Around The Region

AROUND THE REGION

December 15, 2008

Trooper arrests suspect after armed robbery

A state trooper on patrol apprehended a suspect in the armed robbery of a convenience store early Saturday in Harford County, and a second suspect was arrested by backup officers, Maryland State Police said. The trooper had observed suspicious behavior by a man standing outside a 7-Eleven on Philadelphia Road in Abingdon and parked his patrol car nearby to watch. While the trooper waited for assistance, the two men ran out of the store, carrying an undisclosed amount of money and property, police said. One of the men carried a pellet rifle, police said. The suspects are Charles E. Brown, 20, of Hatfield Court in Abingdon and Damion T. Cook, 22, of the first block of E. Lake Ave. in Baltimore, police said. Both men have been charged with robbery, assault and theft, according to electronic court records. Police said a third person might have acted as a lookout.

Laura Smitherman

Man dies in crash after losing control of car

A Catonsville man died yesterday afternoon at St. Agnes Hospital shortly after the car he was driving crashed into a utility pole less than two miles from his home, county police said. Michael A. Paris, 47, of the 100 block of N. Symington Ave. was driving a Dodge Neon west in the 1200 block of Frederick Road near Forest Drive and the Catonsville library about 3:30 p.m. when he suddenly lost control of the vehicle, crossed over into the eastbound lane and crashed into a telephone pole. Paris was the sole occupant of the car, police said, and no other vehicles were involved. An autopsy was to be performed today to determine whether a medical condition might have contributed to the crash.

Richard Irwin

BGE crew to help restore power in Northeast U.S.

Baltimore Gas and Electric crews will leave for Massachusetts today to assist with electrical restoration after heavy ice storms in the Northeast. About 65 linemen and support personnel will make the trip to help National Grid, an international electricity and gas company that serves Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, according to BGE. They will leave about 7 a.m. from Aberdeen. "BGE is part of a mutual assistance network of utilities and is prepared to help with restoration efforts outside of its Central Maryland service area when requested," BGE said in a statement.

Tyeesha Dixon

State's electoral votes to go to Obama today

Maryland's representatives to the Electoral College will formally cast their votes today for Barack Obama for president and Joe Biden for vice president, according to the Maryland Democratic Party. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. in the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis. The 10 electors will cast their votes verbally before the ballots are certified, sealed and delivered to the president of the U.S. Senate. Congress will meet in joint session Jan. 8 to count the Electoral College votes. By law, Maryland casts all of its electoral votes for the winner of the state's presidential election, the state Democratic Party said in a statement. Among those expected to attend today's ceremony are Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings and state Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler.

Tyeesha Dixon

Robbery attempt leads to rooftop chase, arrests

Two men were arrested yesterday after an attempted robbery in the Washington Village neighborhood, including one suspect who led police on a rooftop-to-rooftop chase that lasted more than three hours. Lt. Kenneth Butler said one man was arrested moments after the attempted robbery in the 1100 block of Cleveland St., but the other man made it onto nearby building roofs before police lost sight of him. Butler said he and two other officers watched from a rooftop deck as officers pursued the man from one roof to another along Cleveland, Wicomico, Ostend and Cross streets. Butler said the man remained hidden for several minutes until the crew of a police helicopter equipped with a searchlight flushed him out about 9:30 p.m. The man was captured after he jumped several feet from a garage roof onto Ostend Street. Multiple charges were pending against both men, police said.

Richard Irwin

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