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Man fatally wounded on lot near nightclub

A 25-year-old man was fatally shot in the head and another man wounded on a downtown parking lot early yesterday as a crowd was leaving a nearby nightclub.

Wayne Matthews Jr. of the 2800 block of Carver Road in Cherry Hill was found lying between two parked cars near Club One in the 300 block of Guilford Ave. about 1:50 a.m., police said.

It is not known whether Matthews had been in the club before he was shot. He was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital at 2:27 a.m., police said.

The other man, a 26-year-old from the Pimlico area whose name was withheld because he is a potential witness, was shot in the face. He was in serious condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

Also yesterday, police said they arrested the boyfriend of a woman found strangled May 28 in her Remington apartment. He was charged with first-degree murder.

Thomas Ryan, 28, was arrested yesterday morning in the bedroom of his home in the 900 block of Tyson St. by members of the Regional Warrant Apprehension Task Force on a warrant charging him in the death of Anuradha Ranasany, 25, of the 300 block of W. 31st St., police said.

Brent Jones and Richard Irwin

Three injured when car slams into parked van

A vehicle collided with a van in Northwest Baltimore on Sunday night in a hit-and-run accident that sent three of the van's five occupants to Sinai Hospital, city police said.

All were released after treatment, police said yesterday.

Police had no description of the car or its driver, who left the scene of the 9:30 p.m. accident at Reisterstown Road and Wylie Avenue. Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call the Northwestern District at 410-396-2466.

$5,000 in copper materials stolen from Carroll firms

Two Carroll County companies reported that more than $5,000 worth of copper materials were stolen yesterday, authorities said.

About $4,900 worth of copper sheeting was stolen about 6 a.m. from Architectural Fabrication and Installation Inc. in the 2000 block of Hanover Pike in Hampstead, police said. About $600 worth of copper was taken at an undetermined time from Utility Lines and Construction in the 3400 block of Baltimore Blvd. in Westminster.

Such thefts have been on the rise since the price of copper rose earlier this year, police said.

Laura McCandlish

Log cabin vandalized at Carroll nature center

A log cabin at the Hashawha Environmental Center in Carroll County was vandalized over the weekend and artifacts inside sprayed with a fire extinguisher, causing several hundred dollars' worth of damage, according to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.

Teachers at the center found the front door broken open and discovered the damage Sunday, police said. No suspects had been identified.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact Sgt. Pat Fisher at 410-386-2900 or at pfisher@

Laura McCandlish

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