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In Baltimore City

Three men killed in unrelated shooting incidents

Three unidentified men were fatally wounded in unrelated city shootings yesterday - one on a residential street near the site of the former Memorial Stadium, the others on the west side and in Brooklyn, police said.

Officers investigating gunshots in Waverly about 12:30 a.m. found the body of the first victim inside a Nissan Sentra that had drifted and come to rest against another vehicle in the 3700 block of Elkader Road. He had been shot at least once in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The second victim was found with multiple wounds lying in the street in the 1600 block of Balmor Court in the Gilmor Homes shortly before 5 p.m. He died at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Police said several witnesses were being questioned last night.

About 9:50 p.m., the third victim was shot in the head in the 3400 block of 4th St. in Brooklyn, and also died at Shock Trauma. Police said a burgundy Ford Crown Victoria that was seen leaving the area.

Man jailed for failure to fix two rowhouses

A Baltimore County man received a six-month sentence yesterday for failing to make court-ordered repairs to two rowhouses he owns in Baltimore's Middle East neighborhood.

District Judge Jack I. Lesser suspended all but 30 days of the sentence and allowed the defendant, 54-year-old Jeffrey C. Hines, to serve the term on weekends so he can continue working at First Metropolitan Mortgage.

Hines also was ordered to pay $3,000 in fines and to make repairs to 2214 and 2212 Henneman Ave. by Nov. 17, said Julie Day, of the city Department of Housing and Community Development.

After housing officials took Hines to court, he was ordered in October to fix the roof and other problems, which were causing water damage to an adjacent rowhouse, Day said. The repairs were never made, and Lesser found Hines in civil and criminal contempt, Day said.

Lunchtime concert series scheduled to begin Friday

A fall lunchtime concert series called Picnics in the Park will be held in Preston Gardens on St. Paul Street in Baltimore, beginning this week.

Downtown Partnership of Baltimore is sponsoring the events - 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. - beginning Friday in the small park just west of Mercy Medical Center. The series ends Oct. 18.

The concert series debuted in 2000. Businesses and organizations near Preston Gardens are sponsors.

In Baltimore County

Man convicted of killing estranged wife's boyfriend

TOWSON - An Owings Mills man was convicted in Baltimore County Circuit Court yesterday of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of his estranged wife's boyfriend in her home in December.

Fredericko Eugene Hemphill, 39, of the 9900 block of Linden Hill Road was convicted after a two-day trial of killing Leon Ruppert Dickerson III, 31, on Dec. 15.

Police said Hemphill stabbed Dickerson in the chest and back about 2 a.m. when he found the victim in bed with his estranged wife in her home in the 900 block of Crosswind Place in Cockeysville. Judge Christian M. Kahl scheduled sentencing for Dec. 5.

Store officials set meeting to discuss supermarket plan

TIMONIUM - Wegmans Food Markets Inc. will hold a public meeting at 7:30 p.m. today at Ridgely Middle School to discuss its proposal for a 130,000-square-foot supermarket on Beaver Dam Road, north of Padonia Road.

The proposal has run into opposition from local leaders, community groups and businesses worried about traffic and competition. Wegmans' officials say they will address those concerns and offer the Rochester, N.Y.-based supermarket chain's commitment to Baltimore County.

The school is at 121 Ridgely Road.

Lansdowne Middle set to reopen after blackout

LANSDOWNE - Lansdowne Middle School is expected to reopen today, after a blackout knocked out power and forced the building's closure yesterday.

The outage at 4 a.m. resulted from a problem with an underground power line running to the school.

Electricity was restored to the building at 11 a.m., said Principal Kiki M. Geis, and the staff spent the rest of the day getting the school ready to reopen.

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