In Baltimore City
Police investigate pair of carjackings, related shooting
City police are investigating two carjackings that occurred within an hour early yesterday in Northwest Baltimore -- including one in which a motorist was shot in the back.
The shooting victim was a 32-year-old man who had stopped in the 5200 block of Merceron Ave. just after midnight. A gunman ordered the man out of his car, then shot him in the back as he complied. The assailant drove off in the blue Hyundai with tags CVS 970.
The victim was listed in good condition at Sinai Hospital.
About 1 a.m., a male motorist was stopped at a traffic sign in the 3900 block of Eldorado Ave., when a man approached and asked for a jump start for his disabled car. The man then pulled a handgun and ordered the driver out of his Dodge Neon with tags KZW 217. The gunman was joined by three other men before they sped away.
Arraignment set for man accused in record PCP case
A Baltimore man charged in the seizure of a record amount of PCP will be arraigned today, according to the city state's attorney's office.
Robert Brown, 19, of the 600 block of N. Rosedale St. was arrested Nov. 20 and police seized 4 ounces of liquid PCP in a vodka bottle, police said.
The arrest led police to a drug lab in a Northwest Baltimore house, where they found 42 five-gallon containers of chemicals, including 30 gallons of PCP. The chemicals were worth from $50 million to $100 million, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. Brown was charged with possession of PCP, a misdemeanor, and intent to distribute the drug, a felony. He was released on $50,000 bail.
Novena of Grace to start tomorrow at St. Ignatius
Services for the 146th annual Novena of Grace will begin tomorrow at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church, 740 N. Calvert St.
Father Peter Arabia, a Jesuit priest, will direct the nine consecutive days of prayer and preaching at the daily 12:10 p.m. Mass. Novena prayers will also be said at the 7:25 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Masses.
The novena, which will end March 12, honors St. Francis Xavier, a 16th-century Jesuit missionary.
In Baltimore County
Man injured, 3 arrested in stabbing at bull roast
ROSEDALE -- A fight at a bull roast at Lantern Gardens in Rosedale ended with one man stabbed and three men arrested early yesterday, Baltimore County police said.
The fight broke out about 12:15 a.m. at the catering business in the 7800 block of Philadelphia Road. James Snier III, 21, of the 3200 block of Evergreen Ave. in Baltimore was stabbed in the left thigh and upper right chest, police said. Snier was in fair condition at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
Jason E. Laubach, 20, of the 4000 block of Briar Point Road in Middle River was charged with attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault, police said. Also arrested were James C. Laubach, 22, of the 5500 block of Lanham Way in Rosedale and Scott A. Schwartz, 19, of the first block of Haylock Court in Perry Hall, police said. Both were charged with first-degree assault and possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure.
Land-use planner, author to address panel Thursday
TOWSON -- Randall Arendt, a land-use planner, site designer and author, will speak Thursday before the Baltimore County Planning Board about creative ways to attract new development to established communities.
Arendt, an advocate of "conservation planning," has written more than 20 works, the most recent of which is Crossroads, Hamlet, Village, Town: Design Characteristics of Traditional Neighborhoods, Old and New.
The presentation will be at 4 p.m. in Room 407 of the County Circuit Court Building, 401 Bosley Ave.
Free tax help available for residents who qualify
CATONSVILLE -- Free assistance preparing tax returns will be offered to senior citizens and low-income residents this month and next at the Catonsville campus of the Community College of Baltimore County, 800 S. Rolling Road.
The sessions will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, 20, 27 and April 3 and 10. The sessions will be held in Room 109 of the college's "E" Building.