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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,peter.hermann@baltsun.com | September 30, 2009
A man who had been charged with dousing his 85-year-old grandmother with alcohol and setting her on fire in an argument over money in March is now being charged with first-degree murder, three months after the woman died at a hospital, a Baltimore police spokesman said. Tyron Markit Mason, 29, of the 2800 block of Frederick Ave., had been charged with attempted murder. Ethel Henderson died June 17 in the burn unit of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The attack occurred about 5:20 p.m. on March 8, when police said Mason went to Henderson's home on Poplar Grove Street, demanded money and then set her on fire.
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September 29, 2009
Police identify woman found stabbed near park Baltimore police have identified a woman who was found fatally stabbed early Friday near Clifton Park, and a department spokesman said investigators were questioning "persons of interest" in the case. According to police, Shantel Brown, 31, was found with several stab wounds about 1:15 a.m. near Sinclair Lane and North Chester Street, less than a block from her home. She was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. A witness reported hearing Brown arguing with the father of her children between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Thursday, said Agent Donny Moses, the police spokesman.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com | September 18, 2009
Baltimore homicide detectives don't believe a Johns Hopkins University student had "the intent to kill" when he used a samurai sword to confront an intruder outside his home, a police spokesman said Thursday. Police say John Pontolillo, 20, a chemistry major from New Jersey, killed the man with a single blow early Tuesday. Pontolillo has not been charged in the death of Donald D. Rice, 49, a career criminal who was released from jail just three days before the altercation. Prosecutors will determine whether charges are warranted after consulting with police, a process that could take weeks.
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August 23, 2009
Woman killed in Glen Burnie hit-and-run 2 A 60-year-old woman was killed in what police are calling a hit-and-run in Glen Burnie about 7 p.m. Saturday. The woman was hit at the intersection of Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard and Oak Lane. She was transported to Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie, according to an Anne Arundel County fire department spokesman. Police are investigating the case and have no information on the driver. Police did not immediately release the victim's name.
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By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,dick.irwin@baltsun.com | July 27, 2009
A pregnant woman and 2-year-old girl were among at least 12 people wounded Sunday night when one or more gunmen opened fire with a semiautomatic weapon at a backyard cookout in East Baltimore, said a city police spokesman. Police said they didn't know of a motive in the shootings, and no arrests were made immediately. Police spokesman Agent Donny Moses said there were no life-threatening injuries in the shootings, which occurred shortly before 9 p.m. in the 2600 block of Ashland Ave. in the Madison-East End community.
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By Justin Fenton | July 11, 2009
A Baltimore police spokesman has been suspended as the department looks into an allegation that he inadvertently sent a nude photo of a woman to a television station. Officer Troy Harris, a nine-year veteran who has served as one of the department's spokesmen since 2002, was suspended Friday by the director of the public affairs section and the police commissioner, the agency confirmed. Officials declined to comment further, saying that the issue is a personnel matter. Sources said Harris was trying to send a mug shot of a criminal suspect to a newsroom e-mail account at WBAL-TV on Thursday night and attached a cell phone photo of a woman that had been saved to the hard drive of his city-issued computer.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin Fenton,justin.fenton@baltsun.com | July 10, 2009
About 200 students were rushed out of a city school Thursday morning after a drug suspect fled police and ran into the Southeast Baltimore building, officials said. After more than six hours of searching, police located the man hiding in a cabinet under a sink on the second floor of William Paca Elementary School and took him into custody without incident. Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman, said police kept looking after determining through camera footage that the man had entered the school but had not left.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,Andrea.siegel@baltsun.com | July 2, 2009
A man and woman were found shot to death early Wednesday in a house on a quiet Annapolis street that was preparing for a neighborhood July 4th celebration, and police arrested a suspect late Wednesday night. The Associated Press reported that Elbert Gardner, 56, was charged late Wednesday night in the slayings. Police say he lived in the basement of the home where the two victims were found and that he confessed to both killings. The victims were found together shortly before 5:30 a.m. in a small, beige house on Goodrich Road in the Admiral Heights neighborhood, just west of the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
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