Crime Briefs

June 21, 2009

Man arrested, charged with second-degree murder

A 31-year-old Baltimore man has been arrested in the May 5 killing of Yamar A. Martin in Aberdeen. The Maryland State Police Apprehension Team took Donald D. Brown Jr. into custody Friday afternoon in Essex and turned him over to the Harford County Sheriff's Office. Brown was being held Saturday night at the Harford County Detention Center in lieu of $500,000 bail. He is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Martin in the area of Perrywood Drive and Perrywood Court.

-Scott Calvert

Baltimore police officer accused of assaulting wife

A Baltimore police officer was arrested on a domestic violence charge after allegedly assaulting his wife, who is also a city police officer, said Anthony J. Guglielmi, a police spokesman. The officer arrested, Arnold L. Ford Jr., 39, has been on the force two years. He was taken into custody about 2 p.m. Saturday in the 3800 block of Grantley St. in Northwest Baltimore, police said. Police commanders took his badge and gun, and his police powers have been suspended, Guglielmi said. Other details about the incident were not immediately available. Police did not release the name of his wife, who is 40 and has been a city officer for 21 years. She was treated at a local hospital for an injury to her hand, police said.

- Annie Linskey

Hagerstown man gets 50 years in bank robberies

A Hagerstown man was sentenced to 50 years in federal prison Friday for armed bank robberies, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office announced. The sentence was enhanced based on three previous convictions for violent felonies. David Wilberton Shanton, 54, was convicted in March after a four-day trial. Evidence presented showed that he stole nearly $34,000 from an M&T Bank in Hagerstown in October 2007, fired a shotgun at a police vehicle, then stole a handgun and held a mother and her daughter hostage at gunpoint for hours while he made his getaway. In November 2007, he used the stolen gun in an attempt to rob a Susquehanna Bank in Hagerstown.

- Tricia Bishop

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