Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

January 21, 2009

Man held in woman's death

Baltimore County police have made an arrest in the fatal shooting of a Middle River woman who was a bystander as a drug deal turned violent, police said yesterday. Warren Jerome Yates, 26, of the 7800 block of St. Boniface Lane was arrested about 9 p.m. Monday in Baltimore and has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Shirley Worcester. Worcester, 58, was shot Jan. 7 outside her house on Whitethorn Way in Middle River. Police said a man had purchased more than $4,000 worth of marijuana with a roll of money that had a $100 bill on the outside and fake cash inside. The buyer ran off, and the seller gave chase, firing two shots, police said. One hit Worcester, who was taken to Franklin Square Hospital Center, where she was pronounced dead. Yates also has been charged with possession and distribution of narcotics and felony use of a handgun in the commission of a violent crime.

Charges in infant's death

An Anne Arundel County man accused of violently shaking his 1-month-old daughter has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday. John Wayne Wirick Jr., 32, of Dewberry Circle in Pasadena was being held without bond at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center, police said. On Jan. 9, Lilyanna Alora Wirick's parents took her to Baltimore Washington Medical Center because of a low temperature, police said. She was in a coma and had suffered a serious brain injury. On Jan. 12, detectives arrested Wirick and charged him with first-degree child abuse and first-degree assault in connection with the baby's injuries. Lilyanna died of her injuries Jan. 15, police said. Wirick was charged with murder on Monday.

Tyeesha Dixon

2 arrested in robberies

Two Carroll County brothers have been arrested and charged in five armed robberies that took place over the weekend, Maryland State Police said. Gregory M. McGehrin, 19, and Bryan M. McGehrin, 23, were arrested about 5 a.m. yesterday after they separately left their apartment in the 14000 block of Liberty Road in Taylorsville, police said. Each man has been charged with multiple counts of armed robbery, robbery, first-degree assault, theft and conspiracy, police said. The brothers are accused of robbing a Sykesville High's store Saturday; a Gamber Royal Farms store Sunday; a Woodbine 7-Eleven store Sunday; a Mount Airy Domino's Pizza shop Sunday; and Lee's Carry Out in Mount Airy on Monday, police said.

Liz F. Kay

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