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4 die since Saturday in separate incidents

A woman taking photos of houses for investment purposes found Baltimore's latest homicide victim yesterday - a man who had been fatally shot in the Union Square neighborhood, city police reported.

The photographer called 911 on her cell phone after finding the man lying wounded in the 1700 block of Boyd St. about 4:30 p.m., said homicide detective Ron Berger. He was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Police said he was a resident of the area, but withheld his name pending notification of relatives.

The man's death and three other violent deaths since Saturday raised the city's homicide toll for the year to 133 - matching the number for the same period in 2004, police said.

Shortly before midnight Sunday, an unidentified man was shot in the back on a West Baltimore street and died yesterday at Shock Trauma, police said.

Western District officers responding to a report of a larceny in the 800 block of N. Bentalou St. about 11:35 p.m. Sunday found a man who told an ambulance crew he had been shot in the back by an unknown assailant. He died shortly before 2 a.m. yesterday, police said.

And a man severely beaten Friday night by an unknown assailant on a street in East Baltimore died Saturday, police reported.

Charles Harris, 43, of the 4800 block of Carmine Ave. near Leakin Park, was found about 7 p.m. Friday lying in the 800 block of E. Preston St. bleeding from severe head injuries inflicted by an unknown weapon.

Police said Harris - who was on probation until 2006 for burglary and other offenses - died Saturday afternoon at Shock Trauma.

In another slaying, police identified Tanisha Hawkins, 28, of Washington as the woman shot to death early Sunday in the 600 block of Pennsylvania Ave.

Police asked anyone with information about the slayings to call the homicide squad at 410-396-2100.

- Richard Irwin


2 men, 20 and 24, killed in motorcycle accidents

Two men were killed Sunday in separate motorcycle accidents in Baltimore County, police said.

In the first, Daniel Zinkand Jr., 24, of Arbutus, died when his motorcycle skidded into a pickup truck turning onto northbound Washington Boulevard near Woodside Avenue in Halethorpe just after 4:15 p.m, police said.

Zinkand, of the 1800 block of Summit Ave., was thrown from the motorcycle, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the pickup, Donald Brock, 44, of the 1400 block of Kent Ave. in Woodlawn, was not injured, police said.

In the second crash, a 20-year-old Baltimore man died after his motorcycle crashed into a tractor-trailer turning onto Pulaski Highway from Route 43 in White Marsh about 11:30 p.m., police said.

The man, who was not identified pending notification of his family, was apparently traveling at a high rate of speed, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, a 35-year-old man from Red Creek, N.Y., was uninjured, police said.

Both accidents are under investigation.


10-year-old boy loses foot in accident involving train

A 10-year-old boy had a foot severed yesterday when he was struck by a CSX train passing through the Cherry Hill section of South Baltimore, authorities said.

About 6:40 p.m., someone called 911, reporting that a boy either fell from a freight car or was struck by it as it traveled past the 2800 block of Winwood Court.

Medics found the boy lying near the tracks and rushed him to the pediatric intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

A search by police officers and others found the foot near the tracks. It was wrapped it in ice and rushed to the hospital in hopes it could be reattached.

The incident was being investigated by CSX railroad and city police.

--Richard Irwin


Inmate charged with murder in death of city jail cellmate

Jail authorities filed a murder charge against an inmate who is accused of fatally beating his cellmate at the Baltimore City Detention Center last week, charging documents released yesterday show.

Lonnie Edwards, 20, of Baltimore was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lennard Benjamin, 23, who had been detained without bail at the city jail since January on an attempted murder charge.

Edwards had been held on a drug charge, the city state's attorney's office said. Authorities said the men fought in their cell June 21, and a correctional officer found Benjamin lying face down and unresponsive.

Jail authorities initially charged Edwards with attempted murder, but Benjamin died Thursday evening at Johns Hopkins Hospital from blunt-force trauma to the head, charging documents say.

The charge was upgraded to murder the next day, the documents show. Edwards is being held without bail and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 19. He also faces assault charges.

-- Gus G. Sentementes


Man is in critical condition after a shooting at party

A Hyattsville man was in critical condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after being shot at a party early Sunday in Gambrills.

Police said a group of people was involved in a "scuffle" in the 1700 block of Saddle Drive when an unknown person fired a gun, wounding James G. Sidney, 38.

Someone at the party called 911 to report the shooting, police said. Police did not release information about possible suspects or if a motive was known yesterday.

-- Annie Linskey


Early morning blaze destroys two houses, damages a third

Fire investigators are trying to determine the exact cause of a blaze that destroyed two houses and damaged a third early Sunday in the Carols Town Landing community in Glen Burnie. The houses were partially constructed model homes and were unoccupied, a fire official said.

Fire investigators said one of the houses was set on fire and the blaze quickly spread to the other two houses. The houses were in the 100 block of Sanderling Court, in a new 55-and-older community. No damage estimate was available, a fire official said.

Anyone with information about the fires can call the Anne Arundel County fire marshal's tip line at 410-222-TIPS.

-- Annie Linskey


County community college board of trustees to meet

The board of trustees of the Community College of Baltimore County will meet at 5 p.m. tomorrow at the Catonsville campus, 800 S. Rolling Road.

The meeting will be in Building H, Room 309. Those who wish to address the board must sign up by 4:45 p.m. and must limit their comments to two minutes.

Information: 410-285-9980.

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