. Employees said they took the children into a bathroom after hearing gunshots and glass shattering, police said. Six children, two employees and a parent were in the day care center at the time, police said. No one was injured. Behind the center, police found that two hunters had shot a deer several hundred yards away. Gunfire shot at the deer struck the window, police said. The hunters, who used shotguns, were in compliance with the required 150-yard minimum distance from an occupied dwelling.

Tyeesha Dixon

Milford Mill student killed by school bus

Baltimore County police said yesterday that they were investigating the death of a 17-year-old Milford Mill Academy student who was struck by a school bus Tuesday evening as she stood in a left-turn lane on Liberty Road just west of Kenmar Road. Bianca Marie Dennis of the first block of Brubar Court was taken to Northwest Hospital Center, where she was pronounced dead, police said. She was hit about 6 p.m. by a Woodlawn Motor Coach Inc. school bus that had moved into the left turn-lane on westbound Liberty Road, police said. The bus, which was not carrying passengers, was driven by Ezekiah Caster, 74, of the first block of Bannock Court, police said. No charges have been filed in the accident, which is under investigation, police said.

From Baltimore Sun staff reports

Judge lets skateboarder lawsuit go ahead

Baltimore Circuit Judge Marcus Z. Shar ruled yesterday that a lawsuit brought by the family of a Curtis Bay skateboarder, who gained brief national fame after a video of him being confronted by a Baltimore police officer at the Inner Harbor was posted on YouTube, may proceed despite being filed 10 months after the July 2007 incident. The mother of Eric Bush, who is now 15, sued Officer Salvatore Rivieri in April, two months after the video was widely circulated, seeking $6 million for assault, battery and violation of rights. The city sought to have the suit dismissed because, among other things, such claims must be filed within 180 days of the incident. But attorney William Blackford argued that the statute of limitations did not apply to a minor.

Justin Fenton

Unoccupied home burns in rural section of Arundel

A large home in a rural part of Anne Arundel County was destroyed early yesterday in a fire that took about 75 firefighters to control, authorities said. A motorist called 911 about 1 a.m. to report a large column of flames shooting into the sky off Muddy Creek Road, in the Harwood section of the county. Fire crews were dispatched and found the home, on Lansdale Road near Muddy Creek, engulfed in flames. The house was not occupied, and no one was injured in battling the fire, which caused $660,000 in damage.

Gus G. Sentementes

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