Man finds body in woods near apartment complex

A Glen Burnie man discovered a body lying in the woods behind his apartment complex while walking his dog yesterday morning.

Anne Arundel County police have not positively identified the body but believe he was a 20-year-old Hispanic man. They called the death suspicious.

The body was found near a storage garage behind the 7700 block of Hancock Lane in the Colonial Manor apartment complex, police said. Wounds and blood covered the upper part of the body, police said. An autopsy has been scheduled.

Police do not believe the body was moved, and they believe the death occurred Sunday night or yesterday morning. About 25 officers, including police academy recruits, searched all day in the area where the body was found looking for clues.

Police encouraged neighbors who might have seen or heard anything that could be related to the death to call county police at 410-222-8610.

-- Annie Linskey


Politicians, others back bill to give Amtrak $6 billion

Politicians, union representatives and environmentalists rallied yesterday at Penn Station for a bill that would provide Amtrak with $6 billion over the next three years, money that Rep. Elijah E. Cummings says would give the railroad "a real chance to succeed."

President Bush has proposed cutting all federal funding for Amtrak, which is getting $1.2 billion this year and has requested $1.82 billion for 2006.

"If we don't properly fund Amtrak, then Amtrak goes down the tubes," said Cummings, a 7th District Democrat and member of the Transportation Committee. "Amtrak is safe; it is clean; it is efficient. And yet the president has basically written Amtrak off."

The politicians complained that airlines, ports and highway projects receive billions of federal dollars, while the railroad, which carries 25 million riders annually to 500 stations in 46 states, languishes.

"No other mode of public transportation moves anywhere without the help of the federal government," said Rep. Corrine Brown, a Florida Democrat and member of the Railroad Subcommittee. "What's wrong with Amtrak? We put thousands and thousands of federal dollars into aviation, into highways, into ports, and yet there is a question when it comes to Amtrak."

The bill has yet to be considered by the full House of Representatives. In the meantime, Amtrak is facing tough opposition from critics who say the federal government can't afford to subsidize a poorly run passenger rail system.

In May, Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta urged Amtrak to cut costs, saying the railroad could be as much as $40 million in debt by Sept. 30.

- Associated Press


East Baltimore man charged in June 4 killing in Dundalk

A 22-year-old man from East Baltimore has been arrested in connection with a June 4 killing in Dundalk, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Travis Davon Terry of the 2700 block of Jefferson St. was charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault, police said. He was being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center after being denied bail.

Terry is accused of shooting Edwin Leon Potillo III, 24, of the 800 block of Middlesex Road. Witnesses told police that Terry and Potillo were longtime friends.

Also wounded in the shooting in an apartment in the 7800 block of E. Collingham Drive was Jennifer Parvizimotlagh, 23.

Police did not discuss a motive for the shooting. Bill Toohey, a department spokesman, said the investigation is continuing.

- Jonathan D. Rockoff


Flag Day event to feature parade, soldiers' ceremony

A parade featuring a fife-and-drum corps and re-enactors from the War of 1812 Fort McHenry Guard will kick off a Flag Day ceremony tonight at Pickersgill Retirement Community in Towson.

The free event starts at 6:45 p.m. The parade will be followed by a ceremony honoring men and women in military service, as well as Pickersgill residents who are veterans of World War II and the Korean War.

The public is invited to come early to picnic and view a display of nearly 50 flags from throughout American history. In case of rain, the event will move inside.

Pickersgill is at 615 Chestnut Ave. Information: 410-825-7423.

- Danny Jacobs


Former Urban League official to discuss education Thursday

A past president of the National Urban League will speak Thursday at a gathering of community and education leaders sponsored by Bolton Hill Charter School Midtown Academy.

Hugh B. Price was president and chief executive officer of the Urban League from 1994 to 2003 and is the author of the book Achievement Matters: Getting Your Child the Best Education Possible.

Price will join state schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick in a discussion about celebrating academic achievements.

The event will take place at 8 a.m. at the Brown Center at Maryland Institute College of Art.


Man gets 30-year term for murder of woman

A Howard County Circuit Court judge sentenced Anthony T. Williams to a maximum 30 years in prison yesterday in the killing of a Northeast Baltimore woman, whose body Williams and his girlfriend stuffed into a freezer.

In April, a jury convicted Williams, 33, of Suitland, of second-degree murder and first- and second-degree assault and found him not guilty of first-degree murder and murder conspiracy.

Judge Dennis M. Sweeney rejected a request from defense attorney George Psoras Jr., for a 15-year sentence, saying the lesser convictions from the jury were "generous," according to a statement from the Howard County state attorney's office.

On the witness stand yesterday, Williams repeatedly denied killing Tamaria Hughes, 36, and said that he was responsible only for "trying to a hide a body," the statement said. Police stopped Williams and girlfriend Kathy L. Gray, 41, of Ellicott City in a pickup truck March 6, 2004, with a freezer in the back containing Hughes' body.

- Melissa Harris


Girl, 14, in critical condition after being struck on U.S. 1

A 14-year-old girl hit by a car early Sunday as she was walking north on U.S. 1 in Jessup was in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday, Howard County police said.

The girl, whose name was not released, was leaving a party on Hicks Road at 12:08 a.m. when she was hit by a car driven by Lois Larue Gulley, 64, of the 1000 block of Elm Ridge Ave. in Arbutus, police said.

State police flew the girl to Shock Trauma.

Police said pedestrian error was a factor in the accident.

- Melissa Harris


State officers empowered to carry concealed weapons

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., flanked by police officers from several agencies, announced yesterday that the state has implemented a system that will allow current and retired officers to carry concealed firearms.

A federal bill that President Bush signed into law last year empowers officers and retired officers to carry concealed weapons. The states are responsible for establishing criteria for participation.

To qualify, retired officers must meet certain requirements, including undergoing training and taking a weapons tests.

Under the state system announced yesterday at the city Fraternal Order of Police lodge, retired officers can return to their former agency or go to the Maryland State Police to present their qualifications and receive a carrying card.

Representatives from several organizations, including the national Fraternal Order of Police, Maryland Transportation Authority Police, state police and city police attended the morning ceremony.

Ehrlich, whose grandfather was a city police officer, said the bill will help make people and communities safer because they can more easily be protected by off-duty and retired officers.

- Ryan Davis


Police seek man who stole taxi after threatening driver

Baltimore County police are seeking help finding a man who used a stun gun to steal a taxi cab in the 5900 block of Franklin Ave. in the Woodlawn area.

While riding in the cab on Thursday, the man threatened the driver with a stun gun, dragged the driver from the car, took the driver's cell phone and drove away. The cab struck four parked cars before the man fled on foot, police said.

Police said the thief was black, 25 to 32 years old, 5-feet-11-inches tall and 180 pounds. He was wearing a tan jacket, white shirt, tan pants and red bandanna.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7- LOCKUP. Callers can remain anonymous.

- Jonathan D. Rockoff


Pratt library is presenting 2 jazz shows, one this week

The Enoch Pratt Free Library is presenting two evenings of jazz to celebrate African-American Music Month.

Tamm E. Hunt will perform Thursday at the central library, 400 Cathedral St., starting at 6:30 p.m. Hunt is an internationally known jazz vocalist, songwriter and educator who has performed with Gary Bartz, James Carter and Wynton Marsalis.

Disc jockey Larry McCoy will do a show June 23 at the library's Light Street branch, 1251 Light St. He will showcase Baltimore musicians as he gives a history of gospel, blues, jazz and rock music.

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