In Baltimore City
Two teen cousins shot, one fatally, outside their home
Two teen-age cousins were shot, one of them fatally, yesterday evening as they were about to enter their home in the Rosemont section of West Baltimore.
The victims, Sherod Bryant, 14, and Derrick Bennett, 16, had been to a carryout and were nearing their rowhouse in the 1500 block of N. Ellamont St. about 8:35 p.m. when a gunman approached and shot each of them at least once, police said.
Sherod died a short time later at Bon Secours Hospital, while Derrick was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. His condition was not available late last night.
Police said they knew of no suspect or motive, and urged anyone with information about the shooting to call Detectives Mark Hughes or Ronald Berger at 410-396-2100.
Jury deliberations to begin in case against ex-officer
Jurors are expected to begin deliberations today in a wrongful- death civil case in Baltimore Circuit Court involving a former city police officer.
The family of Derek Robert McIntosh, 25, seeks more than $30 million from Shane C. Stufft, 29, who they say used excessive force while trying to arrest McIntosh on Jan. 13, 1998. McIntosh, accused of drug dealing, died after being shot once in the chest and once in the neck by the officer.
During closing arguments yesterday, Eileen A. Carpenter, a lawyer for Stufft, said he was exercising his self-defense rights when he shot McIntosh in an alley in the 2200 block of Brunt St. in West Baltimore's Druid Heights neighborhood. She and co-counsel Myron T. Brown say McIntosh was trying to grab Stufft's gun during a struggle.
Attorney A. Dwight Pettit, who with Mitchell D. Treger and Matthew E. Bennett represents McIntosh's mother, Sheila Gray, said in closing that Stufft clearly used excessive force during the confrontation. "Trying to get away is called resisting arrest. That is not an offense punishable by death," Pettit said.
Two charged in kidnapping accused of killing N.J. man
A couple charged in a Virginia kidnapping after one of the suspects was shot at the end of a pursuit by Baltimore police have been charged with felony murder and robbery in the death of a pharmacist in Neptune, N.J., two years ago, authorities said yesterday.
Jaron Reevey, 20, and Sabrina Wright, 19, both of Neptune, are accused of killing George Lockhart Jr., 38, who was shot in the face May 9, 2000, as he walked to his 1999 Mercedes-Benz automobile parked behind the Rite Aid pharmacy where he worked. New Jersey police said robbery was the motive.
Bail for Reevey and Wright was set by a New Jersey judge at $1.7 million and $900,000, respectively.
The couple is accused of abducting a man last month from Richmond, Va., to Baltimore in a carjacking that ended when the man escaped from his car trunk and Reevey was shot five times by a city police officer during a pursuit.
In Baltimore County
League's meetings to focus on plan to expand council
TOWSON -- Baltimore County League of Women Voters will discuss a possible increase in the number of County Council districts at its general meetings this month.
A proposal to enlarge the seven-district council to nine districts could appear on the November ballot.
The meetings, which are open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at Edenwald, 800 Southerly Road, Towson, and at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 21 at Broadmead, 13801 York Road, Cockeysville. Information: 410-464-1902.
Empowerment conference for women set for March 2
TOWSON -- The fifth annual Empowering Women Conference will be held March 2 at Towson University.
The conference, from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include speakers, workshops and panel discussions on topics ranging from health issues to legal challenges for women. The cost is $40.
The event will be held at University Union. It is sponsored by the American Association of University Women -- Towson; Greater Baltimore Medical Health Care Inc.; Junior League of Baltimore Inc.; and Towson University Women's Center. Information: 410-560- 0805.
Board of Education plans to meet Tuesday
TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Board of Education will meet Tuesday in the Educational Support Services Building at Greenwood, 6901 Charles St.
The board will meet in open session at 5:15 p.m., go into closed session to discuss personnel matters, and resume its public meeting about 7:30 p.m.