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January 24, 2009

Man believed responsible for eight bank robberies

Baltimore County police are asking the public's help in identifying a suspect they think is responsible for eight bank robberies since June. The most recent robbery was at 11 a.m. Jan 17 at Provident Bank in a Shoppers food store in the 11100 block of Reisterstown Road. The man is a suspect in these robberies: June 14 and Nov. 15, Chevy Chase Bank in the 4600 block of Edmondson Ave.; June 21, Provident Bank in the 5400 block of Baltimore National Pike; Aug. 12, Provident Bank in the 3800 block of E. Lombard St.; Aug. 21, Provident Bank inside the Reisterstown Road Shoppers food store that was also robbed last week; Nov. 30, Provident Bank inside the Shoppers food store in the 800 block of Goucher Blvd.; and Jan. 15, SunTrust Bank in the 100 block of E. Baltimore St. Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to Call Baltimore County police at 410-307-2020, or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7LOCKUP.

From Baltimore Sun staff reports

Guilford Avenue lane to be closed today

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A temporary lane closure along a portion of Guilford Avenue is planned from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today for a crane operation, according to city transportation officials. The far right lane will be closed from Bath Street to Pleasant Street, as work crews repair a sign on a building.

Man charged with murder in death of 2-year-old

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A 36-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder after a 2-year-old boy died of head injuries, Annapolis police said. According to police, William Warren Boyd of the 400 block of Captains Circle, Annapolis, was watching his girlfriend's nephew, Cyrus L. Besche, on Dec. 7, when he threw the child on a sofa, causing him to lose consciousness. The boy was taken to a hospital, where doctors discovered that he had suffered severe head trauma, police said. He died three days later. The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide and found that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the brain, police said. Boyd was arrested Thursday evening, police said. He is being held at the county detention center without bail.

Julie Scharper

Traffic delays expected today for Rice funeral

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Traffic delays are expected today as a funeral procession for a longtime Baltimore County firefighter goes from the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in North Baltimore to Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium, fire officials said. The funeral for Thomas E. Rice Sr. will be held at 10 a.m. at the cathedral, 5200 N. Charles St. The procession is expected to begin about noon and will go from Charles Street to Northern Parkway, the Jones Falls Expressway, Interstate 695, Interstate 83 north and Padonia Road. Motorists may want to consider alternate routes, officials said.

ELLIE BAUBLITZ

Two more are arrested in exotic dancer's killing

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Two more people have been arrested in the Nov. 7 fatal stabbing of an exotic dancer outside a strip club on The Block. That night, a fight erupted in Norma Jean's Gentleman's Club and spilled outside, where it was recorded by police cameras, according to charging documents. Police say Latesha Hughes, 22, and Branden Gordon Walker, 22, participated in the beating and fatal stabbing of Takira Johnson-Bey and an attack on another woman, who survived her injuries. Hughes and Walker were charged this week with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, conspiracy and assault. A third suspect, Shontay Lane, 22, was arrested the night of the stabbing, police said.

Justin Fenton

Private septic systems blamed for water pollution

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Despite public concerns that Anne Arundel County's pumping station overflows are responsible for the Chesapeake waterways' high pollution levels, state and county officials said yesterday that private septic systems are the main source of high bacteria levels. Officials from the Maryland Department of the Environment and Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works spoke to the county's delegation yesterday in Annapolis. Ronald Bowen, director of the county's Department of Public Works, said that pet and septic tank waste have contributed significantly to water pollution.

Tyeesha Dixon

Howard school board rejects shrinking break

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Howard County's school board voted late Thursday against a proposal to shrink spring break from six days to three. It approved the school calendar for the coming academic year, from July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010.

John-John Williams IV

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