Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

January 29, 2009

Annapolis man killed; woman turns gun on self

An Annapolis woman fatally shot a man she lived with before turning the gun on herself early Tuesday, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday. Helen E. Clapsaddle, 43, and Michael J. Missimer, 39, were found dead of gunshot wounds in the master bedroom of their apartment in the 600 block of Admiral Drive minutes after a woman called police and said, "Get us or you will find two dead bodies," police said. Clapsaddle had been having financial problems and domestic issues with Missimer, police said. Detectives continued to investigate in the pair's apartment on the top floor of a quiet, tan-and-white building yesterday. Neighbors said that they rarely saw or spoke with the couple and had never heard arguing or gunshots coming from the apartment. "For the most part, you never saw anybody over there," said neighbor Ricky Sweeney.

Julie Scharper

Third person is charged in Woodlawn shooting

A third person has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a man Nov. 3 in Woodlawn, Baltimore County police said yesterday. Quinzell Tyrell Covington, 22, of the 1300 block of Pennsylvania Ave. in Baltimore has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Cletus Gittens. Two other Baltimore men have been charged with murder in Gittens' death: Xavier Antonio Hall, 21, of the 2100 block of Orleans St. and Timothy Bean, 25, of the 2800 block of Ellicott Drive. Police responding to a report of gunshots in the 7100 block of Security Blvd. found Bean and Gittens, 25, of the 1900 block of Greengage Road in Woodlawn suffering from gunshot wounds. Gittens was pronounced dead at Northwest Hospital Center. Bean and Hall were charged in November. Covington was arrested Tuesday when he was found by police in the 600 block of Pitcher St. Police said they don't know of a motive in the shooting.

Teen charged in death of restaurant owner

An 18-year-old Baltimore man has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of a food carryout owner who was ambushed while making a delivery, authorities said yesterday. Ronald Gamble of the 1000 block of Ashland Court was also charged with armed robbery and first-degree assault in an attack that police say happened in a vacant lot in the 800 block of Webb Court on Jan. 3. Police say Gamble and a co-defendant, Walter Taylor, lured Tian Zin Wang to the address by placing an order, then robbed and shot the victim. Wang was shot four times and died at a hospital. Police linked the defendants to a cell phone number used to make the call.

Brent Jones

Edgewood man gets 60 years in child's death

A Harford County man was sentenced yesterday to 60 years in prison in the death of his girlfriend's young daughter, prosecutors said. Sean Thomas Jones, 22, of Edgewood had been convicted of second-degree murder and child abuse in the July 2007 death of 2-year-old Ashlyn Sutherland. Jones, who was watching the girl while her mother visited a neighbor, smothered the child when she would not to stop crying, prosecutors said. Harford County Circuit Judge Emory Plitt imposed the maximum sentence in the case. Jones must serve 50 percent of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole, prosecutors said.

Jonathan Pitts

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