Crime Briefs


August 14, 2009

Two teens injured in East Baltimore shooting

Two teenagers were wounded early Thursday in East Baltimore when a gunman fired a single shot that struck them both, police said. Officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 400 block of N. East Ave. about 1:10 a.m. and found a 16-year-old female victim and a 17-year-old male victim inside a home in the Ellwood Park neighborhood, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman. Witnesses said five or six people were sitting on a porch when an unknown man wearing a red T-shirt and baggy jeans appeared and fired one shot, Moses said. Both victims were struck in the leg, and the shooter fled south on North East Avenue in an older model light blue Crown Victoria. Police knew of no motive and had no suspects.

- Justin Fenton

Probation violation nets man long prison sentence

A 22-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced to 24 years in prison Wednesday - the remainder of a lengthy suspended sentence - for violating probation, the Baltimore state's attorney's office announced. Kenneth Abrams of the 2400 block of Seamon Ave. had been sentenced to 25 years in prison on an attempted murder conviction in 2005, but the presiding Baltimore Circuit Court judge suspended all but six months of the term and placed Abrams on five years of probation. A conviction in U.S. District Court this month for being a felon in possession of a handgun violated the probation, leading Circuit Judge Sylvester Cox to impose the remainder of the city sentence. It will run concurrently with Abram's federal sentence of three years.

- Tricia Bishop

Teen injured after shots fired into car in Arundel

A teenager was sitting in his car with a friend about 12:20 a.m. Thursday in Brooklyn Park when shots were fired through the car's rear window and the teen suffered cuts to his head, Anne Arundel County police said. Police said the 17-year-old started the car, which was on Levine Road near West Meadow Road. The driver failed to stop at the intersection with Arundel Road West and struck a vehicle that had the right of way. The teen was treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

- Andrea F. Siegel

Arundel couple charged with arson at Pasadena home

A South Gate couple were arrested Wednesday in connection with a fire at their Pasadena home in May, according to state fire marshals. Carl Covert, 48, was arrested at his job near Linthicum, and his wife, Deborah, was arrested at their Glen Burnie home. The two were charged with arson and were being held at Anne Arundel County Detention Center pending a bail review hearing. The May 29 fire at the couple's home in the 7600 block of Lake Drive caused about $200,000 in damage. The fire started in the home's living room, and fire marshals said the blaze was intentionally set.

- Associated Press

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