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Bank robbery suspect caught after chase that ends in crash

WOODLAWN - A suspected bank robber was caught by Baltimore County police yesterday after a chase along Interstate 795 and the Baltimore Beltway that ended when the suspect's car flipped over and smashed through a fence.

The chase began about 10:30 a.m. when police received a report of two men, one of them armed, robbing the Farmers and Merchants Bank in the 15000 block of Hanover Pike in Fowblesburg.

One drove off in a white Nissan Ultima, south on I-795 and west on the Beltway with county and state police in pursuit.

The chase ended on Belmont Avenue when the car flipped twice, broke through a chain link fence and landed in front of Martin's West, near Dogwood Road. The man was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

2 men sought in homicide at Owings Mills apartment

OWINGS MILLS - Baltimore County police were seeking two men in the fatal shooting last night of a 20-year-old man after the assailants forced their way into his apartment in the New Town development. The motive for the attack was unknown.

Police said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene and that his name was withheld pending notification of family members.

Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a police spokeswoman, said witnesses told investigating officers that two men broke into the victim's ground-level terrace apartment in the 9400 block of Owings Heights Circle near Lakeside Boulevard about 8:45 p.m. and, during a confrontation, shot him at least once in the upper body.

A 911 call from the apartment brought police from the Garrison Precinct to the scene.

Police search for suspect in counterfeit check cases

TOWSON - County police are searching for a man suspected of stealing more than $25,000 by creating counterfeit checks and using another person's identity to cash them.

The eight counterfeit check cases are from December and last month, police said. In each case, the man provided an altered driver's license to cash the check and obtained an identity card from the bank for future transactions.

In Baltimore City

Two ACORN employees charged after trash protest

Two employees of a city advocacy group were charged yesterday with littering, disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct in connection with a protest Saturday by Waverly residents who piled trash and debris on Harford Road, closing it for 25 minutes.

Aaron Sutton, 21, and Phillip Andrews, 23, of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) were served with criminal summonses at their Park Avenue offices about 11 a.m. yesterday, officials said.

ACORN leaders reacted angrily to the charges, saying the protest was peaceful and that residents were only calling attention to debris that the city had failed to remove from a neighborhood lot. "This is ridiculous," said Rose Taylor, an ACORN leader in East Baltimore. "We want to get the neighborhoods cleaned."

In charging documents filed in District Court, police said Sutton and Andrews "attempted to incite a riot by causing a large, rowdy crowd of citizens to form. ... This crowd prohibited the free flow of pedestrian and vehicle traffic."

Man found shot to death on Pimlico supermarket lot

A 24-year-old man was found shot to death early yesterday on the parking lot of a Pimlico supermarket near his home, and police said they had neither a suspect nor a motive in the slaying.

The body of Rashad A. McDonald of the 3000 block of Spaulding Ave. was spotted on the parking lot of a Stop, Shop & Save store by a man walking in the rear of the 5000 block of Park Heights Ave., said Detective Robert Cherry, a homicide investigator.

An autopsy late yesterday by the state medical examiner's office showed McDonald died of a single bullet wound to the upper body. Anyone with information about the killing is asked to call Cherry at 410-396-2100.

Joseph Boston to lead homeless services office

Joseph A. Boston has been named to head Baltimore's new homeless services office in the Department of Housing and Community Development, overseeing the dispersal of $20 million a year in state and federal grants to nonprofit groups.

Boston, who most recently worked in Philadelphia at the nonprofit Public/Private Ventures, a group that tries to make social programs more effective, took over the $75,000-a-year post Monday. He replaces Leslie H. Leitch, who will continue working at HCD as a grant writer.

Earlier, the Harvard Law school graduate was a foreign service officer at the U.S. State Department.

Groundbreaking set for building for elderly

A groundbreaking ceremony will take place this morning for Bon Secours Smallwood Summit, a $7.6 million building in Southwest Baltimore that will house apartments for elderly people with limited income.

Developed by Bon Secours Health System in partnership with Enterprise Homes Inc., the four-story building at 2 N. Smallwood St. will feature one- and two-bedroom apartments, most with monthly rent of $370 to $450, plus utilities. Eight units will be available for those with very low income, at rents of $152 to $262.

It is scheduled for completion in January, and applications for occupancy are being accepted. Information: 410-362-3209.

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