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Police arrest boy, 17, in Annapolis killing

An Annapolis teenager has been arrested in the fatal shooting last month of another youth in a public housing community in Annapolis, police said yesterday.

Tyron Montray McGowan, of the 1400 block of Tyler Ave. in Robinwood, was charged yesterday with first- and second-degree murder, two counts of assault, reckless endangerment and two handgun violations in the March 16 death of Kwame Travon Johnson, 17.

It was the first arrest in the five homicides so far this year in the state capital; last year, the city set a record of eight murders.

Officer Hal Dalton, a police spokesman, said several witnesses identified McGowan as the shooter.

"[McGowan] was actively seen in the act of shooting him," Dalton said. "There were a number of people in the area and they came forward."

Police said they arrested McGowan in an upstairs bedroom in his home Wednesday night. Once he was at the police station, police say, McGowan admitted shooting Johnson on a sidewalk in Robinwood.

McGowan and Johnson, who lived on the 2000 block of Forest Drive, knew each other and might be distantly related, and had "apparently some kind of ongoing dispute," Dalton said.

McGowan was last on the school system's records in the 2004-2005 school year, when he was enrolled at J. Albert Adams Academy, an alternative school in Annapolis for students with persistent behavior problems, said Bob Mosier, an Anne Arundel County schools spokesman.

McGowan was being held yesterday without bail in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center.

Johnson was killed in the 1300 block of Tyler Ave., the same block where another man was shot to death in his car in February.

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Woman's term on hold

An Elkton woman charged in a hit-and-run accident that killed a Maryland Transportation Authority officer has received a stay of sentence in a separate Harford County case.

Harford State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly said yesterday that the defense attorney for Kerri J. King, 35, was granted a stay of her one-year jail sentence by Judge William O. Carr, chief judge of the Harford Circuit Court. The sentence for driving on a suspended license. had been handed down in District Court.

Cassilly said the stay was granted without a state's attorney being present. A hearing on whether the state's attorney was given the opportunity to object is scheduled in District Court on Tuesday.

Since January, King has been at the Baltimore detention center after being identified as a person of interest in connection with the fatal hit-and-run on New Year's Eve. Last week, she was indicted in connection with that case. She was to receive credit for the time spent in the Baltimore jail for her Harford County sentence.

Cassilly questioned the actions of her defense attorney, Brian Cunningham, and said, "She could've been serving her sentence while sitting in jail in Baltimore City."

Cunningham, a former law clerk for Carr, did not return a call seeking comment.

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Man guilty of holdups

A 55-year-old man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to robbing at gunpoint six bank branches, some more than once, during a two-year period that began in August 2005, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office.

Marvin Duckett faces a maximum 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on June. 9. Prosecutors said the robberies spanned from Aug. 23, 2005, through Sept. 7, 2007, with a nine-month break when the suspect was in prison in Baltimore County for stealing a car.

Authorities said Duckett was arrested in the bank robberies in November of last year and linked to them through fingerprints, handwriting analysis of demand notes and bank surveillance cameras. In total, prosecutors said Duckett got about $20,000 from 10 holdups.

Prosecutors said the demand notes were similar. In the July 13, 2007, holdup at a Wachovia Bank on Sinclair Lane, Duckett got $2,000 from the teller, prosecutors said.

Boy, 14, stabbed in school

A 15-year-old boy is accused of stabbing a 14-year-old boy in the neck and back with a pair of scissors yesterday during an altercation in a Baltimore middle school, according to a school system spokeswoman.

The younger boy was taken to Sinai Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the spokeswoman, Vanessa Pyatt. He was expected to have been released last night, she said.

The accused was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center, Pyatt said.

Pyatt said the stabbing occurred about 2 p.m. in a first-floor hallway at William H. Lemmel Middle School in the 2800 block of N. Dukeland St. in West Baltimore.

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