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Man charged in shooting

A 20-year-old Glen Burnie man was charged yesterday with first-degree murder in the shooting death Saturday of a 37-year-old man during an incident at the Valley Brook Apartments in the 7800 block of Southhampton Drive.

Police said Rodney Lawrence Conyer, 20, of the 100 block of Faywood Court, walked into the Northern District at 2 p.m. and was arrested in the murder of James William Helphenstine, 37, of the 1100 block of Wharf Drive.

Police said Mr. Conyer also was charged with robbery. Investigators said they also were searching for another suspect in the case.

Police had been looking for a suspect who was wearing a pair of light-blue, bib-style overall shorts. Police said they found comparable shorts in the suspect's apartment.

Four teen-agers were facing court action today after the driver of the stolen car they were in rammed a police cruiser when the officer attempted to pull them over.

City police said Officer Warren Smith of the Western District was in the 1100 block of N. Calhoun St. around 2:30 p.m. Friday when he spotted a 1990 Hyundai occupied by four males that had been stolen earlier in Northwest Baltimore.

As Officer Smith followed the car west on Franklin Street, Officer Darren Blackwell was northbound on Fulton Avenue, helping with the chase. In the 1100 block of Franklin St., the driver of the stolen car rammed Officer Blackwell's cruiser broadside. The officer was slightly injured.

Police said the four occupants jumped out of the car and were caught in a brief chase. Police said they found a loaded .32 caliber revolver an occupant threw from the car.

Charged as adults with auto theft, possession of a handgun and assault with intent to murder Officer Blackwell are two 17-year-olds, Antonio Roy, of the 4200 block of Norwood Ave., and Ronald Royster, of the 4600 block of Parkton St.

Police said today that the Roy youth was being held at the station in lieu of $50,000 bail and that the Royster youth is being held on $100,000 bail. Two 15-year-old boys in the car were each charged as juveniles with the same offenses and were sent to the Charles H. Hickey School in Baltimore County pending action by juvenile authorities.

Anne Arundel County:

A Baltimore man who pleaded guilty to being an accessory to the murder of a Pasadena man during a drug deal that went awry has been released on probation and given credit for time already served in jail.

Charles Edward Pannell, 46, of the 1800 block of N. Durham St., was sentenced to three years in prison for the crime. But Anne Arundel Circuit Court Judge Bruce C. Williams gave him credit for the nine months he has been in jail since his capture and suspended the remaining time.

The judge said he was putting Pannell on probation and recommending that he seek drug and alcohol counseling.

Pannell charged with first-degree murder in the shooting last fall of Michael Junior Chisholm, 36, of the 3500 block of Woodland Ave. in Baltimore.

Carroll County:

The defendant in a murder case testified in Circuit Court Friday that Baltimore homicide detectives denied him access to a lawyer, never informed him of his rights and coerced a tape confession of his admission to participation in an elderly North Baltimore woman's murder last summer.

Abras Morrison, 21, said he was told to sign and initial the Advisement of Rights statement "as a matter of procedures," but he did not know what it was, nor was it read to him.

"The only thing I was told about a lawyer was that I could get one later," said Mr. Morrison, one of two men charged with abducting and killing 74-year-old Margaret Cullen and leaving her body in a Hampstead cornfield last August.

Mr. Morrison, of the 6000 block of Lanette Road in Baltimore County, and Troy Dominic Shellington, 21, of the 3600 block of Cottage Avenue in Baltimore were charged last summer with first-degree murder and kidnapping in Mrs. Cullen's death.

Closing arguments are expected to take place today. Mr. Shellington's trial is scheduled Sept. 21.

Harford County:

The number of murders and robberies reported to police in Harford County during 1992's first six months increased, but overall serious crime declined by more than 8 percent.

State police reported that six murders occurred from January to June, while two murders -- elderly Havre de Grace women killed in their gun shop in October -- were reported during all of 1991.

Robberies jumped from 32 during the first half of last year to 57 during the same period this year, figures released by the Maryland State Police Uniform Crime Report Division show. Police cited a weak economy and continued unemployment as major reasons.

Reported rapes declined from 23 during the first half of last year to 20 this year. Break-ins dropped from 807 to 724; larcenies, from 1,902 to 1,764; arsons, from 28 to 24; and motor vehicle thefts, from 234 to 167, the report said.

Howard County:

The Maryland Commission on Human Relations says Howard County schools have taken a "head in the sand" approach to dealing with race incidents.

The commission also claims some problems have been ignored because principals and teachers are simply uncomfortable dealing with them.

A 68-page draft report, released Tuesday, follows a four-month study into the schools' handling of racial, religious and ethnic intolerance. The Maryland commission will discuss possible actions Sept. 8, said Deputy Director Henry Ford.

Among the report's conclusions: dozens of race incidents in recent years have gone unreported in the schools, in part because it is assumed that students don't understand their actions and are simply repeating what they learn at home; the schools offer an array of continuing education courses and seminars on multi-culturalism, but few teachers take advantage of them; black principals say administrators aim to match them with schools that have the most minority students, effectively limiting their job opportunities to schools in Columbia and Ellicott City; the schools' 3-month-old "rights" proposal, designed to improve the handling of hate-bias incidents, falls short by giving principals too much discretion in defining such incidents; the schools suspend a disproportionate number of black male students.

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