In Baltimore City

Evidence missing. but jury proceeds to convict 2 men

Evidence in an attempted-robbery case was discovered missing yesterday morning just before a Circuit Court jury convicted two men of the crime.

Three sets of photo arrays were left in a locked deliberation room Monday night along with jurors' notes, but when jurors returned yesterday morning, the material was missing, said Detective Randy Wynn, the lead investigator in the case.

Judge M. Brooke Murdock asked jurors if they could still render a verdict yesterday, and they said they could. Jason Mack, 19, of the first block of Overbrook Road and James Smith, 19, of the 2000 block of Clifford Road were convicted of attempted armed robbery and assault. The attempted robbery occurred May 8 in the 700 block of S. Regester St. in Fells Point.

Panel likely to OK Clark as police commissioner

The City Council's executive appointments committee is expected to confirm Kevin P. Clark today as the city's new police commissioner.

The hearing at 4 p.m. in the Curran Conference Room at City Hall provides members the chance to question Mayor Martin O'Malley's successor to Edward T. Norris.

Councilman Bernard C. "Jack" Young, committee chairman, said the five-member committee will most likely vote for Clark's confirmation after the hearing, referring the matter to the council for a final vote next month. Young said the mayor has the authority to keep Clark in the job no matter what the committee decides, a lack of oversight Young said he wants changed.

School receives 500 books and computer workstation

In honor of Black History Month, Verizon has donated a computer workstation with free Internet access to the city's Collington Square Elementary School.

As a part of its Verizon Bookmarks African American Progress initiative -- which supports literacy and education -- the company also donated 500 books to the school.

"We are committed to supporting literacy and education, and this project helps communicate the importance of literacy, education and technology in underserved communities," said Bruce Gordon, president of Verizon's retail markets group.

In Baltimore County

Board to hear comments on new school's boundaries

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County school board will hear comments tonight on two proposed boundary lines for New Town High School in Owings Mills, which will open in September.

Some parents have expressed concerns about the boundaries for the new high school, which will be the first to open in the county in 25 years, fearing it might not sufficiently relieve crowding at Randallstown, Milford Mill and Owings Mills high schools.

The board is likely to approve an $857 million budget proposed by Superintendent Joe A. Hairston when it meets at 7:30 p.m. in Room 114 in the Educational Support Services Building at Greenwood, 6901 N. Charles St.

Man accused of cutting wife's throat during fight

COCKEYSVILLE -- A 44-year-old woman was released from Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday after she was treated for a knife wound she suffered in an argument with her husband, Baltimore County police said.

Mahnaz Heshmati had taken out a protective order against her husband, Mohammad Djafari, 51, barring him from her home in the first block of Flanders Ridge Court. Djafari is accused of visiting his wife Monday and cutting her throat with a kitchen knife, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a county police spokesman.

Djafari was being held last night without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center on charges of attempted murder and assault, police said.

Police seeking gunman who robbed service station

CARNEY -- Baltimore County police are looking for a man who held up a Harford Road service station at gunpoint Jan. 27.

Police said the man approached the attendant at the Amoco station in the 9300 block of Harford Road about 7:40 a.m., pointed a silver-colored handgun at him and demanded money. The clerk complied and the robber grabbed additional cash from the register before leaving the station.

The man is described as white, about age 35, 6 feet tall, 200 to 250 pounds, wearing a red baseball hat, a black dreadlock wig, black jacket and blue jeans. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888.

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