Bill requiring cameras at shopping malls pulled
A bill before the Anne Arundel County Council that would require shopping centers of 15 or more stores to set up outdoor security cameras was withdrawn by its sponsor last night.
Several council members said they generally accept the concept of requiring some shopping centers to use outdoor security cameras, but they and representatives of area business interests said the bill proposed by C. Edward Middlebrooks, a Severn Republican, needed amending so that it would not place an undue financial burden on smaller retailers.
A similar measure passed in Baltimore County in March after the fatal shooting of a private school educator at a parking lot at Towson Town Center. Now law there, it provides financial aid to some businesses to install cameras.
Middlebrooks' measure would have provided no such assistance. He said he would propose a revised version by fall. He plans to visit Baltimore County officials during the summer to talk about similar issues they encountered in passing their bill.
"By fall, we hope to redraft something that will accomplish those goals," he said.
Some of his colleagues have recommended that requiring cameras should be based on parking spaces or the size of parking lots. Other concerns centered around the quality of the surveillance equipment and whether video tapes would be easily accessible to police.
- Phillip McGowan
Mother, daughter charged in stabbing of two women
A mother and daughter have been charged in the stabbings of two other women at the suspects' home early Sunday morning, Annapolis police said yesterday.
Police have charged Cheryl Harrison, 46, of the 1800 block of Bowman Court with attempted murder. She is accused of stabbing Nichole Clark in the back several times, police said. Clark was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and was in serious condition yesterday evening.
Harrison's daughter Felicia, 17, was charged with aggravated assault in the stabbing of Clark's cousin, Denai Harris, in the chest and elbow, police said. Harris was treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center and released.
- Annie Linskey
Naval Academy alumnus, 35, drowns in Severn River
A Naval Academy graduate drowned over the weekend after he and his wife slipped underwater while wading in the Severn River near Annapolis, police reported yesterday.
Navy Ensign Scott A. Miller, 35, of Nashville, Tenn., and his wife, Sheila, began yelling for help Saturday night in the waters off Horn Point in Eastport, Maryland Natural Resources Police said.
Police said an Annapolis man in a sailboat used a dinghy to pull the man from the water, and that two other men ran from shore and rescued Sheila Miller.
Paramedics performed CPR on Scott Miller, but he was pronounced dead at Anne Arundel Medical Center, police said. Sheila Miller, 27, was treated and released. Police have ruled Scott Miller's death an accidental drowning.
James Fitzmaurice of Pasadena, a nurse by training who helped rescue Sheila Miller, said he was watching the couple from a beach behind his sister's home when he heard the pair's calls for help. He swam to save them.
Scott Miller was unresponsive, but Fitzmaurice helped guide Sheila Miller to the beach. She was hysterical, he said, yelling, "Is my husband OK?" and "I can't swim," recalled Fitzmaurice.
Scott Miller graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1995. He was in the U.S. Naval Reserves and was visiting Annapolis before starting a medical residency at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. He was scheduled to start work yesterday.
- Annie Linskey
14-year-old indicted as adult in May 31 stabbing of girl
A 14-year-old South Baltimore girl accused of stabbing a 15-year-old girl last month was indicted yesterday on adult charges of attempted first-degree murder.
Keyona D. Dillon of the 900 block of Stoll St. also is charged in Baltimore Circuit Court with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and carrying a dangerous weapon.
Charging documents accuse Dillon of stabbing Shatina Quinn, 15, in the chest, lacerating her heart. The attack occurred about 3 p.m. May 31 in the 3800 block of St. Margaret St. near Benjamin Franklin Middle School.
Police said the attacker waved a kitchen knife in Quinn's face and yelled, "Who wants to fight me?"
- Julie Bykowicz
Republicans seek applicants to replace Boutin in Assembly
The Harford County Republican Central Committee is seeking applicants interested in replacing Del. Charles R. Boutin, who is leaving the General Assembly to take a job with the Maryland Public Service Commission.
Boutin was elected in 1998 and represents District 34A, which includes parts of Harford and Cecil counties.
Interested parties should send a resume and cover letter to the committee at P.O. Box 289, Bel Air 21014. Letters must be dated no later than Monday.
The committee will begin conducting interviews July 11. A site for the interviews has not been determined.
Man found shot dead at tennis court in park
An unidentified man was found fatally shot in the head Sunday night at a Northwest Baltimore park, police said yesterday.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene - a tennis court at Hanlon Park off the 2700 block of N. Longwood St., said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman.
Homicide detectives also are investigating the slaying of another unidentified man whose decomposed body was found Sunday afternoon in a vacant West Baltimore rowhouse. An autopsy yesterday indicated the man had been shot at least four times in the upper body and had been dead for a lengthy period, said Detective Donny Moses, a police spokesman.
Officers investigating a report of a foul odor at a house in the 2700 block of W. North Ave. said the source proved to be a dead animal - but in checking other rooms, they found the man's body on the second floor, Moses said.
Also yesterday, police identified Rodney Dickerson, 42, as the man who was fatally stabbed Saturday evening at a dinner for the homeless and needy in the basement dining room of historic Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church.
Dickerson was among nearly 150 people having dinner in the Carpenter's Kitchen of the church when he was stabbed in the chest during a fight with another man about 5 p.m. He died a short time later at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
No arrest had been made in any of the slayings.
- Richard Irwin and Ryan Davis
Boy, 4, dies after being hit in the chest with a baseball
A 4-year-old boy died after being hit by a baseball at a game on Father's Day, Baltimore County officials said yesterday.
The boy's father and another man were practicing pitches before an adults' game Sunday at Orchard Hills Park in Lutherville when the boy was hit in the chest with a ball, said Robert J. Barrett, director of the county's Department of Recreation and Parks.
Police said that a 911 call came in at 3:36 p.m. Sunday. The boy was taken to Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson, where he was pronounced dead, said Baltimore County Police Cpl. George Erhardt.
Investigators determined the boy's death was an accident, Erhardt said.
Barrett stressed the importance of safety equipment and being aware of surroundings at sporting events, but he added, "It could happen in any spectator sport."
Officials did not provide the boy's name.
The boy's death is the first of its kind from an accident at a county park facility, Barrett said. The league has about 200 participants and is the only one for men older than 30, he said.