Around The Region

AROUND THE REGION

April 21, 2009

Maintenance man shot at complex

A maintenance man at a Pikesville apartment complex was shot in the head about 3 p.m. Monday, an incident that police said was witnessed by several middle school students as they left a nearby school. The man was taken to Northwest Hospital Center and was in grave condition, according to police. The shooting happened in the Owings Chase Apartments in the 4600 block of Old Court Road, police said. Police spokeswoman Sgt. Vickie Warehime said the suspect was involved in some kind of conflict before the shooting. Police did not identify the victim.

Brent Jones

Stabbing suspect charged with murder

City police have arrested a 32-year-old man in connection with a fatal stabbing that occurred April 3 in the McCulloh Homes housing complex. William Clayborne of the 400 block of Oxford Court was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree murder in the death of Zachary Thompson, 48.

Justin Fenton

Waste-to-energy plant plans move forward

Baltimore and Harford counties and the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority are moving forward with tentative plans to build an expanded-capacity waste-to-energy plant in Joppa. The counties have agreed to pay the disposal authority half of the preliminary planning costs, which include engineering, legal fees and financial advisory services. The estimated $450 million facility would serve the disposal needs of both counties and would provide energy to buildings at Aberdeen Proving Ground, its nearest neighbor. On Monday, the Baltimore County Council approved the maximum allocation of $375,435 for the county's share of the estimated preliminary costs. Initial plans call for the authority to construct, own and operate the facility, and assess operating costs to each county.

Mary Gail Hare

Autopsy results due in deaths of family of 5

Middletown: Frederick County authorities are expected to provide details Tuesday about why a Middletown man killed his wife and three young children and then turned a gun on himself. Funeral arrangements have also been set for the family found dead in their home Saturday. The county sheriff's office plans to release autopsy results and detail why and how Christopher A. Wood, 34, killed his wife, Francis Billotti-Wood, 33, and their three children, Chandler, 5, Gavin, 4, and Fiona, 2, before shooting himself. Wood left five suicide notes scattered about the house, with at least one saying he had been taking medication for psychological problems, authorities said. Visitation for the family will be at Holy Family Catholic Community parish from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. A Mass of Christian burial is scheduled for Friday for family, friends and parishioners, church officials said.

The Washington Post

Newlywed shoots her husband, kills herself

ELKTON: The Cecil County sheriff's office said a woman shot her husband in the back of the head, then fatally shot herself less than three weeks after they were married. Authorities said the woman shot her husband Sunday afternoon in their home in the 900 block of E. Old Philadelphia Road in Elkton. Sheriff's office spokesman Lt. Bernard Chiominto said the man told investigators that he was shot "out of the blue" while sitting on the couch. Both were taken to Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del., where the 34-year-old woman was pronounced dead and her 45-year-old husband was listed in critical condition Sunday evening. Their names were not released.

Associated Press

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