Baltimore County Digest


Murder charges refiled in student's 2004 death

Three Baltimore County men have been charged again with first-degree murder in the killing of a 16-year-old Milford Mill Academy student in 2004, county police said yesterday.

Sean Raynard Mosley, 20, of the 2500 block of Barnesley Place; Devin Ross Handy, 22, of the 4700 block of Windsor Mill Road; and Michael Anthony Hawkins, 22, of the first block of Deveraux Court, all of Woodlawn, were indicted this week in the fatal shooting of Renard Jawon Graves on April 11, 2004, police said.

The three men were initially charged in Graves' killing in April 2005, but charges were later dropped, authorities said. Police obtained additional information, and the three were indicted Monday.

Graves, who lived in the 8300 block of Mindale Circle in Woodlawn, was found by police in the 3500 block of N. Rolling Road about 11:30 p.m. Easter Sunday. He had suffered multiple gunshot wounds, police said.

The three men are awaiting trial in the Baltimore County Detention Center after being denied bail.

Middle River

Boy, 15, charged in teen's killing

A 15-year-old has been charged in the fatal shooting in Middle River of a 16-year-old, county police said.

Kelly Jerome Franklin, 15, has been charged with the first-degree murder of Vernell Streams, 16, of the 2200 block of Southorn Road, police said.

According to police, Streams was standing near the intersection of Kingston and Kingsway roads in Middle River about 2:40 p.m. Thursday when he was shot at least once, police said.

Streams was shot after a confrontation with Franklin, police said.

Franklin was denied bail and is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending a bail review hearing on Monday, police said.

Nick Shields

Portion of Compass Road closed

A section of road in Middle River will be closed for about two months, county public works officials announced.

Compass Road will be closed between Middle River Road and Maple Crest Drive to allow contractors to rebuild that section as part of an area development project, the officials said. Traffic will be detoured via Middle River Road to Bird River Road and Maple Crest Drive.

Compass Road is expected to reopen Aug. 11.


Man charged with tax fraud

A Parkville man has been charged with filing fraudulent tax returns, the attorney general's office said yesterday.

John Thomas Chalk Jr., 45, of Luddy Court, was indicted by a Baltimore County grand jury on 10 counts of felony theft, 18 counts of identify fraud and two counts of willfully filing false tax returns, the attorney general's office said. Chalk is accused of stealing more than $78,000 in tax refunds by filing 12 fraudulent Maryland tax returns using five different Social Security numbers, according to the attorney general's office.

Felony theft carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a $25,000 fine, and willfully filing a false income tax return is a misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, the attorney general's office said.


Funds OK'd for Irvine relocation

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved $100,000 in spending for the relocation and expansion of the Irvine Nature Center, Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin announced.

Irvine, the only private, nonprofit nature center in the area, has been housed at St. Timothy's School in Stevenson for 31 years. In 2000, the state gave Irvine 116 acres in the Caves Valley area for a new $10.5 million center, which is to be built along Garrison Forest Road.

Last month, the state Board of Public Works approved a $200,000 grant for the planning and design of the new facility, to be in Owings Mills.

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