A South Baltimore man was charged yesterday...


A South Baltimore man was charged yesterday with first-degree murder in the June 30 stabbing death of a 91-year-old woman in her home two blocks from the suspect's residence, police said.

Detective John Thanner said Carlos Roy "Joe Joe" Halcomb, 26, of the 3500 block of Sixth St. in Brooklyn, turned himself in about 1 p.m. at police headquarters downtown and was later charged with killing Leona G. Klimm, who was found dead in her home in the 3500 block of Fourth St. by a neighbor.

Thanner said Klimm's house was forcibly entered and money was stolen. He said Halcomb had been living in woods near his home for several days before -- for unknown reasons -- he turned himself in.

Youth, 17, fatally shot on West Baltimore street

Two gunmen fatally shot 17-year-old Antonio Faulkner in West Baltimore Tuesday night and police said yesterday they knew of no motive and had no suspects.

Detective Danny Danzy said Faulkner, of the 2000 block of Jubilee Court near Northern Parkway in Northeast Baltimore, was in the 2100 block of Frederick Ave. about 8: 35 p.m. Tuesday when the gunmen fired nearly 20 bullets at him, one hitting him in the back.

Danzy said Faulkner died shortly before 10 p.m. at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Lochearn woman pleads guilty in 1988 killing

A 38-year-old Lochearn woman pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in city Circuit Court yesterday for luring a Baltimore County drug dealer to her home, where he was robbed and beaten to death in 1988.

JoAnn Petty of the 6800 block of Alter Street pleaded guilty before Judge Clifton J. Gordy, admitting that she called Jason A. Ely, 21, and told him she had someone ready to buy drugs from him at her home, prosecutors said.

Her brother, Willie Petty, 36, of Berlin, Worcester County, and Jimmie McKoy, 34, of Baltimore pleaded guilty Tuesday to robbing and beating Ely, stuffing his body into the trunk of his Toyota Cressida and leaving it in Leakin Park on Jan. 1, 1988. Sentencing for all three defendants is set for Sept. 25.

Couple charged with murder in death of 18-month-old

A couple was charged yesterday with first-degree murder in the death of the woman's 18-month-old daughter, who suffocated while wrapped with a blanket that was tied with a metal coat hanger, police said.

Vonestine Covel, 31, of the 600 block of W. Lafayette Ave., and her boyfriend, Shannon Flint, 32, of the 2600 block of Francis St., were originally charged with child abuse and assault in the death of Jasmine Covel, of the Francis Street address, who was found dead in her home May 5.

Detective Michael Hammel said evidence indicated the child was bound to prevent her from leaving her bed. An autopsy showed Jasmine had numerous injuries and the state medical examiner's office on Monday ruled her death a homicide.

Oscar Mayer contest comes to Baltimore Zoo

The search for Oscar Mayer's newest songbird will spread miles of smiles at the Baltimore Zoo, tomorrow and Saturday.

Entry forms are available from participating stores, on the Oscar Mayer Web site, www.oscar-mayer.com, or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: 1998 Oscar Mayer Talent Search Contest, P.O. Box 4719, Blair, Neb., 68009-4719. Or send an entry form and a videotape of the contestant(s) singing either the "Oscar Mayer Weiner Jingle," "The Bologna Song," or the "Oscar Mayer Spanish Language Jingle," by Sept. 4 to the contest at 1548 Front St., Blair, Neb., 68008.

The grand prize is singing in a commercial and a $20,000 scholarship. Informaton: 800-672-2754.

ESSEX -- County officials are moving to condemn and take possession of the privately owned half of the derelict Riverdale apartments complex, even as they plan to accept ownership of the other half from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

County Attorney Virginia W. Barnhart said the HUD-owned half, known as Riverdale Village, should change hands Sept. 15, and demolition should be completed by Oct. 1. The property is off the 1900 block of Eastern Boulevard.

The County Council will be asked in September to approve condemnation of the other half, Riverdale Apartments, still nominally owned by Richard M. Schlesinger. The purchase price could be as low as $1, Barnhart said, based on demolition costs and new, lower density residential zoning.

School crossing guards needed throughout county


TOWSON -- Crossing guards are needed for schools all over the county, and the Baltimore County Police Traffic Resource Management unit is accepting applications, police said.

Crossing guards work for an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon. They earn $18.96 a day, police said. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have reliable transportation, and pass a physical exam and background check.

For an application or more information, call Officer Ron Ruark at 410-887-5804.

Marchione chosen president of superintendents group


TOWSON -- Schools Superintendent Anthony G. Marchione has been elected president of the Public School Superintendents' Association of Maryland.

The group includes the superintendents of Maryland's 24 public school systems. Marchione's one-year term as president lasts until June 30.

Pub Date: 7/09/98

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