Man convicted of killing wife
A 28-year-old Lansdowne man who said he unintentionally killed his wife has been convicted in Baltimore County Circuit Court of first-degree murder.
A jury of 11 men and one woman deliberated about an houyesterday before convicting Vincent Gregory Wade in the Jan. 13 suffocation death of Joann Wade, 27.
Wade could face a maximum sentence of life in prison withouthe possibility of parole. Judge Barbara K. Howe set sentencing for Sept. 28. The day of the murder, Mrs. Wade's 12-year-old daughter, Christina Bevin, found her body. A coroner said Mrs. Wade died from suffocation, that a pillow or other object was held over her face for at least 45 seconds.
A 19-year-old woman was killed when a gunman opened fire at a parked car in southwest Baltimore, police say.
Witnesses said they saw a 1983 Toyota Supra parked in the 3600 block of Edmondson Ave. at 12:30 p.m. yesterday with a man and a woman sitting inside. The witnesses said an unidentified man approached the car.
The two men began arguing, and the man outside the car pulled out a gun and fired two shots.
One shot struck the head of the woman, who was in the passenger seat, police said. The man jumped out of the car and ran off.
The gunman was seen removing something from the back seat of the car, police said.
The victim, who was not identified last night, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A New York man pleaded guilty to murder in the shooting death Tiffany Smith, a 6-year-old girl caught in cross-fire on a West Baltimore sidewalk.
Arthur Felton, 20, one of two men charged with first-degree murder in the July 9, 1991, shooting, pleaded guilty yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court to second-degree murder and a handgun charge, according to Denise M. Fili, an assistant state's attorney.
The plea agreement calls for Felton, who was arrested in his Brooklyn, N.Y., home more than six months after the slaying, to be sentenced to 30 years in prison with all but 18 years suspended after he testifies in the trial of his co-defendant, Guy Bernard Wilson.
Mr. Wilson, 21, of Severna Park was to stand trial today on charges of first-degree murder and a handgun violation.
A Cecil County man was killed last night when the pickup
truck in which he was a passenger went out of control in Perryville and crashed into a guardrail.
State Police said the victim, Alan D. Lewis, 25, of North East, died at the scene from multiple injuries.
Mr. Lewis was a passenger in a 1973 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Earl D. Racine, 28, of North East. Mr. Racine was northbound on Md. 7 near Jackson Station Road at a high rate of speed about 10:50 p.m. when he lost control of his truck on a curve, police said. The vehicle spun around several times before crashing. The driver was ejected from the vehicle.
Mr. Racine was in critical but stable condition today at Maryland Shock-Trauma Center.
A 58-year-old Glen Burnie man was convicted of child abuse and two third-degree sexual offenses yesterday for sexually abusing three boys he had befriended and invited to his home.
Thomas Dalton Estes III entered Alford pleas -- in which he does not admit guilt but acknowledges the prosecution has enough ** evidence to convict -- in Circuit Court to the counts in the three cases. In exchange, three other cases against him were dropped.
The charges in two of the cases stem from several incidents of abuse of two boys between January 1990 and August 1991. According to court documents, Estes molested two boys, now 7 and 10, at his house in the 500 block of Joy Circle.
Estes also was convicted of molesting another boy, now 10, oat least 15 occasions between May 1990 and June 1991. He also invited that boy to swim at his house.
Estes faces a maximum of 35 years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 18. He remains free on $25,000 bond.
The county will save $921,200 in interest payments over the next 10 years after refunding $6.6 million in bonds first issued in 1980 and 1982.
MA "It's the same as if you refinanced a mortgage to get a lower
interest rate," said James M. Jewell, the county treasurer. "And we got an excellent deal. We just refinanced some old bonds. They will still mature in the same time period -- over the next 10 years."
The 1980 and 1982 multiple bond issues -- used to pay for an expansion of Harford Memorial Hospital, an addition to the County Courthouse and the Bel Air Elementary School -- carried interest rates of between 7 percent and 10 percent. That meant Harford would have had to pay $9,117,212 in principal and interest on the original bond sales.
By refinancing through a "refunding bond," Harford will instead pay $8,196,012 in principal and interest.
George Harrison, a county spokesman, said he believed the low interest rate for this small bond issue is a sign that Harford's planned $45 million bond sale in September also will draw a low interest rate. Harford is planning to spend $45 million for water and sewer projects, and several new schools.
Four robberies -- two of them armed -- took place in the county during the past week.
Police believe the incidents -- in Ellicott City, Columbia and Scaggsville -- are unrelated.
"As far as we know, . . . they just happened to occur in the same time period," said Sgt. Gary L. Gardner, police spokesman.
The most recent armed robbery occurred early yesterday at an Ellicott City gas station in the 4700 block of Dorsey Hall Drive.
Police said a man armed with what appeared to be a sawed-off shotgun entered the Mobil station and demanded money from a cashier. The man fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Two robberies occurred Sunday. The first was at 10:30 a.m. at a 7-Eleven store at the Cherry Tree Shopping Center in Scaggsville.
Later Sunday, a man with a knife forced employees at th Cosmetic Center at the 10000 block of U.S. 40 to open a safe. The man took an undisclosed amount of cash from the store.
On Friday night, three men beat a 20-year-old Columbia man an stole money from his friend in a WaWa convenience store