Details of a Jan. 30 slaying in...

CARROLL COUNTY WESTMINSTER — Details of a Jan. 30 slaying in Westminster were misstated in Monday's Carroll County edition. Timothy Cumberland, charged with murder, conspiracy and manslaughter, is accused of throwing a shotgun to Samuel Allen Miller, who in turn is accused of using it to kill Gregory Lamont Howard.

The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.


Defendant in murder case asks for change of venue

WESTMINSTER -- A defendant in the Jan. 30 drug-related shooting of a Westminster man is seeking to have his Sept. 15 trial moved.


Because of publicity surrounding the shooting, Michael D. Montemarano, the attorney for Timothy Cumberland, said yesterday that a fair trial for his client would be impossible in Carroll County.

In addition to the change-of-venue request filed late Friday afternoon in Carroll Circuit Court, Mr. Cumberland, 23, of Reisterstown, is asking that his $250,000 bail be reduced.

Mr. Cumberland is charged with murder in the slaying of Gregory Lamont Howard, 22.

Also charged in the killing are Samuel Allen Miller, 22, of Owings Mills; Daniel Justin Leonard, 23, of Reisterstown; and Matthew August Balaz Sr., 25, of Westminster.

Police said Mr. Cumberland was the one who threw away the shotgun used to kill Mr. Howard.

Gilchrest to tour Clay Street corridor




ANNAPOLIS -- U.S. Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest will tour the city's troubled Clay Street corridor this morning with city officials.

The Republican congressman, who represents the 1st District, will tour with Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins, Alderman Carl O. Snowden and Maxine Saunders, regional director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

A decorated Annapolis police veteran was shot and wounded in late February while raiding an apartment for drugs at the corner of Clay and West Washington streets.

The shooting came after months in which neighbors complained about a tough crowd there. Parents have forbidden their children to visit the teen center. And government workers say they're afraid to walk the one block from the Arundel Center to the garage on that corner after dark.

The city police department has responded by stepping up patrols in the area and opening a satellite office at Helping Hand, a homeless shelter on Clay Street.

Pasadena man hurt in early morning fire



PASADENA -- A man was critically injured yesterday in an early morning fire that caused $80,000 worth of damage to his home.

Capt. Gary Sheckells, a county Fire Department spokesman, said Charles Allen Russell, 54, was smoking in or near the bed when the cigarette ignited the blaze at the two-story home in the 8400 block of Bussenius Road.

When the blaze erupted, Mr. Russell ran from his upstairs bedroom and yelled to his 27-year-old niece for a bucket of water.

Mr. Russell and his unidentified niece, who was not injured, escaped from the home. Firefighters, who arrived a few minutes past 6 a.m., had the fire extinguished by 8:30 a.m. Fire damage was confined to the upstairs bedroom and the hallway.

Mr. Russell was flown by state police MedEvac helicopter to the Francis Scott Key Medical Center in Baltimore with severe burns on both hands, Captain Sheckells said. He was listed in critical condition.


More funds approved for landfill test monitoring


The Baltimore County Council voted 5-1 last night to appropriate $25,000 in additional legal fees to the law firm of Piper & Marbury to monitor state and federal testing of the Parkton Landfill.

Councilwoman Berchie L. Manley, R-1st, voted against the expenditure, contending that the county should use the money to clean up the landfill rather than hire attorneys.

The council had approved an initial appropriation of $22,000 last month to the firm with an attorney who is an expert on environmental regulations. At the time, the council passed a resolution expressing its concern over possible health risks associated with the landfill and its commitment to clean up any pollution found there.

The Maryland Department of the Environment is testing water in the landfill to determine if it is leaking polluted leachate into area ground waters and contaminating wells. The testing is being monitored by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, which will determine ultimately if the landfill is put on the federal Superfund list for clean-up. The county hired Piper & Marbury to ensure that the testing and analysis conforms to EPA regulations.


Suspect in burglary hurt during chase


WESTMINSTER -- A Towson man suspected of burglarizing a Taneytown drug store was in serious condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday after his car overturned during his alleged getaway.

State police identified the suspect as Richard Matthew Gordon Adams, 33, of the 1500 block of Dellsway Road. They said charges are pending against him.

A deliveryman for The Sun, Franklin Allen Bellamy, 33, of Taneytown, told Westminster police he witnessed a burglary at the Revco Drug Store, in the 500 block of E. Baltimore St., about 2:30 a.m. He said he pursued what he believed to be the burglar's car southeast on Old Taneytown Road at high speeds until it missed a sharp curve and crashed.

Raw sewage released onto road in Bel Air




BEL AIR -- A break in a sewer line Sunday night released an undetermined amount of raw sewage onto West Ring Factory Road here and caused an overnight shutdown of the Plum Tree pumping station.

Crews worked throughout the night to replace the broken 1-foot by 1 1/2 -foot section in the pipe and to clean up the area.

The line was back in operation by 1 p.m. yesterday, said William T. Baker, director of Harford Department of Public Works.

Seismologists to study hoopla over tremors




COLUMBIA -- New York seismologists studying Howard County's recent spate of small earthquakes are also seeking to analyze the psychology of why the quakes are receiving so much attention.

Sunday afternoon's twin tremors near Route 32 and U.S. 29 -- the 10th and 11th earthquakes to occur in the county since March 10 -- registered only 1.5 on the Richter scale, yet were reported in the New York Times. Philadelphia newspapers also carried stories on the quakes.

"It's partly because they are occurring so near Washington and there is so much media," said seismologist John G. Armbruster, a research scientist from Columbia University's Lamont Doherty Geological Observatory in Palisades, N.Y.

Police identify man killed driving stolen van




ROXANA, Del. -- A Maryland man who was killed in the crash of a stolen van being followed by an off-duty Ocean City police officer was identified yesterday as Allen H. Collick, 18, of Randallstown, police said.

Mr. Collick was killed Saturday when the stolen van he was driving flipped over, throwing him from the vehicle. He was declared dead on arrival at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, authorities said.

The off-duty officer, driving from his Delaware home to work in his personal car, spotted the van and recognized it from a police radio description as having been stolen in the Maryland resort, said Trooper Jeffrey R. Hale, a Delaware State Police spokesman.

Mr. Collick apparently noticed that he was being followed and stopped the van, getting out to see who was in the car behind him. When he saw the uniformed Ocean City officer using a radio, he got back in the van and sped away, the trooper said.


The van overturned on a curve along a county road about three miles south of Roxana.

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