Body not that of Catonsville kidnap victim, police say

The body of a teenage male found yesterday morning near train tracks alongside Carroll Park is not that of one of the two brothers kidnapped Tuesday from their Catonsville home, a city police spokesman said.

The body was found about 9 a.m. in a woods off the 1500 block of Cole St., near the 300 block of S. Stricker St., Officer Troy Harris said. Eleven days ago, the body of gunshot victim Robert Long, 34, of the 1700 block of DeSoto Road was found near the same railroad tracks about a block south of where the body was found yesterday.

"It's too early in the investigations to link the two deaths," Harris said.

Harris said the death of the youth found yesterday has been ruled suspicious pending an autopsy and is being investigated by homicide detectives.

Baltimore County
Police seek man who threatened suicide
Baltimore County police are asking for the public's help in finding a man who has threatened to commit suicide.

Ryan Avery Spencer, 27, of the 3800 block of Byfield Road was last seen by his wife at 7 a.m. Wednesday. Upon returning home from work at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, the wife found a suicide note, and her husband and his vehicle were gone, authorities said.

The wife told police that the couple were having marital problems. His closest family is in Philadelphia, she told police.

As of late yesterday afternoon, no one had heard from Spencer, police said.

Spencer is described as black, 5 feet 9 inches tall, approximately 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He might be driving a black 1999 Ford Expedition with Maryland tags, police said.

Anyone who might have seen Spencer or knows of his whereabouts is asked to call Baltimore County police at 410-307-2020.

Vigil for historian to be held today
The family of a man who died Sunday when an Upton rowhouse he was working in collapsed will host a candlelight vigil today at 6 p.m. The vigil, to honor Alvin Brunson, a prominent city historian who was renovating the house into a cultural center for the neighborhood, will take place at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and West Lafayette Avenue.

Closings will affect McHenry Tunnel
The exit ramp from northbound Interstate 95 to Keith Avenue and several toll lanes at the Fort McHenry Tunnel will be closed from tonight through tomorrow, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority.

The closings are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and last until 9 a.m. tomorrow. Work crews will be doing maintenance on road joints.

Authorities say that they will close the four right lanes of the southbound tunnel and the two right lanes of the northbound tunnel.

Motorists wishing to exit onto Keith Avenue (Exit 56) will be detoured to Boston Street (Exit 57) to westbound Interstate Avenue to southbound I-95 and onto Keith Avenue.

Carroll County
Police honor the best among officers, staff
The Westminster Police Department recently announced the recipients of annual awards honoring its best officers and staff.

The recipients, who were honored at a recent awards ceremony, are:

• Police Officer of the Year for 2007: Cpl. Scott Peter, for his self-initiated activity and numerous drug arrests. He also earned the Academic Excellence Award for completing training with a 99.7 percent grade-point average.

• Civilian of the Year: Brenda Roper, communications and records supervisor, for her progressive management and ability to implement changes.

• Volunteer of the Year: Simona Mason, a volunteer in the SCORE (Stopping Crime on Residential Environments) youth program, and who assists the Community Education Officers.

• Community Service Award: Cpl. Jesse Clagett, who established relationships with the Main Street community to address and resolve quality-of-life issues.

• Firearms Award: Detective Rick Lambert, for his firearms qualifications score of 99.5 percent.

• Chief's Award: Linda Knott, for her contributions to the United Way campaign and the Shop with a Cop program.

Prince George's
Road closes tonight for ramp installation
The Capital Beltway at Branch Avenue in Prince George's County will be shut down in both directions tonight through tomorrow morning so that work crews can begin installing a new interchange ramp, according to the State Highway Administration.

The SHA said it has to close the highway - which also is Interstate 95 - to set steel beams for the southbound Capital Beltway flyover ramp, part of a $52 million project.

Southbound lanes will be closed for about 14 hours and northbound lanes for about 10 hours. Workers will install a dozen 20-ton curved steel beams directly over the travel lanes. Five large cranes needed to lift the beams will be on the travel portion of the highway.

Lanes will close beginning about 8 p.m. today, weather permitting. Traffic will be diverted onto Branch Avenue. Traffic signals on local roads are being timed to "provide for the maximum timing for the I-95 traffic being detoured," the SHA said.

Highway officials warned, however, that "major delays are expected along I-95." Some lanes should reopen by 8 a.m. tomorrow, but the SHA said the contractor can keep the highway closed until 1 p.m. if needed.

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