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April 28, 2009

Two men shot; police exploring possible link

Two shootings were reported in the city's Northeastern District Monday night, according to a Baltimore police spokeswoman. In the first incident, a man was shot in the chest and right buttock about 10:50 p.m. in the 7200 block of McClean Blvd., said Officer Nicole Monroe, a Baltimore police spokeswoman. The victim was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital. The second victim walked into Good Samaritan Hospital shortly after 11 p.m. after he was shot in the chest and arm at Moravia and Belair roads, Monroe said. It was unclear whether the two incidents were related, but detectives will investigate that possibility, Monroe said. The victims were not identified.

Liz Kay

Police seek public's help in arson case

Baltimore County police are asking for the public's help in tracking down whoever was responsible for torching a house west of Lutherville last month and causing about $1.5 million in damage. The blaze started shortly after 4 a.m. March 15 in the 11200 block of Greenspring Ave., and when firefighters arrived the structure was engulfed in fire, according to a statement from police Monday. No one was in the home at the time. An investigation revealed that the fire had been set intentionally. Anyone with information about the fire is being asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-756-2587.

Nick Madigan

Man pleads guilty to attempted murder

A Baltimore man accused of using a cleaver and a crowbar in an attack on a Howard County woman and her daughter last summer pleaded guilty Monday to attempted murder. Raymond Watson, 54, entered an Alford plea to two counts of attempted second-degree murder in Howard County Circuit Court. In submitting an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but concedes that the prosecution has enough evidence to obtain a conviction.

Don Markus

Man's body found on a southwest lot

City police found the body of a homicide victim lying in a weed-filled lot in Southwest Baltimore on Monday morning, a half-block from an elementary school. The man's body was found about 7 a.m. near Christian and Smallwood streets, near Samuel F.B. Morse Elementary. Police believe the man had been killed sometime overnight. No identity or approximate age of the victim was available.

Gus G. Sentementes

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