Around The Region

AROUND THE REGION

April 15, 2009

3, one a juvenile, charged in killing

Three males, one a juvenile, have been arrested and charged in the fatal shooting Monday near a West Baltimore school of a Carroll County man during a robbery, police said. The victim, Russell Day, 31, of Westminster, was in an alley in the 2100 block of Christian St. near Samuel F.B. Morse Elementary School about 9 a.m. when he was shot in the upper body. Day died a short time later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said. At the scene, police found a semiautomatic handgun believed used in the shooting. Charged with first-degree murder and other offenses and held without bail at Central Booking and Intake Center are Jermaine McCory, 15, of the 1800 block of Vine St., who was charged as an adult; Davone Sydnor, 18, of the 1000 block of W. Lombard St.; and Kevin Ward, 18, of the 2500 block of Southdene Ave.

Richard Irwin

Howard man, 45, dies in single-vehicle crash

A 45-year-old Ellicott City man was killed early Tuesday when the sport utility vehicle he was driving went off a road near his home, Howard County police said. Paul Joseph Schmitt of the 7800 block of Flagstone Court was driving west on Route 103 near Wheatfield Way about 5:20 a.m. when his Mitsubishi Montero veered from the left lane, went off the road and struck a tree. No other vehicles were involved. Schmitt was taken to Howard County General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Don Markus

McDonogh Township crash kills 1, hurts 1

One person was killed and another injured Tuesday afternoon when two vehicles collided on a road near the McDonogh Township development, Baltimore County police said. Their names were withheld pending notification of family members. Shortly before 2:30 p.m., the vehicles collided in the 8100 block of McDonogh Road between Pittsfield and Field roads, trapping the female occupant of one vehicle. Police said she was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. The occupant of the second vehicle, believed to be a male, was taken by a county Fire Department ambulance to Sinai Hospital in Northwest Baltimore for treatment of injuries thought to be not life-threatening.

Richard Irwin

Rocks are hurled at vehicles near mall

Police are urging motorists and pedestrians to use caution on Route 100 near Marley Station mall after a number of large rocks were hurled at vehicles, including one that shattered a windshield, narrowly missing a driver. Since Friday, at least seven large white rocks have been thrown from the B&A Bike Trail overpass at vehicles traveling east on Route 100 just west of the Route 2 exit, Anne Arundel County police said. One of the rocks crashed through the windshield of a car and nearly hit the driver, police said. The majority of rocks were thrown after 10:30 p.m., police said. Police say that they are investigating but have not identified any suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 410-222-8610.

Julie Scharper

Police fire Taser, subdue man at fire

Police shot a man with a Taser after he rushed at a burning house and blasted officers with a fire hose in Laurel on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. When two officers warned the man that he was too close to the one-story house in the 300 block of Park Hall South, he grew "belligerent" and started yelling, said Anne Arundel County police spokesman Justin Mulcahy. The man grabbed a fire hose and doused the officers with water. One of the officers wrestled the hose away from him, and the man attacked the officer, Mulcahy said. The other officer fired a Taser to subdue the man, Mulcahy said. Police did not release the man's name. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Julie Scharper

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