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REGION BRIEFS

December 05, 2009

Off-duty officer shoots suspect in Hampden store holdup

An off-duty city police officer critically wounded a man who was holding up a Hampden liquor store Friday night. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said a customer at Hampden Liquors left the store as it was being robbed by two men about 8:20 p.m. The customer encountered an off-duty Northwestern District officer walking along the 3700 block of Falls Road. The officer went to the store and saw a 20-year-old man pointing a handgun at a clerk. Guglielmi said the officer, while on the street, "took a defensive position" and fired shots at the robber, wounding him in the upper torso. His accomplice fled the scene but was later caught on nearby Elm Avenue. Police recovered a second handgun in the 3600 block of Hickory Ave. Guglielmi, who said that no store employee was hurt, called the thwarted robbery "act of heroism." The suspect was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he underwent surgery and was listed in critical condition. Guglielmi said evidence and videotapes linked both men to two earlier retail store robberies. He said the first holdup, at 7:50 p.m., was in a shop the 1900 block of E. 31st St. The second was at a mini-mart in the 2000 block of Maryland Ave. about 8 p.m.

- Jacques Kelly

11 injured in two-vehicle crash in Carroll County

A two-vehicle accident in Carroll County left 11 people injured Friday evening. The 5:42 p.m. crash involving a van and another vehicle occurred in the 2900 block of Hampstead-Mexico Road, Route 482. Two adults were transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center and a child was flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital. Others were treated at the Carroll Hospital Center for injuries considered not life-threatening.

- Jacques Kelly

17-year-old pleads guilty in 2007 stabbing death

A 17-year-old Baltimore boy agreed to a plea of second-degree murder Friday in the 2007 stabbing death of Alfred Smith, 56. Marquel Gaffney of the 1900 block of Harlem Ave. had been charged as an adult in Baltimore City Circuit Court, but under the plea arrangement, Judge David W. Young transferred him to juvenile court for sentencing.

- Tricia Bishop

Woman sentenced to 20 years for attempted murder

A 22-year-old Baltimore woman with no adult criminal history was sentenced to seven 20-year prison terms Friday, to run concurrently, for the attempted murder of seven people - including three children. According to the facts of the case, Christina Rather, who was in the Air Force Reserves, forced her way into a home where her ex-lover was staying in November 2008 and tried to shoot the woman and the dwelling's other occupants, but her gun jammed. "Someone is going to die tonight in this house," she is alleged to have said. Police arrived as Rather was fighting with another woman and used a stun gun on the defendant. She pleaded guilty in August.

- Tricia Bishop

Gang member gets 20 years for dealing crack cocaine

A member of a Baltimore drug gang was sentenced to 20 years Friday for dealing crack cocaine. Shawn "City" Coleman, 27, bought the drugs in New York City and refined them in a Baltimore hotel, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office. He and conspirators sold the crack in Baltimore city and county. Officers found crack cocaine and 60 bags of heroin in August 2007 after stopping a vehicle in which Coleman was a passenger.

- Tricia Bishop

Two people arrested in stabbing at Mondawmin

A man and a woman were arrested Friday afternoon in the stabbing of a man at Mondawmin Mall in Northwest Baltimore. Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that the incident took place on the mall's second floor. The stabbing victim required medical attention by medics from the Baltimore City Fire Department. He was then transported to Sinai Hospital. The names of the suspects and the victim were not released.

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