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Man gets 90 years in killing of his great-grandparents


A 20-year-old Baltimore man has been sentenced to 90 years in prison for killing his great-grandparents and trying to kill his mother in what prosecutors said was an argument over his drug habit.

Damon Wilson of no fixed address pleaded guilty on Monday in Baltimore Circuit Court to two counts of second-degree murder and one count of attempted murder in the March 7, 1998, fatal beatings of Leana Ferrell, 84, and William Ferrell, 90, and the stabbing of Lori Sue Wilson, 39.


Prosecutors said Damon Wilson became angry when the Ferrells' ordered him to leave their house in the 3400 block of Copley Road in Northwest Baltimore. They said he stabbed his mother and then beat his great-grandparents when they tried to intervene.

Curran files for re-election to City Council in 3rd District

Northeast Baltimore Councilman Robert W. Curran filed yesterday for a second four-year term.

Curran, 48, was accompanied by his wife, Janice, and his brother, Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr., at the city elections office. A Curran family member has held a 3rd District council seat for 46 years.

Curran was first elected in 1995, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of his brother, Martin E. "Mike" Curran, who died recently.

Man trying to elude pursuer is killed; 2nd man also shot

Two men shooting dice on a West Baltimore street last night were shot, one fatally, by a gunman who earlier fired several shots at one of the victims while chasing him. The names of the two men were not available.

Police said the man who was being chased saw several other men shooting dice in the 1300 block of Myrtle Ave. about 9: 20 p.m. and joined the gamblers in an the attempt to elude his pursuer. Moments later, the gunman spotted his target sitting among the gamblers and shot him several times, mortally wounding him. The gunman also shot one of the gamblers.


Police said both victims were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where one man died and the other was in stable condition.

33 police officers promoted, including Frazier's aide

Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier promoted 33 officers recently, including Maj. Timothy J. Longo to colonel. Longo, an aide to Frazier, will head the Technical Services Bureau, overseeing communications, the property division and headquarters security, beginning next week.

Five lieutenants were promoted to major, including Lt. Zeinab Rabold, formerly of the Internal Investigation Division. She is the new commander of the Northwestern District, replacing Maj. Carl Brown, who retired.

Ten sergeants were promoted to lieutenant and 17 police officers to sergeant last week.

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Police release details on body found May 12 in Woodlawn

TOWSON -- Forensic investigation has provided facts about a body found May 12 near a Woodlawn apartment complex, police said yesterday, but they have no identification.

The body, which was partially decomposed and wrapped in a light covering when it was found, is that of a girl age 14 to 17, said police spokesman Bill Toohey. She may have been white, Hispanic or light-skinned black, he said, and was 5 feet to 5 feet 3 and 100 to 120 pounds.

Police said two pieces of clothing were found beneath the nude body: a blue-gray-white plaid shirt with long sleeves and a square-necked pullover top with short sleeves. Anyone with information about the girl is asked to call county police at 410-887-2198.

Recreation, parks agency seeks beach staff applicants

TOWSON -- The county Department of Recreation and Parks is seeking applications for its beach staff at Rocky Point, Oregon Ridge and Miami Beach.


All positions are seasonal, with full-time and part-time opportunities available. Application and information: Enterprise Division, 410-887-3873.

Groundbreaking is today for university residence hall

TOWSON -- A groundbreaking ceremony for an $18 million residence hall at Towson University will take place at 10: 30 a.m. today near the upper parking lot of the administration building.

The new dorm is the first within the University System of Maryland to be built and managed by a private firm. The five-story, 410-student hall will be built and managed by Capstone Development Corp. of Birmingham, Ala. It should be completed by fall next year.

Expected to attend are state Comptroller and member of the university Board of Visitors William Donald Schaefer, alumna and state Sen. Barbara A. Hoffman and school President Hoke L. Smith.

Pub Date: 5/26/99