Around The Region

AROUND THE REGION

March 09, 2009

Man held in burning of grandmother

An 85-year-old woman was in serious condition yesterday at an area hospital after a male relative apparently set her on fire during an argument at her West Baltimore home, a city Fire Department spokesman said. Their names were not immediately released. The man, who reportedly has mental problems, was arrested a short time later, said Detective Nicole Monroe, a city police spokesman. Battalion Chief Kevin Cartwright said the woman and her 29-year-old grandson were arguing at her home in the 1400 block of Poplar Grove St. when he allegedly doused her with alcohol and set her on fire about 5:15 p.m. Cartwright said the woman ran from the house as flames burned her head, face and upper body. A retired firefighter who lives on the street heard the woman's screams and extinguished the flames with his shirt. She was taken to the burn unit at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where she was being treated for second- and third-degree burns, Cartwright said. The suspect was traced to the home of another grandmother and was arrested. He was being questioned last night by city homicide detectives, police said.

Richard Irwin

Motorcyclist killed in crash with car

A 42-year-old motorcyclist died Saturday after he collided with a car near St. Agnes Hospital, city police said. The motorcyclist's name and that of the driver were not released. Officer William Murray said the 2008 Harley-Davidson Sportster was westbound in the 3300 block of Wilkens Ave. about 1 p.m. when he collided with a 2009 Mercury Grand Marquis. The motorcyclist was taken to St. Agnes, where he died a short time later. The car's driver was not hurt. State police said 92 people have died on Maryland roads this year, compared with 77 at the same time last year.

Young man dies of gunshot wounds

A young man was shot last night in East Baltimore and died a short time later at Johns Hopkins Hospital, police said. Southeastern District police responding to a report of shots in the 3300 block of E. Baltimore St. about 9:30 p.m. found a man with gunshot wounds. Police knew of no motive and no arrest had been made. Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment.

Richard Irwin

Lothian house catches fire; nobody injured

A fire that began yesterday afternoon in a garage in the 600 block of Rosewood Court in Lothian caused $300,000 damage to the two-story house and forced four adults to flee, an Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokeswoman said. Sixty-six firefighters from Anne Arundel, Prince George's and Calvert counties responded, said Capt. Debbie Bowen. A dog and a cat were accounted for; two other cats had not been found. Bowen said the residents, who were not injured, sought shelter with nearby relatives. Two firefighters were treated at the scene. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Richard Irwin

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