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2 sought in robberies of stores with names beginning with 'R'


TOWSON -- Baltimore County and city police are searching for two men they believe are involved in at least seven robberies since June -- all at stores whose names begin with the letter "R."

The crimes began in June, with the robbery of a Rite Aid store on Belair Road in the city. The most recent was Aug. 23 at the Rent-A-Center on Havenwood Road. In between, targets included Radio Shack in the 900 block of Taylor Ave. in Towson.


The first man, who acted alone in four holdups, is described as African-American, 35 to 40 years old, 6 feet 1 inch tall and 300 pounds, with short black hair and a tattoo of a five-pointed star inside a circle on his arm. Witnesses said a second man, also African-American and 6 feet 1 inch, is slim with a goatee and prominent scars on his face and neck. Anyone with information about the men is asked to call 410-276-8888.

Repaving is set next month on 2 1/4 -mile Beltway section

NORTH POINT -- The State Highway Administration is scheduled to begin repaving a 2 1/4 -mile stretch of the outer loop of the Baltimore Beltway -- between Exits 41 and 42 in the North Point area -- early next month.

The project will include resurfacing the road, replacing guardrails and installing pavement markings. Workers also will resurface the ramp from northbound Interstate 695 to Cove Road, and a median crossover.

During construction, single-lane closures might occur between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. The work is to be completed in late fall.

Children's center at college has space available for fall

ESSEX -- The Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County has openings in its Early Childhood Learning Center for the fall.

The center accepts children ages 2 1/2 to 5 and offers a playground and weekly theme units that are age-appropriate. Tuition is $27 a day or $114 weekly for CCBC students and staff, and $29 a day or $119 weekly for community families.


The center is at the CCBC campus, 7201 Rossville Blvd., and is open from 7:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Information: 410-780-6900.

In Baltimore City

3 men convicted in killings sentenced to life, 50 years

Three Baltimore men convicted of murder were sentenced to prison yesterday in city Circuit Court -- two to life in prison, the other to 50 years, the state's attorney's office announced.

Judge Timothy J. Doory sentenced Michael Mumford, 26, and Richard Dunkerly, 27, to life terms for the fatal beating of James Dietz in the 1300 block of Cole St. in May after an argument. In June, Mumford, of James Street, was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder and Dunkerly, of Coolidge Avenue, of second-degree murder.

In another hearing, Judge Kaye Allison sentenced Timothy Lewis of the 2400 block of Winchester St. to life in prison, with all but 50 years suspended, in the fatal shooting of unlicensed taxi driver David Hammond, 35. In September, Lewis and co-defendant Fearless Morrison were in Hammond's car when they ordered him out at gunpoint. Hammond was killed when he tried to get back in and drive away. Sentencing for Morrison was scheduled for Sept. 12.


'Pagemaster' to be shown Saturday night in Poe Park

The next program in the four-week Brooklyn-Curtis Bay outdoor movie series will be presented Saturday at Poe Park, Pennington Avenue and Filbert Street.

Free food will be available, with entertainment at 5:30 p.m. and a showing of The Pagemaster at 9 p.m. Alcohol is not permitted. Those attending are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket for seating.

The event is supported by a grant from the Baltimore Community Foundation. Information: 410-354-4866.