Crime Briefs

August 22, 2009

Two teens held without bond in beating at city park

Two teenagers charged in what police say was the racially motivated beating of an elderly black fisherman this week were ordered held without bond Friday. Zachary Watson, 17, of the 900 block of Jack St. and Emmanuel Miller, 16, of the 1600 block of Spruce St. were arrested and have been charged with 18 counts of attempted murder and other offenses, along with Calvin E. Lockner, 28, a self-professed white supremacist who told detectives that the victim was targeted because he was black. Watson and Miller told police Lockner carried out the attack on 76-year-old James A. Privott, while Lockner said it was Watson who beat the victim. "The state believes all three are equally culpable and were active participants in this hate crime," Assistant State's Attorney David Chiu said at the bail review hearing at Central Booking. Officials said Miller had a juvenile record; Watson did not.

-Justin Fenton

Columbia man to stand trial in stabbing of jogger

A 19-year-old Columbia man will stand trial next month in the stabbing of a jogger. A Howard County judge denied Friday a defense motion to block the knife and the defendant's statement to police from entering into evidence. Vernon Costley is charged with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment in the attack March 19 on William Iberg, 24, of Elkridge. According to police, Costley was in a group of teens near the 7-Eleven in the 5700 block of Columbia Road when Iberg ran past. Costley is accused of running up behind Iberg and stabbing him in the lower back. Iberg was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and released a few hours later. During an interrogation, police asked Costley whether he attacked Iberg as part of a gang initiation, but Costley has never given police a motive.

- Don Markus

Pretrial services chief Ray shifts to standards agency

The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services announced that it has reassigned the official in charge of pretrial services, the state agency responsible for daily operations at the Baltimore City Detention Center and Central Booking and Intake Center. Howard Ray Jr., who has held the position since September 2006, will become executive director of the Commission on Correctional Standards, a regulatory agency that oversees state, local and privately operated correctional facilities. That position was previously vacant. Replacing Ray on an interim basis in charge of pretrial services will be assistant commissioner Randall Watson. Pretrial services is responsible for processing 80,000 arrestees a year as well as pretrial confinement for an average of 3,900 detainees a month in Baltimore. "Howard has been and will continue to be an important asset to our department," Secretary Gary D. Maynard said in a statement.

- Justin Fenton

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