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AROUND THE REGION

March 10, 2009

City police identify victim of fatal shooting

Yesterday, police identified a 22-year-old man who was fatally shot Sunday night in East Baltimore as Wayne Robinson of the 400 block of Hornel St. Southeastern District police responded to a report of shots fired in the 3400 block of E. Baltimore St. about 9:30 p.m. and found Robinson suffering from gunshot wounds. He died a short time later at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Police knew of no motive in the shooting, and no arrest had been made. Robinson's killing was one of three that occurred over the weekend, in addition to a police-involved shooting in which a man later died. Forty-two people have been killed this year in Baltimore, compared with 34 at this time last year.

Justin Fenton

Power plant waste storage to be reviewed

Prompted by a huge coal ash spill in Tennessee last year, the Environmental Protection Agency said yesterday it would review the safety of ponds and lakes where the power plant waste is stored and develop new regulations for managing it. EPA issued letters to electric utilities nationwide that store ash in "surface impoundments," or dams. There are no such ash impoundments in Maryland, though Allegheny Energy pipes 35,000 tons of ash from a Montgomery County plant to lagoons in West Virginia. The EPA is seeking information from the company about the disposal of that ash, and also about the handling of 230,000 tons of ash produced by a Mirant plant in Montgomery County. It was not clear whether the EPA rules would cover the disposal of ash in landfills or its use in coal mine reclamation. Maryland regulates those activities, but scientific and environmental groups have called for nationwide standards.

Timothy B. Wheeler

Shot in '97, died in '08; case is ruled homicide

A man shot in 1997 when he was 13 years old died in August of complications from his injuries. Last week, police ruled the death a homicide. Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman, said Roger Dennis was shot by another juvenile as he rode his bicycle in the 300 block of W. North Ave. Records show that Dennis died Aug. 8, 2008, at age 25, and Harris said a determination was made that Dennis' death should be considered a homicide. The death counts against this year's homicide total because the department considers the date that a cause of death was determined.

Justin Fenton

Man, 36, is charged in Arundel assault case

A man was arrested, Anne Arundel County police say, after he slipped into a bathroom stall in a Glen Burnie fast-food restaurant and began choking a 17-year-old girl before she managed to fight him off. About 6 p.m. Sunday, a man entered the women's restroom in a Wendy's in the 1200 block of Crain Highway, slid under a stall partition and choked the girl. She fought him, and he ran out of the restaurant, police said. Officers used police dogs and found a man hiding in the backyard of a home in the 1100 block of Somerset Drive, police said. Police charged Keith Darell Jones, 36, of no fixed address, with first- and second- degree assault and a fourth-degree sex offense. Anyone with more information is asked to contact Detective Tracy Morgan at 410-222-3466.

Julie Scharper

Man charged in setting grandmother on fire

A Baltimore man accused of setting his 85-year-old grandmother on fire during an argument has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, city fire and police officials said. The man was arrested a short time after the attack, said Detective Nicole Monroe, a city police spokeswoman. He was identified as Tyron Markit Mason, 29, police said. Battalion Chief Kevin Cartwright said the grandmother and the man were arguing at her home in the 1400 block of Poplar Grove St. about 5:15 p.m. Sunday when he is said to have doused her with alcohol and set her on fire. Cartwright said the victim, Ethel Henderson, ran from the house as flames burned her head, face and upper body. He said a retired city firefighter who lives on the street heard the woman's screams and extinguished the flames with his shirt. Henderson was taken by ambulance to the burn unit at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where she was being treated and was reported last night in serious condition, Cartwright said.

Richard Irwin and Liz Kay

2 guilty of fraud lose rent subsidies

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