Columbia man charged in shooting death
A Columbia man has been arrested in the fatal shooting Wednesday night of Tamba K. Nyorkor in the victim's apartment in the Village of Kings Contrivance. Information from witnesses led to the arrest of Evan Marcel Gaines, 18, of the 9800 block of Softwater Way, Howard County police said. After a woman called 91, officers went to the victim's home in the 9700 block of Clock Tower Lane about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and found Nyorkor, 26, dead from a bullet wound. Police said Gaines, whom they believe was acquainted with the victim, has been charged with second-degree murder and a handgun violation and was being held without bail at the county detention center pending a bail review hearing.
Police identify victim in Harford stabbing
A Harford County man who was found stabbed in a yard has been identified as Christopher Adam Fisher, 25, of Edgewood, Havre de Grace police said. Officers were called to the 100 block of Bloomsbury Ave. about 11 p.m. Wednesday to investigate a report of a man lying in a yard. The man, who had a neck wound, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said stabbing was the cause of death.
Columbia man convicted of second-degree rape
A Howard County jury convicted a Columbia man of second-degree rape yesterday, despite his claim that the accuser agreed to have sex in exchange for drugs. Dedrick Tyrone Wilkerson, 18, could be sentenced to 20 years in prison, the Howard County state's attorney's office said. The jury acquitted him of first-degree rape. Wilkerson also was convicted of second-degree assault and false imprisonment. According to prosecutors, Wilkerson met the 23-year-old victim while she was attempting to withdraw cash from an ATM in the Wilde Lake Village Center last October. The two walked to a field between Wilde Lake Middle and High schools. The woman testified that Wilkerson threw her to the ground, choked her until she was unconscious, then raped her. Wilkerson is to be sentenced Jan. 8
Man sentenced in abuse of girlfriend's daughter
A Howard County man was sentenced yesterday to 32 years in prison for sexually abusing his live-in girlfriend's daughter over the course of five years. Ocie L. Black Jr., 49, of Columbia, was convicted in July of one count of sexual child abuse, two counts of second-degree sex offense and two counts of third-degree sex offense. According to prosecutors, Black molested the girl between ages 7 and 12 when she visited her mother on court-ordered weekend visitations. The abuse was reported when the victim was 17, according to charging documents. Her aunt had seen Black's picture on the Maryland Sex Offender Registry and called the victim's grandmother to tell her, according to prosecutors. Black became a registered sex offender after being convicted of sexually abusing another girlfriend's child in 2001. He was also indicted this week in federal court on child pornography charges in a separate case, said Howard County assistant state's attorney Lisa Broten.
Swastikas drawn on doors in Towson U. dormitory
Towson University police were trying to determine yesterday who drew swastikas on message boards on students' dormitory room doors, school officials said. The symbols, which appeared on dry-erase boards in one of the residence halls, were reported by students Wednesday morning, said Jerry Dieringer, director of housing and residence life. "We're trying to both allay concerns as well as keep students informed as to what steps are being taken," Dieringer said. The incident occurred just before the observance of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and follows the arrests this week of three young men in connection with the spray-painting of a swastika and the word "Nazis" at a Pikesville synagogue and at a private high school.
Man charged in beating death of Baltimore soldier
A U.S. soldier has been charged in the beating death of another soldier at a base in Germany. Pvt. Bobby D. Morrissette was charged with involuntary manslaughter, conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, two counts of participation in gang initiation rituals and other offenses, the military said yesterday. The charges relate to the beating death of Sgt. Juwan Johnson of Baltimore on July 4, 2005, in Kaiserslautern. The Army released no further details, but at the trial of others involved in the case, witnesses testified that at least six members of the Gangster Disciples gang beat Johnson during a gang initiation. Morrissette, assigned to the 1st Cargo Transfer Company, 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in Grafenwoehr, was charged Tuesday.