Crime Briefs

November 24, 2009

Driver sought in fatal hit-run Saturday in Glen Burnie

Anne Arundel County police are searching for the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a Glen Burnie pedestrian early Saturday and left the scene. Matthew Ryan Burgess, 30, of the 1000 block of Stane Road was found about 2 a.m. in the 100 block of W. Ordnance Road, near Roberts Court, police said. According to authorities, Burgess was in the roadway when a vehicle described as either a 1995-2001 Ford Explorer or a 1997 Mercury Mountaineer that was eastbound on West Ordnance Road struck the pedestrian on the driver's side of the vehicle. The victim was pronounced dead at Harbor Hospital. The crash caused the vehicle's turn signal and side mirror to break, police said. They also said there would also be damage to the front quarter panel, and possible damage on the driver's side near the roof support. Police ask that anyone with information contact the department's Traffic Safety Section at 410-222-8573.

- Andrea F. Siegel

Police probe fatal shooting of man in East Baltimore

City police were investigating the killing of a 22-year-old man Friday in East Baltimore. Officers were called about 9:20 p.m. to the 3100 block of McElderry St., where they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the right side of his face, police said. A woman on the scene identified him as her son, Brandon J. Benjamin of the 400 block of N. Ellwood Ave., according to police. Benjamin was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after midnight. Police had no suspects and knew of no motive.

- Justin Fenton

Two women stabbed outside bar in W. Baltimore

Two women were stabbed early Monday outside a West Baltimore bar, a city police spokesman said. One of the women got into an argument at Club International with a third woman over something that had happened several years ago, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. That argument escalated into a fight, and the two eventual victims went home, he said. The two then went to a bar in the 2100 block of Vine St., according to Guglielmi. A man approached them and told them someone outside was breaking the windows of their car, the spokesman said. They went outside and found all the tires had been flattened and all the windows were broken, according to Guglielmi. The woman from the earlier dispute approached them, another fight ensued and the two women were stabbed, he said. The victims were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where they were in critical condition. No arrests had been made, Guglielmi said.

- Liz F. Kay

Aberdeen man, 49, charged in fatal hit-and-run accident

Aberdeen police have charged a 49-year-old man with negligent homicide while under the influence of alcohol in connection with a July 31 hit-and-run on Route 40. A Harford County grand jury indicted William Lee Skillman of Aberdeen in the death of Jarrett Anthony Vaughan, 19, also of Aberdeen. Skillman was arrested late Friday and remains at the Harford County Detention Center in lieu of $100,000 bail. Police said he was also charged with negligent homicide with an auto while impaired, driving under the influence and several other related offenses. Police have not released details of their investigation, but they identified Skillman as the driver of a 1999 white Dodge Durango that struck Vaughan and left the early-morning accident near the highway's intersection with the Route 715 overpass. Vaughan was pronounced dead at the scene.

- Mary Gail Hare

$500 reward for driver in Columbia hit-and-run

Howard County police are offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the driver in a hit-and-run accident in Columbia on Sunday. Devon James Carter, 16, of the 9400 block of Merryrest Road was walking west with two friends about 12:30 on Farewell Road when he was struck by a red Honda. According to a witness, the vehicle was headed west and crossed the double-yellow line. Carter was hit from behind and taken by ambulance to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center with non-life-threatening injuries to the head, torso and legs. The witness said the Honda made a U-turn to return to the scene, then made another U-turn and took off. According to police, the witness said that the car might be either an Accord or a Civic, with tinted windows and the license tag might include the characters AOZ. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-313-3200. Callers can remain anonymous.

- Don Markus

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