In The Region


March 27, 2009

2 men slain in city in separate shootings

Two men were fatally shot in the city Thursday, several hours apart at separate locations in apparently unrelated incidents. No arrests had been made and the victims' names have not been released. The latest homicide occurred shortly before 5 p.m., when a man in his late teens or early 20s was gunned down in front of a Reservoir Hill carryout and died a short time later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Central District police responding to a man shot in front of Friendly Carryout, in the 700 block of W. North Ave. near Linden Avenue about 4:47 p.m., found the victim lying in front of the store bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds. After Fire Department medics performed first aid, he was taken to Shock Trauma, where he died less than an hour later without giving police any information. The earlier homicide occurred about 3 a.m. in the 5800 block of Edgepark Road near Ramblewood Road in the Loch Raven neighborhood. Police said a man, 23, was shot several times in the upper body in the street outside an apartment building and was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he died about 30 minutes later. Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and an indictment in either slaying.

Bel Air man working at APG is electrocuted

A 64-year-old Bel Air man was electrocuted Wednesday in an accident at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen officials said. Grat Blackburn, a contract worker for Bowhead DSI for the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, was injured in a work-related incident about 1 p.m., according to Aberdeen officials. He was taken to Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about two hours later, Aberdeen officials said. The accident is being investigated.

Brent Jones

2-car accident in city leaves seven injured

A two-car accident Thursday at East Madison Street and North Collington Avenue sent seven people to hospitals with injuries that were not life-threatening, a spokesman for the city Fire Department said. About 7 p.m., four adults and three children were taken to Johns Hopkins Children's Center and Maryland General, according to Fire Department officials. The incident is under investigation.

Brent Jones

City man sentenced in racketeering case

A federal judge sentenced a Baltimore man to two life terms Thursday on racketeering charges for his role in a murderous, drug-dealing organization. Shawn Gardner, 31, is the third person convicted by a federal judge on racketeering conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering and drug-dealing charges. Federal prosecutors say Gardner and others ran a violent gang in Baltimore and Baltimore County from 1996 to 2006. The men were members of a violent criminal organization that conspired to commit murder, armed robbery and home-invasion robbery to further the enterprise, according to evidence. Gardner was convicted of Tanya Jones-Spence's 2002 murder.

Associated Press

Md. House backs wider jobless benefits

The Maryland House of Delegates voted Thursday for legislation extending unemployment benefits to part-time workers. The 94-43 vote follows Senate approval of Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal that proponents say will help a growing part-time work force in difficult economic times. The bill had faced opposition from restaurants and other small businesses, which warned it would force them to pay higher payroll taxes. Both chambers altered the bill to make part-time workers eligible if they work at least 20 hours a week.

Laura Smitherman

Two men killed, woman wounded in PG

Two men were fatally stabbed and a woman was seriously wounded Thursday in an ordinarily quiet neighborhood in Upper Marlboro in Prince George's County. The slain men were found in different parts of a house in the 11000 block of Snow Court, their hands bound and their throats slit, according to law enforcement officials. The woman called 911 just before 12:15 p.m. Officers arrived and found her alive but seriously injured, police said. She was taken to a hospital. Authorities said one of the men was the father of the wounded woman, and the other was either her boyfriend or husband. Names were not released late Thursday, pending notification of kin. Investigators think the assailant, who was still at large Thursday night, knew one or all of the victims, said Maj. Andy Ellis, a police spokesman.

The Washington Post

Va. man convicted in robbery, robbery try

A Virginia man has been convicted in the robbery and attempted robbery of two Hagerstown banks. David Shanton Sr., 55, of Winchester was convicted Thursday by a federal jury in Baltimore.

Associated Press

Salisbury killing nets 2 life terms, plus 20

SALISBURY: A Wicomico County judge has sentenced a man to two consecutive life terms plus 20 years for shooting a Salisbury man to death in the stairway of his apartment building. Duran Moss, 27, of Salisbury was sentenced Wednesday in the death of Kevin Tull, 22, in May. In January, Moss was found guilty of first- and second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and weapons charges. Moss' mother, Sherri Rideout, asked the judge to have compassion for her son, whom she says is a caring father. Prosecutors say Moss could be eligible for parole in about 50 years.

Associated Press

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