Crime Digest

CRIME DIGEST

April 16, 2009

Two men dead in separate incidents

A man who was shot in the leg Wednesday died from his injuries and another man was found dead in a vehicle in separate incidents on Baltimore's east and west sides, police said. The two homicides bring the city's count to 65 for the year, compared with 55 at this time last year. A man was found dead in a vehicle in the 1800 block of Aiken St., in the Oliver community. Three hours later, a man was shot in the leg in the unit block of Gorman Ave. in the Penrose community, and died later. The victims were not identified.

Justin Fenton

D.C. schools worker charged with assault

An employee of the District of Columbia school system is accused of assaulting a teenager selling newspapers door-to-door in Crofton on Tuesday afternoon, Anne Arundel County police said. The 18-year-old was invited into a home in the 1000 block of Chillmark Court, police said Wednesday. Once inside,, the man forced her to perform sex acts, police said. The teenager ran to a neighbor's house and called police. Officers arrested Brannon Joel Powell, 29, and charged him with a second-degree sex offense, second-degree assault and related lesser charges. He is being held at the county detention center on a $1.5 million bond pending a bail review hearing. Powell is a professional development instructor for District of Columbia public schools, police said.

Julie Scharper

2-car crash in Carroll kills Sykesville woman

A Carroll County woman died Wednesday after the car she was driving collided with another vehicle in Sykesville, according to state police at the Westminster Barracks. Police said Maggie Ringley Saylor, 82, of the 200 block of Klees Mill Road in Sykesville, was driving a 1998 Pontiac north on Johnsville Road shortly before 11 a.m. According to police, she ran a red light at Route 26 and crashed into a 2000 Oldsmobile driven by Edith Cooper, of the 6100 block of Hidden Hollow Drive in Sykesville, who was westbound on Route 26. Police said Saylor was taken to an area hospital, where she later died.

Richard Irwin

Eastern Shore fire chief killed in crash

The commanding officer of an Eastern Shore volunteer fire company was killed Wednesday evening after the pickup truck he was driving on the way to a fire in Sudlersville, Queen Anne's County, crashed into a tree, a spokesman for the county's fire and medical emergency services said. Kevin Aftung, acting chief of the county's fire and medical service unit, said Charles F. Clough Jr., 46, commander of the Sudlersville Volunteer Fire Co., was driving a fire company vehicle about 7:45 p.m. when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. Aftung said Clough was pronounced dead at the scene.

Richard Irwin

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