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December 23, 2009

Leads still sought in killing of soldier


City police were still searching for leads in Sunday night's fatal shooting of a soldier on leave from Afghanistan for Christmas. On Tuesday, police corrected their previous account that Clifford Jamar Williams, 22, was with his wife when he was gunned down on the way back from the supermarket. Donny Moses, a police spokesman, said Williams was alone in his vehicle when an unknown gunman opened fire, and he flagged down a passer-by in the 600 block of S. Wickham Road who called 911. In another development, police have confirmed through surveillance footage that Williams was at an area supermarket before his death.

- Justin Fenton

Death of 20-month-old is investigated as homicide


City police said they are investigating the death of a 20-month-old girl as a homicide. Officers were called to the 2800 block of Kentucky Ave. in Northeast Baltimore about 2:30 p.m. Saturday for a report of an infant who was not breathing, said spokesman Donny Moses. When medics arrived, the father was attempting to perform CPR on the child, identified as Janaya Wallace. Janaya was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital about 3 p.m. Detectives noticed scrapes on her neck, and bruising on her forehead and cheek, Moses said. An autopsy determined she was beaten to death. According to a preliminary investigation, the girl's parents said they put her to sleep on a sofa late Friday and reported that they "heard the baby snoring" throughout the night and morning. At 2:15 p.m., they went to wake the baby and noticed her lips were blue and she was not breathing. Moses said the investigation is continuing.

- Justin Fenton

Storm's snow removal tab for state's DOT: $26.9 million

Last weekend's record December snowfall cost the Maryland Department of Transportation a budget-busting $26.9 million for snow removal, Transportation Secretary Beverley K. Swaim-Staley said Tuesday. The storm, which dumped an estimated 16 inches to 26 inches on parts of the state, required an expensive response by all of the department's operating agencies. The largest share was accounted for by the highway agency, with $20 million in costs. After several earlier snowfalls, the SHA's spending on snow removal has reached $27 million this season - exceeding its budget of $26 million with almost three months of winter to go, according to MDOT.

- Michael Dresser

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