Carroll County: Mount Airy

Speeding suspected in fatal accident


A Mount Airy woman was killed near her home in a three-car accident on Route 27 that was caused by at least one speeding vehicle, state police said yesterday.

Flora M. Snowden, 63, of the 13000 block of Prospect Road died shortly after the crash Saturday afternoon. She was a passenger in a Ford Focus driven by her former husband, Reginald W. Snowden, 67, of Frederick, who was being treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday, police said.


Police said a northbound Ford Mustang driven by Timothy A. Short, 46, of the 6700 block of Runkles Road in Mount Airy sideswiped a Honda CR-V driven by Rhiannon M. Everett, 16, of Woodbine and then struck the southbound Focus head-on. Witnesses told police that the Mustang might have been involved in a race with a green Ford Mustang.

Short and Everett declined medical treatment.

Anyone with information should call Sgt. Brian Pearre at the Westminster state police barracks, 410-386-3000.

Baltimore County: Essex

Man shot by police was Pa. resident

Baltimore County police have released the identity of the Pennsylvania man who was fatally shot by officers Saturday night after he led them on a chase through an Essex neighborhood.

Justin Carl Wilczynski, 21, of Berwick was visiting friends in the area when he got into an argument Saturday evening at the Silver Dome lounge in the 1900 block of Middleborough Road. Police said Wilczynski fled when they arrived, driving along neighborhood streets.

On Alstun Road, he jumped out of his car with the motor running. The car hit a parked vehicle while he walked toward the police officers and fired a handgun at them, police said. Officers fired back and hit Wilczynski, who was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. None of the officers involved was injured, and they were all placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.


Rona Kobell

Owings Mills

Woman's death ruled homicide

An unidentified woman whose body was found Saturday morning in Owings Mills was a homicide victim, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

An autopsy by the state medical examiner's officer determined that the woman - believed to be 25 to 40 years old - had been strangled, police said.

The body was found by two bicyclists riding in the 2500 block of Caves Road, police said.


A detailed description of the woman and any clothing she was wearing, an estimate on how long she might have been dead, and whether it appeared the body had been dumped there were not divulged by police. Anyone with information is asked to call the Franklin Precinct at 410-887-6975.

Richard Irwin

Baltimore: Westport

Fire damages four rowhouses

Baltimore fire officials were investigating a blaze that damaged four rowhouses in Southwest Baltimore yesterday morning. The fire broke out in the 2100 block of Sidney Ave. in the city's Westport neighborhood about 9 a.m. Two of the houses were vacant, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a Fire Department spokesman.

No one was injured, and no one had to be rescued, Cartwright said. Two of the homes sustained heavy fire damage and appeared to be total losses yesterday as firefighters pulled charred pieces of furniture and debris from their back porches. The other two homes sustained damage to the roofs and smoke damage.


Rona Kobell

For the record

Because of incorrect information supplied by Baltimore County police, an article in the Maryland section yesterday included an incorrect spelling of the name of a Pennsylvania man who was fatally shot by police officers Saturday night after he led them on a chase through an Essex neighborhood and, authorities said, fired a handgun at them. The correct spelling is Justin Carl Wylczynski. THE SUN REGRETS THE ERROR