Farm Preservation program may grow by about 200 acres

Carroll County's farm preservation program could grow by nearly 200 acres after commissioners recommended yesterday that farms in Uniontown and Manchester be added to existing agricultural preservation districts.

The landowners can apply for placement in the Critical Farms Program, which permanently safeguards agricultural land from development.

Seventy-four acres on Basehores Mill Road near Uniontown will become part of nearly 9,000 preserved acres in western Carroll, and a 100-acre farm on Maple Grove Road in Manchester is contiguous to several preserved parcels in the northern area of the county.

- Mary Gail Hare


Man assaulted over cigarette dies; death ruled a homicide

A man who was assaulted Tuesday evening in Southwest Baltimore during an argument over the price of a cigarette died the next evening at a local hospital, and his death has been ruled a homicide, city police said.

Milton Johnson, 34, of the 6600 block of Ridgeborne Drive in Rosedale, was standing with his uncle and sister in the 2000 block of W. Pratt St. Tuesday night when a man asked the uncle to sell him a cigarette for 30 cents, said homicide Detective Jack McGrath. When the uncle demanded 35 cents, an argument broke out and the man, for no apparent reason, struck Johnson in the face, causing him to fall and strike his head on the pavement. The man fled.

Johnson refused medical treatment and walked to another sister's nearby home. After his condition worsened, McGrath said, a relative drove him to Bon Secours Hospital.

Johnson was transferred to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died about 7 p.m. Wednesday. An autopsy ruled his death a homicide by beating, McGrath said. Anyone knowing the identity of Johnson's assailant was urged to call McGrath at 410-396-2100.


Teen shot Wednesday night on Lexington Street dies

An 18-year-old man who was shot Wednesday night in West Baltimore died early yesterday, city police said.

The victim was identified as Brian Sampson of the 1100 block of W. Saratoga St. Police said he was shot several times with a handgun about 10:50 p.m. as he walked in the 1100 block of W. Lexington St.

Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman, said Sampson was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead at 2:30 a.m. Harris said investigators do not know of a motive for the killing.

- Justin Fenton

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