Around The Region

April 04, 2009

Detective cleared in fatal shooting

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A Baltimore police officer, who has drawn scrutiny for shooting three people in the past 21 months, has been cleared in his most recent shooting, police said. The fatal shooting of Shawn Cannady, 30, on March 6 prompted two state delegates and the Baltimore branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to call for a federal investigation, saying they were troubled that Detective Jemell Rayam had been involved in three shootings since June 2007. Police would not elaborate on how investigators came to the conclusion that Rayam's actions were justified. His previous shootings were also ruled justified, and he received a citation of valor for his actions in one of those cases.

Justin Fenton

Man is fatally stabbed in Upton neighborhood

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City police are investigating a homicide early Friday in the West Baltimore neighborhood of Upton. About 2:15 a.m., officers were called to the 400 block of Watty Court, where they found a man with an apparent stab wound to the back lying inside a doorway, police said. The victim, whose age was not known, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead at 2:30 a.m., police said.

400 marijuana plants found in city home

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Acting on a tip from the night before, city police raided a Northwest Baltimore home Friday afternoon and recovered more than 400 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of at least $500,000. Sgt. Christopher Talley, of the Violent Crimes Impact Division, said the house, in Mount Washington, was equipped for a "massive growth operation," with each room set up for a different phase of the growth process. Talley said a suspect had been detained and would be charged, but he declined to identify him. At the Police Department's training facility on Northern Parkway, where the drugs were taken Friday, the smell of marijuana was so strong that the doors were propped open for ventilation.

Justin Fenton

Two charged in selling drugs from gas station

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Anne Arundel County police have arrested two men and charged them with selling drugs from the Severna Park gas station where they worked, police said Friday. About 5 p.m. Thursday, after executing a search warrant at a Shell gas station in the 600 block of Ritchie Highway, police said, they found $46,000 worth of marijuana, more than 6 grams of cocaine and more than $13,000 in cash. Police said they began an investigation about two months ago, after receiving complaints that "large amounts" of drugs were being sold from the gas station. Police arrested Arthur Paul Gonsalvez, 53, of Beltsville, and Raymond Failla, 25, of Silver Spring, at the station. About three hours later, police also found $7,500 worth of marijuana at Gonsalvez's home, they said. Gonsalvez has been charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine and possession of paraphernalia. Gonsalvez is being held at the county detention center on $300,000 bail. Failla was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of paraphernalia and is being held on $75,000 bail.

Nicole Fuller

Carroll man charged with murder of infant

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A Carroll County man faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of his girlfriend's 8-month-old daughter, investigators said. Donald Ray Pevia Jr., 28, was indicted by a grand jury Thursday on eight counts in the death last month of Ky'leigh Rogers of the 900 block of Caren Drive in Sykesville, said county deputy state's attorney David Daggett. The infant was pronounced dead at Carroll Hospital Center on March 3 after being taken to the hospital with apparent respiratory problems. An autopsy by the state medical examiner's office indicated that the girl died from blunt force trauma, and the death was ruled a homicide.

Joe Burris

Teen held in BB-gun wounding at school

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A Carroll County high school student was arrested Thursday, accused of firing a shot from a BB gun that injured a classmate in a hallway at school, the state police said. Anthony Harvey, 18, of Westminster was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and disrupting school activities. About 11 a.m. Thursday, officers were called to Westminster High School for a reported assault, police said. Officers said Harvey had taken a BB gun from his backpack and fired it at a 15-year-old girl, wounding her left arm.

Joe Burris

Pikesville Target, rid of rodents, reopens

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The Pikesville Target, which had been ordered closed because of a rodent infestation, reopened Friday after Baltimore County environmental protection inspectors determined that the store had resolved the problem.

Liz F. Kay

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