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March 14, 2009

Man is shot in head and upper body, dies

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A man was fatally shot in the head and upper body in West Baltimore shortly after 11 p.m. yesterday, police said. He was shot at Normandy and Edmondson avenues, said police spokesman Agent Donny Moses. No other details were available last night.

Melissa Harris

I-97 collision kills 1 person, injures 2

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A man in a Lexus crashed into the rear of a van on Interstate 97 early yesterday, sparking a fire that consumed both vehicles and killed one person, authorities said. The collision occurred in the left lane of I-97 north of Waterbury Road in Crownsville. The Lexus driver, Joseph Romano, 25, of Davidsonville, and one of two occupants of the Chevrolet van escaped but were hurt. A second van occupant was pronounced dead at the scene. No other names were released.

Gus G. Sentementes

Junkyard searched in hunt for missing girl

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Baltimore County homicide investigators searched yesterday through a junkyard in Chase looking for a 16-year-old girl missing since March 6 from the city, police said. Searchers were expected to be at Ace Roll-Off Services on Earls Road through sunset yesterday and planned to return this morning, said Bill Toohey, a Baltimore County police spokesman. Officers were scouring an 8.5-acre wooded area surrounding the business, and they are taking about a dozen Dumpsters filled with trash to Eastern Landfill on U.S. 40 to sift through the contents, he said. "We are looking for any trace of this girl, whom no one has seen for a week," Toohey said. Police did not release the girl's name or where she lived. Baltimore City police began tracking the girl's activities after she was reported missing, and they contacted county officers Monday with information about her possible whereabouts, Toohey said. Homicide detectives investigate all missing- persons reports, he said.

MARY GAIL HARE

Rape charges dropped against Laurel student

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A Hyattsville 18-year-old was expected to be released last night after rape charges were dropped when a 15-year-old girl admitted that a sexual encounter last week at a Laurel private school was consensual, the Howard County state's attorney said. John Louis Rivers Jr., of the 1800 block of Cedarwood Court, told police the day after the incident that he had consensual sex with another student at the Phillips School. Rivers was charged with first- and second-degree rape, and first- and second-degree assault in an incident that had taken place March 6 in a stairwell at the school. After prosecutors asked for no bond or $1 million bond, a Howard County judge imposed a $100,000 bond. Rivers was being held at the county detention center. According to county State's Attorney Dario J. Broccolino, the girl made the admission in a subsequent interview with police. She had suffered injuries that required surgery. "In light of this new development in the case, we have acted to insure Mr. Rivers' release as quickly as possible," Broccolino said in a news release issued yesterday. The Phillips School is a private special-education day school on Whiskey Bottom Road. A school spokeswoman declined comment yesterday.

Don Markus

Goucher teacher fired in pornography case

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A Goucher history professor charged in a child pornography case was dismissed from the college yesterday, according to the school. The federal Cyber Crimes Center is investigating John Boughton, a visiting professor and Washington resident, over alleged possession of child pornography, said Kate Pipkin, Goucher spokeswoman. In a statement to students, faculty and staff, Goucher President Sandy Ungar said the investigation started last year, but that the school found out yesterday. According to Ungar, the school fired Boughton after learning that he had signed a statement acknowledging the accuracy of the charges. "I am incredibly disappointed that someone we knew and trusted would engage in activity that promotes harm to and the exploitation of children," Ungar wrote.

Pedestrian hit, killed by a car in Parkville

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A pedestrian was struck and killed by a car shortly after 8 p.m. yesterday while crossing Perring Parkway at McClean Boulevard in Parkville, Baltimore County police said. The driver of the car remained at the scene, said Cpl. John Wachter. No further details, including the identity of the victim or driver, were available.

Melissa Harris

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