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City man admits filing for $137,264 in false tax refunds

A Baltimore man has admitted filing false federal tax returns last year for more than 30 people, fraudulently claiming $137,264 in federal refunds by creating fictitious W-2 work statements for customers who in some instances were recruited off the street and transported to his home to complete the paperwork.

Eddie McCollough pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to filing false tax returns, acknowledging the scheme that investigators with the Internal Revenue Service said began in March last year. District Judge J. Frederick Motz ordered McCollough jailed until his sentencing, scheduled for Oct. 30.

Another man who authorities said aided McCollough by helping recruit potential customers pleaded guilty this month to a single count of filing false returns. Authorities said Jerrod Johnson, also of Baltimore, opened a bank account that McCollough used to channel false refund checks and drove some customers to McCollough's house.

Shooting victim, 18, brings city's homicide toll to 190

An 18-year-old man was shot to death last night on a street in West Baltimore street - the 190th homicide victim in the city this year, police said.

About 9 p.m., Western District officers investigating shots fired in the 600 block of Pitcher St., near Pennsylvania Avenue, found the body of the victim - whose name was not divulged - lying face down. He had died from what appeared to be at least one wound to the chest, police said.

Under the body was a handgun, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman. It was not known if the gun belonged to the victim or was dropped by his assailant, Moses added.

Anyone with information about the shooting was urged to call the homicide squad at 410-396-2100.

One Eastern Avenue ramp onto I-95 closed until Nov.

The northbound Interstate 95 entrance ramp from westbound Eastern Avenue in Baltimore will be closed until early November because of construction, state transportation officials said.

Traffic will be detoured so that motorists will be able to enter I-95 via the eastbound ramp, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. The posted detour route will direct traffic from westbound Eastern Avenue to Kane Street, to Hudson Street, to Dundalk Avenue and then to eastbound Eastern Avenue. Additional changed traffic patterns and lane shifts will occur on northbound I-95 in the Eastern Avenue area around Exit 59.

The construction is the result of a $14.9 million project, scheduled for completion in June, to upgrade 12 bridges along the interstate.

Police investigating death of 2-year-old child

City police are investigating what they say is the suspicious death of a 2-year-old girl in Northwest Baltimore on Monday night, police said.

Police said that paramedics were called to a home in the 3800 block of Derby Manor Drive after receiving a report of a baby in trouble. They found Raychel C. Tate not breathing and tried to resuscitate her. Raychel died about 7:40 p.m. at Sinai Hospital Center, police said.

An autopsy is pending, police said.

In Baltimore County

Police search for inmate who escaped work detail

COCKEYSVILLE - An inmate from the Baltimore County Detention Center walked away from a work detail at the Texas landfill just off York Road and jumped into a waiting van about 10 a.m. yesterday, prompting a police search, authorities said.

The inmate, Matt Vandergriff, 18, of Dundalk, had been in jail since May on charges of assault and resisting arrest. He was approved for work release by a county judge and detention center staff six days ago, said Jim O'Neill, the administrator of the county's two detention centers.

Nearby residents were not notified of the security breach. They are called only if a riot or an escape from confinement occurs at one of the jails, O'Neill said.

McDonogh School gallery to feature ex-teacher's work

OWINGS MILLS - A retrospective by artist E. Carey Kenney, the former head of McDonogh School's art department, will be featured in the Tuttle Gallery on the school campus on McDonogh Road through Oct. 11.

The public is invited to a reception in the gallery from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. today to honor the artist, whose works include oil portraits and watercolor landscapes from the 1940s to the present. One of Kenney's former students, Stiles Colwill, will offer a tribute to the teacher, who worked at McDonogh for 33 years.

The gallery is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday when school is in session. Information: 410-998- 3511.

Blood drive planned tomorrow at senior center

DUNDALK - MedStar Health will hold a blood drive tomorrow at Ateaze Senior Center, 7401 Holabird Ave.

The drive will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is required. Information and registration: 410-887-7233.

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