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Car strikes, injures 5; 19-year-old arrested

A 19-year-old lost control of a stolen car and injured five pedestrians yesterday afternoon in Southwest Baltimore, authorities said.

The officers were responding to a report of an armed person at a nearby intersection when they were spotted by the driver, who lost control of the stolen Buick Century about 12:30 p.m. It hit a father and his two children on a sidewalk, then hit and severed a 3-foot traffic control device, which shot through the air and hit two other men, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman.

The driver tried to flee the car but was captured by police. Frank Goodman of the 400 block of S. Gilmor St. faces multiple charges, Moses said.

According to District Court records, Goodman is on probation from a conviction a year ago for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

The pedestrians were treated at area hospitals for serious injuries that were not life-threatening, Moses said.

- Laura Cadiz


Man found shot to death sitting in front seat of car

An unidentified man was shot dead last night while seated in a car in Baltimore's Better Waverly neighborhood, city police said.

Northern District officers responding to a 911 call reporting a man shot about 6:45 p.m. found the victim slumped in the front passenger seat of a red Ford Taurus in the 800 block of E. 30th St. He was bleeding from at least one gunshot wound to the upper body, said homicide Detective Richard Purtell.

The victim, believed to be in his late teens or early 20s, died at 7:20 p.m. at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Purtell said. "We have no witnesses, no suspect or a motive," he said.

Anyone with information was urged to call the detective at 410-396-2100.

- Richard Irwin


Police locate driver in fatal crash on I-895

A 67-year-old woman was at the wheel of the car that fatally struck an unidentified male pedestrian Saturday on Interstate 895, but no charges have been lodged, a Maryland Transportation Authority Police spokeswoman said yesterday.

The driver - whose name was not divulged - was found Saturday night based on information resulting from a television news account of the incident, and police and the state's attorney's office will decide whether to file charges against her, said spokeswoman Kelly Melhem.

The car, a copper-colored 1996 Toyota Camry with Maryland tags, was located and photographed, she said.

Police are still looking for witnesses to the incident, which happened about 5:30 a.m. Saturday on northbound Interstate 895 near the entrance ramp from Potee Street in Brooklyn. Anyone with information was asked to call police at 410-537-1200.

- Laura Cadiz


Associate recreation director leaves for job in Washington

Three months after the resignation of the city's director of recreation and parks, the head of the recreation division has left - following her former boss to a similar position with the District of Columbia government.

Roslyn Johnson worked her last day here Wednesday, city officials said. As associate director of recreation, Johnson oversaw the city's 46 recreation centers as well as programs for the elderly and children. She had worked almost three years in the department - much of the time under former director Kimberley A. Flowers, who left in May to become the director of Washington's parks and recreation.

Since then, Connie A. Brown has been acting director. Portia Harris, a division chief within the Department of Recreation and Parks, will take over Johnson's responsibilities as the acting associate director.

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