City/County Digest

In Baltimore City

Man dies, 2 injured in city's 1st homicide in more than a week


One man died and two other people were injured last night in North Baltimore in the city's first slaying in more than a week.

Police Commissioner Kevin P. Clark arrived at the scene outside the St. Georges Apartments, providing sketchy information about the incident while crediting the recent halt in homicides to the tactics of his department.


"Shootings are down substantially," he said. "We've gone a good eight days without a homicide."

Northern District officers responded to a 10 p.m. call of shots fired inside an apartment in the 800 block of Nat Court. One man was dead when officers arrived, but Clark said it was unclear whether he had died from gunshot or knife wounds. Another man and a woman were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with serious injuries, police said.

Man sentenced to 25 years in heroin distribution case

A Northeast Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday in city Circuit Court to 25 years in prison for his role in a heroin operation that was the subject of a wiretap investigation lasting several months in 2001, prosecutors said.

During sentencing, Judge Paul E. Alpert called Marvin Cantine, 40, of the 1500 block of Burnwood Road one of the higher-ups in the drug operation, and said his activities caused shootings and homicides.

A jury in January convicted Cantine and Harvey Lippman, 31, of the 1300 block of Colbury Road of conspiracy with intent to distribute narcotics in a case prosecuted by Assistant State's Attorneys Randi Lifson and Nancy Olin. The wiretap investigation intercepted numerous conversations between Cantine and Lippman about acquiring large quantities of heroin and money, and resulted in the seizure of more than 3 kilograms of raw heroin, eight guns and $300,000 in raids in Maryland and Delaware, according to prosecutors.

In Baltimore County

Police arrest, charge man accused in home invasion


CATONSVILLE - An Ellicott City man was arrested yesterday and charged in the home invasion robbery Sunday of an 81-year-old man, Baltimore County police said.

Ronald Tyrone Hammond, 43, of the 8600 block of Town and Country Blvd. is accused of forcing his way into the man's home in the 400 block of Maiden Choice Lane and pushing him into a television set before stealing $150 from the man's wallet and a diamond engagement ring that belonged to the man's wife of 50 years. The man received six stitches for a cut on his head.

Based on an anonymous tip, detectives set up surveillance in the 800 block of Diener Place in Southwest Baltimore, where police said Hammond walked by the detectives' car yesterday afternoon and was arrested without incident.

Boy who walked into truck remains in critical condition

PARKVILLE - A 12-year-old boy remained in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital yesterday after he walked into a pickup truck on Harford Road, a hospital spokeswoman and county police said.

Samuel Weinstock-Ford of the 7700 block of Queen Anne Drive had walked through cars stopped at a light in the northbound lanes of Harford Road near Parkville Shopping Center about 5 p.m. Tuesday before walking into a truck in a southbound lane, said Bill Toohey, a county police spokesman.


The accident remained under investigation yesterday.

Middle River school seeks alumni to discuss careers

MIDDLE RIVER - Middle River Middle School is looking for alumni willing to talk to pupils about their careers and the importance of education.

The Middle River Middle School Alumni Outreach Project is part of an effort to get pupils thinking about what they need to study in high school and, perhaps, college to get a good job.

Interested alumni can call the school library at 410-887-0335, or they can call Julie Dellone, a seventh-grade math teacher who is organizing the project, at 410-638-1847.