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Workers to put back overturned tombstonesROSEDALE --...


Workers to put back overturned tombstones

ROSEDALE -- Workers at United Hebrew Cemetery on Hamilton Avenue will begin today putting back approximately 80 headstones that vandals overturned between Friday night and Saturday morning.

Police have no witnesses or suspects, said Officer Robert Cross of the Baltimore County Police Department's White Marsh station.

"It's senseless. There's no reason for it," Officer Cross said. "There was no sign of graffiti, no empty beer cans."

The cemetery's caretaker, Paul Karp, discovered the vandalism when he came to work at 8 a.m. Saturday and called police.

"It makes you sick," Mr. Karp said. "It makes anybody sick."

2 accused of arson in vacant factory fire


BALTIMORE -- Two young men were in police custody yesterday, charged with with arson and burglary in connection with a fire that burned a vacant Sisson Street ice cream factory Saturday afternoon.

The suspects, George Edward Tomasack, 19, and Robert Frederick Mason, 20, both of the 200 block of E. North Ave., were being held on $10,000 bail each at the Central District lockup pending a bail review hearing today.

Police Lt. James Henderson said officers and firefighters responding to the alarms shortly after noon on Saturday found two doors kicked in at the brick building, which takes up about TC half the 2600 block of Sisson.

Witnesses had seen two men run away from the area toward Falls Road, and officers later saw two men running near a wooded area. The men were arrested after the police noticed carbon on their hands and the odor of smoke on their clothing, Lieutenant Henderson said.

The building is owned by High's of Baltimore. Lieutenant Henderson said the fire is believed to have been an attempt to cover up a burglary at the building, which contained little more than a few crates.

"They had no idea, probably, what was inside there," the lieutenant said.

Essex man shot dead outside service station


ESSEX -- A 20-year-old Baltimore County man was shot and killed yesterday evening during an argument outside a gas station just a few blocks from his home.

Elmer Robert Sturgeon, of the 400 block of Mace Ave., died in surgery at Francis Scott Key Hospital, police said.

Details of the argument were not available last night. Police said Mr. Sturgeon and a 16-year-old youth were arguing on the street near an Amoco Station in the 200 block of Eastern Blvd. shortly before 6 p.m.

Police said that the teen-ager shot Mr. Sturgeon twice in the back with a small-caliber handgun. Charges in the case were pending last night.

Woman charged in fatal stabbing


BALTIMORE -- A 31-year-old woman has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of her boyfriend, Samuel Grier, 36, after an argument at his Walbrook home Saturday afternoon.

Vera Banton, 31, of the 400 block of S. Gilmor St., was arrested at her home at 11:55 p.m. Saturday and is being held without bail until a hearing this morning.

Police arrived at Mr. Grier's home in the 2100 block of Dukeland St. at about 2:15 p.m. Saturday. He had a single stab wound to the left side of his chest. Ms. Banton was not there, Sgt. Roger Nolan of the city police homicide unit said.

Truck driver killed in I-70 accident


HANCOCK -- A tanker rig overturned on Interstate 70 at Hancock yesterday, killing the driver and spilling its load of 6,000 gallons of raw milk across the highway.

Police said the driver, John Fisher, 59, of New Enterprise, Pa., was eastbound on I-70 near Route 522 shortly past noon when his rig veered across the grass median and overturned in the westbound lanes.

Trooper John T. Sexton said he had "no reason or idea whatsoever" as to the cause of the accident.

Security guard hurt in garage robbery


BALTIMORE -- A security guard escaped serious injury after a robber shot at the ground and sent concrete fragments flying early yesterday morning at the underground parking garage for The Gallery on Pratt Street.

The robber escaped with about $300, said police Lt. James Henderson of the Central District.

The guard, Reynaldo Smith, 25, told police he was approached by a black male about 6 feet tall and dressed in military camouflage pants, jacket, boots and cap.

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