October 3, 2010
The buildings that compose the troubled Madison Park North complex on North Avenue in Reservoir Hill do not look foreboding. They are three-story structures, three- and four-bedroom apartments with courtyards, a squarish style of housing sometimes seen in the suburbs. Yet, according to Baltimore police, city officials and residents, it is a dangerous place that needs to be closed. There have been two homicides and three shootings there this year. It has been dubbed the "murder mall" by neighbors.
August 17, 2010
Anita Shelton has presided over the squat brown brick building just off North Avenue for nearly all of the past four decades. Children troop in her door — she keeps it open all day long — for bandages and Popsicles. Their mothers stop by to seek advice from the woman they call "Miss 'Nita," one of the last original tenants of the publicly funded complex. But despite her years at the Madison Park North Apartments, Shelton welcomes an effort by city officials to revoke the landlord's license — a move that will likely leave Shelton and her neighbors scrambling to find new homes.
September 8, 2009
Arundel police seek attacker of woman in Downs Park 2 Anne Arundel County police are looking for a teenager who they said grabbed a 40-year-old woman around the neck as she walked in Downs Park in Pasadena over the Labor Day weekend. The woman suffered minor injuries, according to police, who said she was on a wooded trail in the park area Saturday about 3:45 p.m. when she came across a teenage boy "acting in a strange manner," appearing to intentionally fall off his bike several times.
April 15, 2008
Relative sought in stabbing A 25-year-old Edgewood man was stabbed in the upper torso by a relative during a family gathering Friday night, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office. A warrant for the arrest of Samuel Dowling, 37, of the 1800 block of Eloise Lane in Edgewood has been issued, deputies said. Dowling will be charged with first- and second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and reckless endangerment, said Sgt. David Betz, a sheriff's office spokesman. About 9:20 p.m. Friday, deputies said, they were called to the 800 block of Williamsburg Court in Edgewood about a stabbing at a family event.
November 21, 2007
Five injured as SUV crashes into Edgewater restaurant A sport utility vehicle crashed into a Chick-fil-A in Edgewater yesterday afternoon, injuring five restaurant patrons, two seriously, an Anne Arundel County fire official said. The SUV crashed through the brick-and-glass exterior of the restaurant at 3220 Solomons Island Road about 12:30 p.m. and into the dining area, said Battalion Chief Michael Cox, a Fire Department spokesman. A 67-year-old customer who was sitting directly where the car struck, in front of a handicapped parking spot, suffered serious injuries and was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
August 6, 2004
The work crew descended upon Collington Square Park in East Baltimore yesterday with crisp beige uniforms, sunglasses, boots and stern faces. They fanned out, some wielding weed whackers, others mounting riding mowers or picking up trash. At first glance, the eight men might have been mistaken for some kind of special forces squad sent by the Baltimore parks department. But they're not city employees or military commandos. In fact, many are former convicts, addicts or alcoholics who used to hurl bottles onto playgrounds, not spend their days cleaning them up. The men are enrolled in a program run by the nonprofit Living Classrooms Foundation, which the city is paying $300,000 as a contractor to maintain five parks and the 50 urban blocks around them on the city's east side.