City/County Digest

In Baltimore City

Nephew is charged in fatal stabbing of east-side woman


The nephew of a woman found fatally stabbed in her East Baltimore home last week was arrested yesterday and charged with the killing, city police said.

Thomas A. White, 46, of the 2000 block of N. Washington St. was arrested in the 3600 block of Pulaski Highway by members of the Warrant Apprehension Task Force on a warrant charging him with first-degree murder. He was being held without bail last night at Central Booking and Intake Center, police said.


White is charged in the killing of Joann Dunn, 51, in the kitchen of her home in the 200 block of N. Linwood Ave. on Jan. 15, allegedly during an argument in which she refused to give him money for drugs, said Detective Ron Ciraolo. He said the woman's body was found by her husband when he returned from work.

Teen-ager pleads guilty in killing, gets 20 years

A teen-ager pleaded guilty yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court to second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a city man.

James D. Beverly, 18, of the 1500 block of N. Ellwood Ave. was sentenced to 20 years in prison in the death of Brandon Davis, 22. Prosecutors said that Davis was shot in the head in the 1200 block of N. Curley St. on Jan. 10 last year.

Beverly also pleaded guilty yesterday to an unrelated charge of attempted second-degree murder, for which he was sentenced to 20 years in prison. The sentences will be served concurrently.

Accident ties up traffic along Franklin Street

Traffic was backed up on Franklin Street for about an hour yesterday afternoon after two vehicles collided at a West Baltimore intersection, police said.

One of the vehicles was making a lane change near Franklin and Smallwood streets about 3:30 p.m. when it hit a second vehicle, according to a police supervisor in the city's Western District. The second vehicle then hit a pole. The names of the drivers, who had minor injuries, were not available.


The traffic backup extended to the downtown area before the street was reopened, police said.

In Baltimore County

Car fire in Towson garage forces evacuation of offices

TOWSON -- A car fire on the fifth floor of the garage of Virginia Towers yesterday morning prompted the evacuation of several offices in the 27-story building in the first block of Allegheny Ave., fire officials said.

The fire, which started about 10 a.m. and spread to another car and sport utility vehicle, was under control within 30 minutes but went to two alarms as a precaution, said Capt. Glenn A. Blackwell, a Fire Department spokesman.

Volunteers sought for emergency teams


TOWSON -- The Retired Senior and Volunteer Program of Baltimore County is seeking volunteers to serve on emergency response teams in Catonsville and Dundalk.

Volunteers receive medical, fire safety and other training to help them protect themselves, their families and their neighborhoods in emergencies. The 10-day training program will begin Jan. 29. Volunteers must live in the Catonsville and Dundalk areas.

Information: 410-887-2059.

Mystery writer to discuss works in Cockeysville

COCKEYSVILLE -- Mystery writer Donna Andrews will discuss her work at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Cockeysville Library, 9833 Greenside Drive.

Andrews is the recipient of the 2002 Agatha award for her novel, You've Got Murder. She is widely known as the author of the Meg Langslow series. Among her books are Crouching Buzzard, Revenge of the Wrought Iron Flamingos and Murder with Peacocks.


Information: 410-887-7750.