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City/County Digest


In Baltimore County

Man, 42, sought in woman's killing arrested in N.J.

TOWSON -- The man being sought in the fatal stabbing Friday of a 46-year-old teaching assistant from Woodlawn was arrested in Newark, N.J., early yesterday, Baltimore County police said.

Darren Lee Johnson, 42, was charged in a warrant with first-degree murder in the death of his girlfriend, Tina Marie Washington. He was being held at the Newark Detention Center yesterday, awaiting extradition to Maryland, police said.

Washington, who worked at a private special-education school in Baltimore, was found by police in the Charing Martin Court apartment she shared with Johnson. Relatives had called police after not hearing from Washington for several days.

Police statistics show drop in 2003 crime numbers

TOWSON -- Baltimore County police released yesterday crime data for the first nine months of last year that show declines in the numbers of rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries and thefts.

Violent crime dropped nearly 6 percent and major property crime dropped about 8 percent, compared with the same period in 2002, the statistics show. The only category to register an increase was homicides, which climbed to 26 from 23 the year before, the report shows.

Police expect to finish compiling year-end data next month, said Bill Toohey, a county police spokesman.

Police identify teen-ager struck and killed by train

ESSEX -- The teen-ager struck and killed by an Amtrak train Saturday evening was identified by authorities yesterday as an Essex resident.

Richard Helmick Jr., 18, of the 1000 block of Middlesex Road was hit about 6:30 p.m. as he and several friends were trying to cross the tracks near his house, according to Baltimore County police.

The train, carrying 187 passengers, was traveling from Charlotte, N.C., to New York, an Amtrak spokeswoman said.

Police seek runaway, 16, who left home Monday

TOWSON -- Baltimore County police were searching yesterday for a 16-year-old girl who ran away from her Stoneleigh home without her depression medication.

Michelle Roper Caltrider was reported missing Monday evening, police said. Police searched for her using dogs and a helicopter, after checking the Towson Town Center and friends' homes.

She is white, 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 109 pounds. She was last seen wearing jeans and a black jacket with an eagle and flag design on the back. She was also wearing a maroon hooded sweat shirt and a green T-shirt with the slogan: "Cancel my subscription, I'm over your issues."

Anyone with information about the girl is asked to call the Towson precinct at 410-887-2361.

In Baltimore City

Hopkins seeks public's help in finding missing student

A 19-year-old sophomore from Indiana has been reported missing to city police by the Johns Hopkins University, which issued a public appeal for help yesterday.

The last known sighting of Nicholas Culbertson was late Sunday, when he left his Wolman Hall dorm room on the Homewood campus wearing flip-flips and no outdoor clothing, and leaving behind his wallet and keys, said university spokesman Dennis O'Shea.

University security and the Hopkins Office of Residential Life have searched the residence hall and campus as well as the neighborhood for Culbertson, a neuroscience major, ROTC cadet and member of the track and field team. Anyone with information on his whereabouts was urged to call 911 or Hopkins security at 410-516-4600.

Southeastern District names Officer of the Year

Ronald Bryant was named the Southeastern District's 2003 Officer of the Year yesterday.

During a brief ceremony at the district station, Bryant, 33, a nine-year veteran, received a plaque and a certificate for a free meal with his family at the Black Olive Restaurant in Greektown, one of the sponsors of the award.

Maj. Scott Williams, the district's commander, said Bryant won officer-of-the-month honors twice last year because he posted impressive arrest and criminal citation statistics and worked well with the community. The award is also sponsored by the Greektown Community Development Corp.

Discussion tomorrow on same-sex marriages

Equality Maryland will hold a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Johns Hopkins University on the issue of same-sex marriage.

The meeting will be moderated by Anthony McCarthy, publisher of the Baltimore Gay Life newspaper, with panelists including Ken Choe, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union's Gay Rights Project.

Equality Maryland is a civil rights and lobbying organization for gay, bisexual and transgendered residents. The session will be held in Glass Pavilion on the Homewood campus. Information:

An item in yesterday's City/County Digest incorrectly stated the neighborhood in which the Black Olive restaurant is located. The restaurant at 814 S. Bond St. is in Fells Point.
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