Crime Briefs

July 21, 2009

Teenager slain, 2nd wounded in East Baltimore shootings

Police said two 16-year-old boys were shot Sunday night, one of them fatally, at an intersection in the Madison East End neighborhood in East Baltimore, police said. Eastern District officers on patrol heard gunshots about 9:30 p.m. and responded to the intersection of North Kenwood Avenue and East Madison Street, where they found Jerrod Reed of the 200 block of N. Milton Ave. suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the head, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman. Medics arrived and pronounced him dead at the scene at 9:43 p.m. Another 16-year-old was found sitting on steps in the 800 block of N. Kenwood Ave. suffering from a gunshot wound to the right leg, police said. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was in serious condition. Ten juveniles have been killed this year, compared with 26 in 2008.

- Justin Fenton

3 churches broken into in Cockeysville area

Three Cockeysville-area churches were broken into during the weekend, Baltimore County police said. The break-ins occurred between 6 p.m. Friday and about 8 a.m. Saturday; entry was gained through a window in each incident, police said. In the 200 block of Warren Road, someone entered Cockeysville Baptist Church through a side window, forced their way into an office and stole an undisclosed sum of money. Four blocks away and on the same street, Epworth United Methodist Church in the 600 block of Warren Road was broken into by someone who removed a safe, the contents of which were not disclosed. Police said the third church burglary took place at Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in the 13600 block of Poplar Hill Road in Phoenix, but no property was reported missing. Anyone with information is asked to call the precinct at 410-887-1820.

- Richard Irwin

Man gets 18 years in armed robbery, kidnapping

A 38-year-old Port Republic man was sentenced to 18 years in federal prison Monday for the armed robbery of nearly $170,000 from a St. Mary's County bank, in which a bank manager and her two children were kidnapped from their home. William Cordell Johnson was also ordered to pay more than $57,000 in restitution, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced. According to his plea agreement, Johnson and two co-conspirators figured out the manager's routine, and in September 2008 kidnapped her and her two young children. The robbers forced the manager to drive to the bank and held her son hostage while she was sent inside to obtain funds. Her daughter was released. The manager and her son were later released at an elementary school. The three conspirators went to New Jersey that night and wagered tens of thousands of dollars.

- Tricia Bishop

Carroll girl, 15, dies after being hit in street

A Carroll County teenager died Sunday night after she was struck by an alleged drunken driver while standing near a car outside her home, according to Maryland State Police. Katlynn E. Bossler, 15, of the 1100 block of Francis Scott Key Highway in Keymar was pronounced dead at Carroll Hospital Center after the crash, which was reported about 10:30 p.m. According to police, Kevin P. Smith, 42, of the 11000 block of Whiskey Springs Road in the Frederick County town of Woodsboro was driving northbound in a 1992 Ford F-150 pickup truck that left the roadway and struck Bossler and a 1998 Chevrolet Prizm pulled over on the shoulder. Troopers arrested Smith at the scene after detecting a strong odor of alcohol, police said. The four teens in the Prizm were also taken to Carroll Hospital Center. Police identified the driver of the Prizm as Jason R. Wadas, 16, of the 600 block of Whispering Meadows Court in Westminster. Police had no information on the teens' conditions. The charges against Smith include negligent manslaughter by automobile, negligent automobile homicide while under the influence, driving a vehicle while under the influence and reckless driving, police said. He was being released from Carroll County Central Booking Center after posting a $20,000 bail, according to court records.

- Liz F. Kay and Brent Jones

Annapolis man charged in assault with BB gun

A 21-year-old man was charged with first-degree assault and related counts after a BB gun pellet he fired - which he told police he intended for a squirrel - struck a man working in a yard next door, Annapolis police said. Police were called to the 200 block of Gross Ave. shortly after noon Saturday, when a 27-year-old worker told officers that he heard a popping noise and then felt pain in his chest. Police said Howard Daniel Alexander III, of the block where the victim was working, told officers that from the open sliding glass door of his kitchen, he fired his BB gun in the general direction of a squirrel on his home's rear deck. The victim was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he was treated and released, according to hospital officials.

- Andrea F. Siegel

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