Boy, 16, is fatally stabbed


A 16-year-old boy was stabbed fatally last night in a fight wit a man in the 2300 block of West Baltimore St.

Police said Shyhid Aikeem Saunders of the 2200 block of West Fayette St. was stabbed in the left upper back and chest about 8:20 p.m. during a fight outside the man's house.

Witnesses told police at one point, the man went into his house, returned with a large knife, and stabbed the youth, who eventually collapsed in the 2200 block of Booth St.

The man fled.

Shyhid died at 9:10 p.m. at the University of Maryland Medical Center emergency room.

As police investigated the stabbing, a resident of the 2200 block of E. Madison St. called police and said a suspect was in her house.

Eastern District officers and Sgt. Louis Davis and Donald Warden, both of the homicide squad, went to the home and arrested Robert Jerome Cole, 36, of the 2300 block of W. Baltimore St.

Charged with first-degree murder and using a deadly weapon during a felony, he was being held at Eastern District lockup pending a bail hearing before a District Court commissioner.

Police said they had no motive for the slaying. The knife had not been recovered.

School Superintendent Walter G. Amprey vowed yesterday to make attendance, safe schools and improved academic performance top priorities this year.

Principals and school bureaucrats alike will face tough evaluations at the end of the year based on improvements in those areas, he told more than 500 principals and administrators.

They were participating in back-to-school workshops at Lake Clifton-Eastern High School in Northeast Baltimore.


The state Board of Public Works approved a $2 million contract yesterday for building a high-technology center to manage traffic throughout Maryland.

The contract for the facility on Md. 176, near Baltimore-Washington International Airport, was awarded to Lake Falls Construction of Baltimore, the lowest of nine bidders.

The State Highway Administration will run the center 24 hours a day, controlling variable-message signs, operating low-wattage AM radio stations, and providing traffic information to radio and TV.


In a last-ditch effort to stop construction of the new Severn River Bridge in Annapolis, a group of residents has sued the state, contending the project should not proceed until two environmental studies are done.

The suit, filed in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, says the state violated critical-area legislation and the Scenic and Wild Rivers Act by failing to complete the environmental studies.

Baltimore County

A tow-truck driver repossessing a car was shot at yesterday by a motorist who pulled alongside him on the Beltway, state police said.

The truck driver, Timothy Michael Sanders, repossessed a red Chevrolet Cavalier from the 5300 block of Pembroke Ave. shortly before 2:45 a.m. and headed south on the Beltway, police said.

As he approached Interstate 70, two people in a black BMW pulled alongside and one person began firing at the truck's rear tires. The gunman also fired at the truck's windshield, but the driver was not hit. The car followed the truck onto the westbound lanes of U.S. 40 before abandoning the pursuit, police said.

Police said the BMW had the partial tag number "WDP." Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police at 686-3101.



Defense attorneys for two people charged with the abduction and attempted murder of a Baltimore businessman say state police detectives failed to follow proper procedures when they arrested the pair in February.

"The arrests were bad. They didn't have probable cause to arrest them," Linda Ostovitz, who represents David Teddy Yoswick, 24, said yesterday at a pretrial hearing on defense motions in Carroll County Circuit Court.

Mr. Yoswick, of the first block of Leatherwood Place near Overlea, and Karen Sue Palido, 32, of the 6600 block of Washington Blvd. in Elkridge, are charged with attempted murder, kidnapping and armed robbery.

The victim, Frank Allen Storch, is a licensed private detective and president of a real estate management company.


Aberdeen and Bel Air have received "Pedestrian Safety Citation Awards" from the American Automobile Association for preventing pedestrian fatalities and injuries.

Neither town has had a pedestrian fatality in two years.


The son of Howard County Sheriff Michael Chiuchiolo could get 20 years in prison on a drug possession charge resulting from a March traffic stop in Laurel.

Jay Michael Chiuchiolo is to be sentenced Oct. 2 in Prince George's County Circuit Court.

Chiuchiolo, who lives in Clarksville, entered an Alford plea Tuesday to a charge of possession of PCP with intent to distribute. The plea means the defendant does not admit guilt but concedes prosecutors have enough evidence for a conviction.

Defense attorney Richard Kinlein said Chiuchiolo "did not intend to distribute" the drug, but that he knew the intent to distribute "could be inferred" because the substance was in liquid form.


A 45-year-old Columbia man was undergoing psychiatric evaluation today after threatening to set himself afire last night in an effort to patch up his relationship with his estranged wife, county police said.

Police said Joseph Edward Balsinger, of the 11200 block of Avalanche Way, was pulled from his gasoline-doused car by police about 11 p.m. A firefighter sprayed him with a fire extinguisher when he refused to leave the vehicle during a nearly three-hour stand-off in front of his wife's apartment building.

The wife, whose name was not disclosed, complained at 8 p.m. at police headquarters that her estranged husband called her on the phone and threatened her. Officers escorting her home in the 8800 block of Town and Country Blvd. found the husband sitting in his car.

The man faces charges of reckless endangerment, possession of deadly weapons and attempted malicious burning.

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