In Baltimore City

Trial set for man accused of stealing city official's laptop

The man accused of stealing the laptop computer of Baltimore's labor commissioner pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree burglary yesterday, and his trial was set for March 11 in city Circuit Court.

James Monteiro is accused of burglarizing Sean R. Malone's Ten Oaks home and the homes of three others last year.

When police recovered Malone's city-owned Dell laptop computer shortly after the Oct. 7 burglary, they discovered pornography, according to former Police Commissioner Kevin P. Clark. The investigation of Malone's computer occurred shortly before Mayor Martin O'Malley fired Clark, who then made references to the computer in a lawsuit saying he was unfairly terminated.

Monteiro's public defender, Angela Shelton, said yesterday that they rejected a city prosecutor's plea deal carrying a 15-year sentence. She said Monteiro's rights were violated because police continued to interrogate him after he had asked for a lawyer.

Man, 21, is fatally shot outside Curtis Bay home

A 21-year-old man was fatally shot last night outside his home in Curtis Bay, and police were seeking the public's help in locating his killer. It was the city's fourth homicide in as many days of the new year, police said.

Charles Mangus Thomas Jr. was found lying on the ground near the front door of his single-family home in the 1400 block of Ceddox St. about 6:20 p.m. by Southern District officers responding to a report of an injured man, said homicide Detective Richard Purtell.

Thomas, shot at least once in the head, was pronounced dead at the scene by a city Fire Department ambulance crew, Purtell said.

Anyone with information was urged to call Purtell or Detective Eric Sharp at 410-396-2100.

City to start collecting Christmas trees tomorrow

The city's Department of Public Works will begin collecting Christmas trees for recycling starting tomorrow.

Trees will be collected from residents on their second trash pickup day of the week - either Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Trees should be set out, free of all tinsel and ornaments, in the same location as trash, no later than 7 a.m. on collection day. Trees will be collected through Feb. 5.

Trees can also be brought this weekend for mulching to the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute parking lot, 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane. Trees will be collected Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. People interested in receiving mulch should take along bags or containers.

In Baltimore County

Police seek man, 33, in two county robberies

TOWSON - Baltimore County police are searching for Roderick Dawun Joyner, 33, of the 3400 block of Kimble Road in the Milford Mill area.

Joyner is charged with two counts of first-degree burglary in connection with residential robberies that occurred Oct. 6 in Parkville and Dec. 5 in Catonsville.

The October burglary occurred in the 8000 block of Old Harford Road. The December incident occurred in the 1900 block of Frederick Road.

Police released a photo of Joyner and described him as 6 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds.

Anyone with information about Joyner is asked to call Baltimore County police at 410- 307-2020.

Essex Middle River council to meet today at center

ESSEX - The Essex Middle River Civic Council will meet at 7:30 p.m. today at Victory Villa Community Center at Compass Road and Martin Boulevard.

Representatives from the Back River wastewater treatment plant will discuss concerns about the plant's ability to keep up with development.

Also, representatives of the Urban Design Assistance Team will give a briefing on proposals for improvements in the Essex-Middle River area.

An item in some editions yesterday about the trial of a man accused of stealing the laptop computer of Baltimore's labor commissioner misidentified the neighborhood where the commissioner lives. He lives in Ten Hills.The Sun regrets the errors.
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