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Two sentenced in death of man who was beaten and shot

A Cherry Hill man was sentenced yesterday to two consecutive life terms in prison plus 20 years for beating a man to death in an East Baltimore rowhouse, then shooting him and setting the house on fire.

Gamell Jenkins, 25, of the 600 block of Cherry Crest Road was convicted by a Baltimore jury in June of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the death of Howard Hepburn, 25.

Also yesterday, Aaron Bell, 20, of South Durham Street was sentenced to 40 years for his role in Hepburn's murder. Bell had been convicted of second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

900 unclaimed vehicles to be auctioned off today

The city will auction about 900 unclaimed vehicles during two auctions today, making the combined auctions the largest sell-off of abandoned cars in city history. The first auction will be held at 10 a.m. at the city's impound lot at 6700 Pulaski Highway, and the second will take place at 3 p.m. at the Wagner's Point storage yard, Northbridge and Fourth avenues. City officials said that cars have sold for as little as $100 but those in good condition can fetch as much as $15,000. Payment must be in cash or by certified check. Credit cards are not accepted.

Information: 410-396-9964.

Man is fatally shot playing dice on front porch of house

A man was fatally shot last night while playing dice on the front porch of a house in Northwest Baltimore, police reported.

Wiley Bullock, 25, of the 600 block of Sheridan Ave. was gambling with another man on the porch in the 2600 block of Oswego Ave. when a gunman approached and for an unknown reason fired several shots, said homicide Detective Chris Jones. Bullock ran, but was found moments later lying in a small patch of grass between two nearby houses. He had bullet wounds to the face, chest and head. The other man on the porch was not hit, police said.

It was the city's 182nd killing this year, compared with 164 during the corresponding period last year, police said. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Jones at 410-396-2100.

In Baltimore County

Reisterstown Road closed for 3 hours after 2 accidents

REISTERSTOWN - Reisterstown Road (Route 140) was closed for about three hours yesterday morning for two accidents near Gores Mill Road, near the border of Baltimore and Carroll counties, police said.

The first accident occurred about 10:15 a.m. when a car traveling north on Route 140 made a U-turn in front of a tractor-trailer and was hit, police said. The 46-year-old woman driving the car appeared to suffer minor injuries, including a broken ankle, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a police spokesman.

A Garrison precinct officer responding to that accident was hurt when his patrol car was hit by a car appearing to try to make a turn on Route 140, police said. Officer Alexander Arthur was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center as a precaution, but was not seriously hurt, Vinson said. Both accidents remained under investigation late yesterday. Reisterstown Road reopened about 1:30 p.m.

County hires counselor for small-business center

TOWSON - Baltimore County hired a full-time small-business counselor this month for the Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center, which is run by the Chamber of Commerce.

Kimberly A. Taylor, a former business owner, will provide small-business owners assistance with loans, business plan development and marketing strategy.

County Executive James T. Smith Jr. said the new post is part of his commitment to supporting small- and minority business growth.

Job fair scheduled Sept. 19 at college's Dundalk campus

DUNDALK - A job fair will be held Sept. 19 at the Dundalk campus of the Community College of Baltimore County, 7200 Sollers Point Road.

The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school's Health Life Fitness Building.

Information for job seekers or employers: 410-282-9100 or 410- 285-9927.

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