City police identify teen who was slain Thursday

The Baltimore Sun

A teenager fatally shot Thursday afternoon in West Baltimore was identified yesterday as 15-year-old Ishmael Cooper, city police said.

Cooper, of the 1400 block of Riggs Ave., was shot about 2 p.m. outside his rowhouse, a few blocks from the Western District police station. He died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Police said yesterday they know of no motive and had not made any arrests.

He was the city's 201st homicide victim of the year.

Three other people were shot in the city yesterday.

About 5 a.m. in Northwest Baltimore, police said a male juvenile was shot in the back while standing in the 4100 block of Garrison Blvd. and was taken to Sinai Hospital for treatment.

About 2:30 a.m., police said they responded to the 900 block of Rosedale Ave. in Southwest Baltimore and found a man shot in the head. And about 1:40 a.m., police said a man was found shot twice at Sinclair Lane and Frankford Avenue in Northeast Baltimore.

Police said that none of the three victims suffered life-threatening injuries.

No arrests had been made.


: Vehicle fire

Incident closes I-95 near tunnel

A Dunbar armored vehicle caught fire yesterday morning on southbound Interstate 95 after exiting the Fort McHenry Tunnel, forcing authorities to shut down lanes in all directions and snarling the morning commute, the Maryland Transportation Authority Police said.

The incident occurred about 6:15 a.m., and the tunnel reopened by 7:30 a.m. No injuries were reported.


Old electronics accepted today

A residential recycling collection is set from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Montgomery Park. The program - sponsored by the Maryland Department of the Environment, WeRecycle! Inc. and Hewlett-Packard - will allow residents to recycle used computers, monitors, printers, VCRs, scanners, copiers, fax machines, DVD players and digital phones, regardless of manufacturer. Information: and www.mde.state.


Md. schools official to address branch

The president of the state school board is expected to discuss education issues at Tuesday's meeting of the Baltimore City branch of the NAACP. Dunbar Brooks, who is also a past president of the Baltimore County school board, will also talk about the High School Assessment test results that are expected to be released Tuesday. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Union Baptist Church, 1219 Druid Hill Ave. Information: 410-366-3300.

Harford County

: Fraud alert

Police warn of telephone scheme

Harford County law enforcement agencies are investigating a telephone scheme in which a man posing as a police officer asks for credit card numbers from local businesses.

Dianne's Family Diner at the 1500 block of Pulaski Highway in Havre de Grace and the Carsins Run Store at the 3500 block of Churchville Road in Aberdeen received a telephone call this week from a man who claimed to be a police officer investigating a credit card theft, authorities said. The caller asked that credit card numbers from a previous transaction be read to him to confirm that the card had been used, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

Businesses are cautioned not to give credit card information over the phone.

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