Around The Region

March 16, 2009

Two homicide victims identified

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City police released yesterday the names of two men who were fatally shot over the weekend. No arrests had been made in either case, police said. About 10:20 p.m. Saturday, Keon Barnes, 35, of the 3000 block of Edmondson Ave. was shot multiple times in the 1900 block of Pulaski St. near Herbert Street in the Mondawmin neighborhood. He died about 4 a.m. Sunday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said. The second man killed over the weekend, Andrew Goodwin, 22, of the 400 block of Normandy Ave. in Allendale, was shot in the head and upper body outside his home about 11 p.m. Friday and was pronounced dead at an area hospital, police said.

Richard Irwin

Madden to celebrate St. Patrick's Mass

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Auxiliary Bishop Denis J. Madden will celebrate Mass in honor of St. Patrick at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Fells Point. St. Patrick's, at Broadway and Bank Street, is one of the oldest Catholic parishes in Baltimore.

Parkton auto shop badly damaged in fire

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A two-alarm fire yesterday afternoon that required assistance from a tanker strike force extensively damaged an auto repair shop in Parkton before being brought under control by nearly 100 firefighters, including personnel from York County, Pa., and Harford County, authorities said. The fire was reported shortly before 1:45 p.m. in the 19500 block of Old York Road. The shop was completely in flames when the first of 50 pieces of fire equipment arrived, said Lt. John E. Cromwell Jr., a Baltimore County Fire Department spokesman. Cromwell said a water tanker team was dispatched to provide more water. Nearly a dozen county fire stations responded to the fire, which was declared under control at 5:17 p.m., a Fire Department dispatcher said. There were no injuries. A county hazardous materials unit and officers from the Maryland Department of the Environment were assessing any possible environmental threat. The cause of the fire was under investigation.

Richard Irwin

Two 16-year-old girls are reported missing

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Police from Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties were searching for two girls who were reported missing yesterday. Ramona Jones, 16, was last seen March 9 at Arundel High School and might be in the company of the other girl, Shannon Brewer, 16, of Lanham in Prince George's County. Anyone knowing their whereabouts is asked to call the Anne Arundel County police at 410-222-3588 or Prince George's County police at 301-333-4000.

Baltimore Co. offers foreclosure counseling

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Baltimore County is offering free legal counseling to residents faced with the possibility of losing their homes to foreclosure. The first session will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Randallstown library branch, 8604 Liberty Road. Other sessions are scheduled for April 22 at the Catonsville library, May 13 at the Rosedale library and June 17 at the Dundalk library. Information: Baltimore County Office of Community Conservation, 410-887-3124.

Two Wheaton teens charged in stabbing

SILVER SPRING: Montgomery County police said two Wheaton teens were charged Saturday as adults in a near-fatal stabbing last week. Alvin Rey Valdez, 16, and Jose Romero, 14, each were charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault and other offenses, authorities say. The charges are related to a Wednesday incident in which the two teens are accused of attacking a 20-year-old Silver Spring man at Georgia and Hewitt avenues. Officials say the three had exchanged gang signs and began fighting near a bus shelter. Police allege that Valdez stabbed the victim several times. Valdez and Romero were arrested Friday night. The victim remained in grave condition at a hospital.

Associated Press

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