Regional Digest

In Baltimore City

One man killed, one wounded in attempted robbery


One man was killed and another wounded early yesterday during an apparent attempted armed robbery in Northeast Baltimore, police said.

Police had not identified the dead victim last night, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman. The other man, a 24-year- old, was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital.


Two armed men approached the victims shortly before 1:30 a.m. Friday in the 2500 block of Garrett Ave., tried to rob them and then shot them as they attempted to flee, Harris said.

The surviving victim was shot in the back. The other man was shot multiple times. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead at 1:56 a.m., police said.

Man injured by shot fired into parked vehicle

A man was shot in the face last night as he sat in a parked vehicle in East Baltimore, but police said his injuries weren't life-threatening. The victim was in good condition late last night at an area hospital, a police spokesman said.

Officer Troy Harris said police received a call shortly before 10 p.m. saying shots had been fired in the 2700 block of E. Chase St. They found a man who had been shot through the driver's-side window, Harris said.

The victim's age and identity were unavailable late last night. Harris said police knew of no witnesses and had no suspects.

Man pleads innocent in theft from museum

The former finance director of the Baltimore Museum of Industry pleaded innocent yesterday in city Circuit Court to a charge of continuing theft in connection with more than $323,000 that was missing from the museum.


Samuel T. Mercer, 28, of the 2300 block of Pentland Drive, is accused of depositing museum donations into a private bank account he established. Documents allege that Mercer told people he had inherited $1 million from his grandfather.

Mercer was arrested at his Northeast Baltimore home in May. A trial is scheduled for Nov. 3.

In Baltimore County

Body of Delaware man found in Patapsco River

OELLA - Baltimore County police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found yesterday morning in the Patapsco River near the bridge that crosses into Ellicott City.

Kenneth Hendricks, 39, of Seaford, Del., apparently drowned, police said. Officers recovered his body about 9 a.m.


Police said Hendricks' car was parked nearby on River Road, near Hilltop Road.

In Carroll County

Worker at McDaniel site killed by masonry saw

WESTMINSTER - A masonry worker operating a saw was killed yesterday at a construction site on the McDaniel College campus in Westminster, authorities said.

James Grove, 42, of Westminster, an employee of Tim Pierce Masonry, was cutting cement blocks with a concrete saw at the new academic building site on the campus, Westminster police said. The gas-powered saw, with a 14-inch blade, kicked back suddenly and cut Grove, who died shortly before 1 p.m. at the scene, police said.

The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health office is conducting an investigation.


In Anne Arundel

Man at Shock Trauma after fiery single-car crash

An unidentified man was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center early yesterday after being pulled from his burning car at Fort Meade, Anne Arundel fire officials said.

Emergency dispatchers received a 911 call about 4 a.m. from someone who reported having pulled the 25-year-old man from the car, which had struck a tree near Reece and Annapolis roads, said Lt. George Wiseman, spokesman for the Fire Department.

Military police from Fort Meade were investigating the case. They did not release the victim's name and condition or discuss details of the accident.