Crime Briefs

August 27, 2009

City police fire on car; woman is found wounded

At least one Northeastern District police officer fired shots late Wednesday night at the driver of a car who attempted to run him down. Minutes later, police found the car, in which they discovered a woman suffering from a bullet wound to the shoulder, a few blocks away. Police were attempting to find the driver of the car, who fled on foot. It was not known if he also was shot. Shortly before midnight, district officers were at Whitby and Silverbell roads when they were nearly struck by a silver Chevrolet Malibu, police said. The officers fired several shots and apparently struck the vehicle. A short time later, the car, containing the wounded woman, was found a few blocks away in the 6000 block of Arizona Ave. The woman was taken by a city Fire Department ambulance to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. No officers were injured during the incident, and the woman's condition was not known.

- Richard Irwin

Son of death row inmate is shot and killed in city

The son of death row inmate Vernon Evans Jr., whose case spurred a moratorium on executions in Maryland, was shot and killed Tuesday in Northwest Baltimore. Nolan Lamont Evans, 40, of the 3400 block of Garrison Blvd. was shot about 2 p.m. at Garrison Boulevard and Liberty Heights Avenue. Evans was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Evans, whose father's case raised questions about whether Maryland's execution process of lethal injection constituted inhumane punishment, had his own run-ins with the law, including an acquittal in 2008 on a homicide charge, according to reports. An attorney for Vernon Evans could not be reached for comment Wednesday night. Police were also investigating the shooting of a man who was seriously wounded Wednesday afternoon in a section of Northeast Baltimore's Four-by-Four neighborhood. The shooting was reported about 12:30 p.m. in the 3200 block of Lyndale Ave., said Detective Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman. The victim was injured so seriously that homicide detectives were called to the scene, she said.

- Justin Fenton and Liz F. Kay

Mount St. Mary's students arrested at campus party

Police say two Mount St. Mary's University students face disorderly conduct charges after campus security officers needed help in controlling 300 young people on the eve of the first day of school. The Frederick County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to a report of students throwing bottles at campus police early Wednesday at the school in Emmitsburg. They arrived to find about 300 people yelling and partying outside a student apartment building. Deputies say they arrested Michael Cushwa, 21, of Hagerstown and John Boyle, 21, of Westfield, N.J., after they refused to disperse.

- Associated Press

Baltimore Co. police seek man who exposed self

Baltimore County police are looking for a man who exposed himself to two women this month at separate Catonsville apartment complexes, saying he broke into the home of his second victim as she slept. In the first incident reported Aug. 7, police said a woman heard banging on her bedroom window shortly after 2:30 a.m. in the first block of Rambling Oaks Way. She opened the shade and saw a man standing outside wearing only a T-shirt, which he lifted to expose himself. He left after the victim screamed, police said. On Aug. 14, a woman sleeping in her bedroom in the 300 block of Sunshine Place awoke about 4:30 a.m. and saw a man standing near her bed. The woman told police that the man, with his pants at his ankles and a green T-shirt pulled up around his neck, was grabbing his genitals. The woman screamed, and the man rearranged his clothes and jumped out of an open window, according to police. The suspect is described as black, in his late 20s or early 30s, with a light complexion. He is about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a medium build, short black hair and possibly a mole on the left side of his face, according to police. Anyone with information about the crimes is urged to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP.

-Liz F. Kay

Woman faces seven charges in Glen Arm killing

A 59-year-old woman who is accused of killing her estranged husband two months ago at the home they had shared in Glen Arm will go on trial Dec. 14. Mary C. Koontz, who has been in custody since her husband's June 19 killing, was arraigned Wednesday before Baltimore County Circuit Judge Thomas J. Bollinger Sr., who will preside over her trial. She faces seven charges, including first-degree murder, in the shooting of Ronald G. Koontz, 66, a former teacher and wrestling coach at Towson High School who later became an administrator in the Baltimore County school system. The couple had a teenage daughter. Police said Mary Koontz moved to Florida after her husband obtained a court order in November 2007 forcing her to be evaluated for mental illness. She returned in June, gained access to the Glen Arm house and shot him numerous times, police said.

- Nick Madigan

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