Region Briefs

August 19, 2009

Driver is arrested for fleeing after hitting Essex pedestrian

Baltimore County police arrested the driver of a Jeep who sped off after hitting a pedestrian Tuesday in Essex. Police made the arrest shortly after the man hit a person attempting to cross Eastern Boulevard at the intersection of Wiltshire Road about 12:30 p.m. The pedestrian was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Police have not released identifications of the pedestrian or the driver.

- Brent Jones

Shooting caught on cameras leads to woman's conviction

Officers monitoring Citiwatch surveillance cameras caught a 2007 shooting as it happened, leading Baltimore police to nab the shooter - 28-year-old Keah Wooden - within minutes after she fired the gun. The city State's Attorney's Office released the video footage Tuesday, saying it led to Wooden's conviction last week in Circuit Court on assault, handgun and reckless endangerment charges. Wooden was sentenced to 18 years in prison, even though the victim never came forward. According to charging documents, Citiwatch officials spotted an assault against an unidentified man in the 300 block of N. Eutaw St. about 2 a.m. Aug. 4, 2007, and watched the suspects, two men and Wooden, get into a gold-colored Mercury Grand Marquis. They used the images on camera to guide police responding to the scene when Wooden got out of the car, yelled something to the unknown victim and fired a pistol in his direction, prosecutors say.

- Tricia Bishop

Ocean City man sentenced for building pipe bombs

A federal judge sentenced Norman Arnold, 21, to 30 months in prison Tuesday for building pipe bombs. The ruling came a day after a state judge sentenced a 22-year-old to a 20-year term, suspending all but eight years, for possessing a pipe bomb. According to his guilty plea, Arnold, who lives in Ocean City, built several bombs in his backyard, using them to blow up trash cans and sections of the beach. He also threatened to make a witness against him "pay" for assisting officers in their investigation. His home was raided on Sept. 11, 2008; officers found smokeless black powder, a fuse, two pipe bombs, PVC pipe and an end cap. On Monday, Dallas Smith, 22, was convicted in Baltimore City Circuit Court of possessing a pipe bomb near the University of Maryland BioPark last year, and assaulting an officer.

- Tricia Bishop

Md. child-support agency collects $516 million, up 6%

The state's child-support enforcement agency collected and distributed $516 million in payments last fiscal year, which ended June 30, the Department of Human Resources announced Tuesday. Collections were up almost 7 percent from 2008, the department said, and went to more than 110,000 children. The agency attributed part of the increase to its campaign to encourage new mothers to establish paternity. A legislative audit released last fall called for Human Resources to do a better job of collecting $1.57 billion in unpaid child support, something the agency agreed to do.

- Julie Bykowicz

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