Around The Region

August 02, 2009

Teenage suspect arrested in fatal stabbing downtown

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Baltimore police have arrested a 17-year-old suspect who they said stabbed a man in the chest as two groups fought in the 300 block of N. Paca St. early Saturday. The victim, whose identity was unknown, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead at 2:28 a.m., said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman. With the help of CitiWatch cameras, police distributed a description of the attacker and Oscar Skinner, of the 400 block Whitridge Ave. in Charles Village was apprehended moments after the 1:40 a.m. incident.

-Liz F. Kay

Shot burglary suspect is in critical condition

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A man was in critical condition Saturday after a Baltimore police officer shot him in the head during an attempted burglary in Northwest Baltimore. The man, who was being treated at a local hospital, lunged at the officer with a "knife-like object" that turned out to be a screwdriver, after he was found by police inside a burglarized store in the 4700 block of Garrison Boulevard early yesterday, said Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

-Liz F. Kay

Weather service confirms tornado in Carroll County

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The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched down in Gamber, Carroll County during Friday's storms, resulting in damage to three homes, uprooted trees and destruction of a cornfield along a path a mile long and 100 yards wide. The weather service estimated that wind velocity reached 75 mph to 85 mph. Power was interrupted to about 100,000 BGE customers, mostly in Baltimore and Carroll counties, but most had their service restored by Saturday night, BGE officials said.

- Staff and wire reports

Murder conviction followed by arrest of 2 for intimidation

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A 21-year-old Baltimore man was convicted of murder Friday in a case that produced arrests of two other men accused of trying to intimidate witnesses. A jury found Danny Battle, of the 3400 block of Ramona Ave., guilty of shooting Irvin Lawson on Jan. 24, 2008, in the 900 block of Pennsylvania Ave., according to a spokeswoman for State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 9. On July 29, during the trial, Gernard Smith, 27 of the 2600 block of Gatehouse Drive and Rodney Addison, 31, of the 2400 block of Etting St. were charged with two counts each of witness intimidation. Both are being held without bail.

- Larry Carson

Man critically wounded at auto repair shop

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A man who stopped his late-model Cadillac at an Edmondson Avenue auto garage Saturday was shot in the back of the head and critically wounded by a man who followed him inside, Baltimore police said. A suspect approached Scott Tire, in the 2100 block of Edmondson Ave., entered the office and shot the customer at 4:05 p.m., according to police spokesman Donny Moses. The victim was rushed to Baltimore Shock Trauma Center, Moses said. The suspect walked west away from the crime scene after the shooting. Homicide detectives are investigating.

- Larry Carson

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