Crime Briefs

November 14, 2009

Teens indicted in connection with pit bull puppy set on fire

A Baltimore grand jury has indicted the teenage twin brothers accused of fatally setting fire to a pit bull puppy in May, the city state's attorney's office announced Friday. Travers and Tremayne Johnson, 17, had been charged as juveniles, but a judge ruled this month that they would be tried as adults, leading to the indictment on five counts of animal abuse and cruelty. An arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 9. The boys are scheduled to appear in court next week on separate gun and drug charges.

-Tricia Bishop

Police probe fatal shootings of two men in Baltimore

A 51-year-old man was fatally shot in the head Thursday night in West Baltimore, the first of two unrelated city killings in a one-hour span, police said. Officers investigating a report of shots fired about 8:15 p.m. in the 2000 block of W. Lanvale St. found Michael Anthony McFadden lying in the road, according to Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and pronounced dead about 9 p.m., Monroe said. McFadden, whose last known address was in the same block where he was found, was on probation for a drug conviction, according to Monroe. About the same time as the first shooting, police received a call about a man seated in a parked vehicle in the 3600 block of Gelston Drive in Southwest Baltimore, Monroe said. Police found the man in the driver's seat, suffering from several gunshot wounds. The man, whom police have not identified but who was believed to be in his 30s, was pronounced dead about 9:50 p.m. at Shock Trauma. Police had no suspects and had not determined a motive in either shooting.

- Brent Jones

Temple Hills man convicted in 2008 killing along I-95

A Harford County jury has found a 33-year-old Temple Hills man guilty of first-degree murder and five other counts in the killing last year of a Havre de Grace resident during an attempted robbery on Interstate 95. Demetrius D. Lovelace is to be sentenced Jan. 25, said Joseph I. Cassilly, the state's attorney for Harford County. Alan Zurita, 29, died April 1, 2008, after being found by a state trooper along southbound I-95 near the Route 24 exit with a gunshot wound in his chest. Lovelace's trial began Nov. 2 before Harford County Circuit Judge Thomas E. Marshall. The jury began deliberations Tuesday and two days later returned guilty verdicts. Prosecutors said Lovelace and another man tried to rob Zurita after offering him a ride to Baltimore. A struggle over a handgun ensued, and the gun went off, hitting Zurita.

- Nick Madigan

Witness leads Howard police to 2 suspects in bank robbery

A person who saw a pair of masked men switching vehicles Friday helped lead to the arrests of two bank robbery suspects, according to Howard County police. Sherry Llewellyn, a police spokeswoman, said the witness saw an off-duty county officer on Assateague Drive near the Maryland Wholesale Food Market in Jessup, and told the officer about the unusual vehicle switch. The officer followed the new ride, a Nissan Maxima, and called for backup after he learned that two men armed with handguns had just robbed a Bank of America branch in the 7300 block of Assateague Drive, according to police. The suspects had fled the bank in a Dodge Durango after the robbery, which was reported at 9:51 a.m., police said. The off-duty officer tried to pull over the Nissan, but the driver would not stop, police said. The two men later stopped the car on Cedar Avenue off U.S. 1 and fled on foot, according to police. The suspects were captured after a foot chase and search. Police said charges were pending further investigation.

- Larry Carson

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