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March 21, 2009

Man charged in shootings


A 21-year-old man has been arrested and faces 31 criminal counts in connection with a quadruple shooting in East Baltimore last month. Police say David Hunter of the 300 block of E. 33rd St. was one of the suspects who opened fire on a group of men Feb. 26 in the 400 block of E. Lanvale St. near the intersection with Greenmount Avenue, wounding three of them: Chervez Kittrell, Vernon Smith and Christopher Horne. A fourth man, Charles Goodman, was shot as he ran toward the scene. Hunter is charged with four counts each of attempted first-degree murder, assault and reckless endangerment.

Justin Fenton

Vehicular homicide, robbery indictments


A Howard County grand jury has indicted a Mount Airy man charged with vehicular homicide in a crash this month that killed two people, according to the county state's attorney's office. Police said that Jose Algomeda-Santiago, who was also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, was arrested after the car he was driving crossed a double yellow center line on Route 32 and crashed into another vehicle. Two passengers in Algomeda-Santiago's car died from injuries in the accident March 1. Also this week, the grand jury indicted Jamal V. Brown of Ellicott City and Omar Natafie Black of Annapolis, accused in the armed robbery March 4 of the Ledo Pizza restaurant in the Normandy Shopping Center in Ellicott City, the county state's attorney's office said.

Don Markus

Fight at Northwestern results in 8 arrests


Eight female students were arrested after a fight in the cafeteria at Northwestern High School late yesterday morning that involved about 30 girls, officials said. School police used a burst of Mace to break up the altercation, said school system spokeswoman Edie House. Someone had used Mace before that, she said. One girl was hospitalized for a broken nose, House said. Meanwhile, at Booker T. Washington Middle, a boy was arrested after an altercation with a teacher about 11:20 a.m. yesterdsay. The boy was taken to the Department of Juvenile Services. So were the eight girls, House said.

Sara Neufeld

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