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Man arrested and charged in hit-and-run

County police have arrested a 32-year-old Dundalk man who said someone else was driving his car when it struck and killed a motorcyclist this month.

Shawn Lee Gray of the 2100 block of Jasmine Road was charged with three counts of giving false statements to officers and one count of hindering and obstructing, Cpl. Michael Hill, a police spokesman, said yesterday.

Gray was also charged with eight traffic violations, Hill said.

Gray told police investigating the May 4 crash on Lynch Road that a man he knew only as "Reds" was using his 1997 Dodge Stratus when it hit a motorcycle driven by James Bruce Sasser, 47, of the 2900 block of Sollers Point Road, Hill said. The car's driver ran from the crash scene, police said.

Investigators later determined through witness interviews and other information that Gray had made up the story about "Reds" and had been driving the car himself, Hill said.

Boy, 12, hit by car; investigation open

A 12-year-old boy was struck by a car about 3 p.m. yesterday while crossing White Hall Road in the White Hall community in northern Baltimore County and remains hospitalized, police said. His condition was not available last night.

The boy, whose identity was not available, was flown to Johns Hopkins Children's Center by a police helicopter for treatment of unspecified injuries, said Bill Toohey, a county police spokesman.

The boy was walking back across the 2300 block of White Hall Road near Vernon Road after going to a mailbox near his home when he was struck by an eastbound 1994 Volkswagen stationwagon, said Officer Teresa Lockwood, of the county police crash team.

The driver, a 51-year-old Sun Grove, Pa., man stopped and remained at the scene, said Lockwood. She said there was no evidence the car was speeding and that pedestrian error may have contributed to the accident, which remains under investigation.

Pioneer firefighter to be honored

Jonathan D. Hart will be recognized for his recent promotion to battalion chief in the county Fire Department at a reception at 3:30 p.m. today on the mezzanine level of the old courthouse in Towson.

He is the first African-American to hold the position of battalion chief in the department, officials said. Hart will be in charge of field operations in the second battalion district, from Reisterstown west to Halethorpe and Lansdowne.

The Guardian Knights, the local chapter of the International Association of Black Firefighters, will make Hart the first recipient of an award recognizing those who have advanced the role of minorities in the Fire Department.


Circus fundraiser aids church group

The Kelly Miller Bros. Circus will present two shows, at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. today, at Northminster Presbyterian Church grounds as a fundraiser for the church's youth group.

The church is at 705 Main St. in Reisterstown. Advance tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for children; gate tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children.

Information: 410-833-3815.

Housing hearing set for tomorrow

A hearing on the townhouse development proposed at Reisterstown and Gwynnbrook roads is scheduled for 9 a.m. tomorrow.

The hearing will be in Room 106 of the County Office Building, 111 West Chesapeake Ave. in Towson.

Information: 410-887-3321

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