Around The Region

November 01, 2009

Harford deputy fatally shoots man armed with knife

A Bel Air man died after being shot Saturday by a Harford County deputy who was responding to a domestic dispute, a police spokeswoman said. Lt. Christina Presberry said the Harford County Sheriff's Department received a call about noon for a domestic argument in the 1000 block of Ellicott Drive in Bel Air. The suspect, a 23-year-old man, threatened a responding police officer with a knife. The officer felt his life was threatened and fired at the suspect, police said. The suspect was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, where he died Saturday afternoon. The officer, who has served in the sheriff's office for five years, was not injured. Police declined to identify the officer or the suspect.

- Jacques Kelly

Two firefighters injured in Charles Village blaze

Two city firefighters were injured during a two-alarm fire Saturday morning in Charles Village. Fire Department spokesman Capt. Roman Clark said firefighters responded to a blaze in two structures in the 2500 block of N. Charles St., including one restaurant, at 7:40 a.m. Saturday. Heavy smoke was also pouring from an adjacent building. Fire officials said that the properties appeared to be vacant. One of the injured firefighters was treated at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center's burn center and released; the second was treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital's Wilmer Eye Institute. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

- Jacques Kelly

Two men injured in separate city shootings

Two adult men were shot in separate incidents Saturday night in Northeast Baltimore, city police said. In the first incident, the victim was shot in the back about 7:10 p.m. in the 1700 block of Ramblewood Road, according to spokesman Donny Moses. About 10:30 p.m., another man was shot in the stomach in the 6100 block of Belle Vista Ave. The victims' names were not released, and no additional details were available.

- Jacques Kelly

Holton's lawyers seek trial delay to appeal adverse ruling

Baltimore City Councilwoman Helen L. Holton's lawyers have requested that her December trial be postponed while they attempt to appeal a recent ruling against her, according to papers filed Friday afternoon. Her lawyers had argued unsuccessfully that the campaign finance charges that she faces were brought in the wrong court. Holton has been charged with exceeding funding limits by accepting a $12,500 poll paid for by two Baltimore developers; Maryland law prohibits candidates from taking more than $4,000 per election cycle per donor. She is also charged with a funding violation for failing to funnel the payments through her campaign organization. Holton's lawyer, Joshua R. Treem, had made a technical argument that the charges should have been brought in a district court rather than a circuit court. Circuit Judge Dennis M. Sweeney dismissed that argument in a one-page ruling earlier this month.

- Annie Linskey

Tires of about 50 residents slashed overnight in Columbia

More than four-dozen residents of a Howard County neighborhood awakened Saturday to find tires on their cars slashed or punctured. Howard County police said that the vandalism took place between midnight and 6 a.m. on five streets in the Clemens Crossing neighborhood of Hickory Ridge in Columbia. About 50 residents who live on Blue Arrow Court, Eclipse Way, Fair Oaks, Quarter Staff Road and White Washer Way were affected.

-Don Markus

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