Baltimorean convicted in death of youth
The first of two Baltimore men accused in the killing of Ronny Martin, 16, on New Year's Day last year has been convicted of second-degree murder and possession of a deadly weapon, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore state's attorney's office said last night.
The jury deliberated for 4 1/2 hours before returning the verdict on Michael McFadden at 7:45 p.m., said spokeswoman Margaret T. Burns.
McFadden, 18, could receive a sentence of up to 30 years on the murder conviction and a term of up to three years on the weapons conviction, Burns said. McFadden was described in court documents as the driver of the getaway vehicle from the Southwest Baltimore crime, according to news reports.
Baltimore Circuit Judge Allen L. Schwait decided Monday to try McFadden separately from Robert Louis Dixon, who witnesses said fired the weapon.
Liz F. Kay
Unidentified body found near Cylburn
The body of an unidentified man who had been shot was found yesterday morning near the Cylburn Arboretum in Northwest Baltimore, a police spokesman said.
Officer Troy Harris said the body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy and possible identification through fingerprints.
Harris said a man was walking in the 2300 block of Cylburn Avenue near Greenspring Avenue about 5:45 a.m. when he saw the body lying on an embankment near the entrance of the arboretum.
Medics pronounced the man dead at the scene.
Harris said it was not known if the man was shot at the site or if he was killed elsewhere and his body dumped near the arboretum.
Harris said the man's death brought to 152 the number of homicides in the city this year, compared with 133 at the same time in 2006.
Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the slaying.
Gas station robbers hunted
Anne Arundel County police are searching for two men who robbed an Edgewater gas station last week.
Police said the holdup occurred about 7:45 p.m. June 20 when two men, one carrying a handgun, walked into a Shell station in the 3000 block of Solomons Island Road, took the cash drawer and ran away.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective John Poole of the Anne Arundel County Police Department's robbery unit at 410-222-3475 or 410-222-3566.
Glitch cuts TV show from City Dock
Because of a technical glitch, nearly half of a cable network's TV morning show broadcast live yesterday from Annapolis City Dock was unavailable to local viewers.
Comcast Cable lost service in the Annapolis area because of a cut in its cable fiber, preventing local viewers from watching CN8's Your Morning show devoted to Annapolis.
The show aired from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., and crews were able to restore service by about 8:15 a.m., according to a statement released later by Comcast.
The show, which Comcast said reaches 9 million viewers from Maine to Virginia, will be rebroadcast in its entirety to the Annapolis region from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday on CN8.