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March 07, 2009

Suspect shot by police in N.W. Baltimore

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A Baltimore police officer shot a suspect in the upper body about 8 p.m. yesterday during a narcotics investigation in Northwest Baltimore, police said. The shooting occurred at Pimlico Road and Garrison Avenue after two people got into a car and drove into an officer at the scene, said Anthony Gugliemi, a police spokesman. The officer was treated at a hospital and released. A second officer fired at one of the suspects with a service revolver, Gugliemi said. Police do not release the names of officers involved in shootings, under a policy adopted in January. The officer, 28, is being placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation. The man who was shot was taken to a hospital, but his condition was not known. The second suspect was arrested at the scene. The two officers were working for the Violent Crimes Impact Division and recovered suspected narcotics at the scene, police said. The officer involved in the shooting has been on the police force since 2005 and had previously shot two others, said Detective Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman. In both cases, the shootings "were deemed justified," she said. The last police-involved shooting was Feb. 17.

Liz Bowie

MARC stations get new ticket machines

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The Maryland Transit Administration has installed new ticket vending machines at many of its MARC stations, including the busy Halethorpe station on the Penn Line. The MTA said the machines, like Amtrak's Quik-Trak at Washington's Union Station and Baltimore's Penn Station, accepts all major credit and debit cards but not cash or vouchers. The machines will be available whenever MARC Train service is in operation. According to the MTA, the machines will increase efficiency and offer commuters a "seamless" service. As of tomorrow, ticket agents have been eliminated at several stations, including Aberdeen, Martin State Airport and Perryville on the Penn Line and Laurel and Savage on the Camden Line. As a result, passengers will not be able to use cash or vouchers to buy tickets at the stations but will be able to pay fares in cash aboard the train without penalty. Passengers who have SmartBenefits vouchers should use www.commuterdirect.com for electronic ticket purchases and information about the program.

Michael Dresser

Assistant principal wins national award

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An administrator at a Howard County middle school has been recognized with a national award honoring top assistant principals. Melissa Shindel of Patuxent Valley Middle School in Jessup was chosen from among three finalists for the award, which is given annually by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The association noted Shindel's efforts in planning learning fairs and instructional workshops, reviving the student government association and launching peer tutoring programs and mentoring workshops. Shindel will receive $5,000, which can be used in her school or for personal professional development.

John-John Williams IV

Man dies in Southeast Baltimore shooting

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Police were investigating a homicide in Southeast Baltimore last night, authorities said. Two men were involved in a shooting at 9:37 p.m. in the 3700 block of E. Lombard St., said Detective Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman. One man was dead at the scene, she said; the condition of the other person involved was unavailable. Police were investigating.

Liz Bowie

15-month prison term in prostitution scheme

A federal judge sentenced a Frederick woman to prison for a prostitution scheme organized at Maryland and Virginia brothels. Adriana Delcid, 42, was sentenced yesterday to 15 months in prison after she pleaded guilty to money laundering charges.

Associated Press

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