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Victim slain in shooting is identified

Baltimore County police identified yesterday the victim of a fatal shooting Monday night in Dundalk as Joshua Gibson, 16, of the 7800 block of Meath Road.

Police were called to Church and Searles roads by a passer-by who saw Gibson and thought he had been hit by a vehicle. When officers arrived about 9:30 p.m. and attempted CPR, they found that he had been shot several times. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses told police they had heard several gunshots shortly before the police arrived, and saw a young male fleeing the scene. Police were trying to identify a suspect and motive, and said yesterday they did not know whether the assailant and victim knew each other.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7-LOCKUP.

Countywide

Council pressed on conservation

A half-dozen Baltimore County residents and environmentalists urged County Council members to develop a program to conserve energy use by the government and find other ways to reduce damage to the environment.

"Here in Baltimore County, we can adopt common-sense, sustainable practices that will slow our spiraling [greenhouse gas] emissions," Elizabeth Entwisle, a member of the Baltimore County Climate Coalition, testified during the council work session yesterday.

The council is considering a resolution that would direct county agencies and the Planning Board to develop a countywide "sustainability program."

"It is essentially asking the county to think green as part of its operation and procurement processes," council Chairman Kevin Kamenetz said.

Members of the Baltimore County Advisory Commission for Environmental Quality and other groups that support the resolution also asked the county lawmakers to consider timelines and specific goals for reducing emissions and energy use. A vote on the resolution is scheduled for the council's Feb. 4 legislative session.

The council's next work session has been rescheduled because of the presidential primary election. It will be at 2 p.m. Feb. 13.

Laura Barnhardt

Randallstown

2 men in stolen car arrested after crash

Two men were arrested early yesterday after a fiery crash of a stolen car and a Baltimore County police cruiser - and, police said, after one of the suspects drove off in the car of a person who had pulled over to help.

A county police officer in a marked car on westbound Liberty Road was trying to turn into a police substation at 1:30 a.m. when the car was hit head-on by a stolen vehicle with two occupants, said Cpl. Michael Hill, a police spokesman. The stolen car caught fire, and its occupants fled the vehicle and lay down in the middle of the street, police said.

The officer was helped out of his vehicle by another police officer who witnessed the accident, and as police approached the suspects one fled on foot and jumped into the car of a witness who had left his car unattended to offer help, Hill said. The other suspect, who police said had been driving the stolen, wrecked car, was detained.

The suspect who fled was arrested after residents of the Carriage Hill neighborhood called police to say a man was knocking on doors and asking for medical help.

The officer involved in the crash was taken to Northwest Hospital Center and released. Both suspects suffered minor injuries but were not taken to the hospital, police said. Police did not identify the suspects, who were expected to be charged.

Brent Jones

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