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Two man fatally shot; city police seek SUV

Two men were fatally shot last night in Baltimore's Upton community, and police were seeking the occupants of a sport utility vehicle in connection with the incident. The victims' names were being withheld pending notification of family members, city police said. Central District police responding to a report of two men shot in the 1400 block of Pennsylvania Ave. near West Lafayette Avenue at 10:36 p.m. found the victims bleeding from bullet wounds. Police said a Buick SUV with at least one window shot out might have been involved. Police said the men were taken by city Fire Department ambulances to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where each died shortly before midnight.

Richard Irwin

18-year-old fatally shot in Southwest Baltimore

An 18-year-old man died of multiple gunshot wounds in Southwest Baltimore early yesterday, city police said. At 12:48 a.m., police found Darius Burton lying on the ground in the 4300 block of Davis Ave. He was pronounced dead at 3:46 a.m. Police knew of no address for the victim. There was no known motive or suspect in the case, police said. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call city homicide detectives at 410-396-2100.

Andrea K. Walker

Three juveniles surrender after Balto. Co. stabbing

Three juveniles surrendered to officials investigating a Saturday night stabbing in northern Baltimore County, police said yesterday. Police responding to a call about a stabbing at the Sportsman Hall roller skating rink in Upperco about 10 p.m. found the victim with a stab wound to the head, said Cpl. Robert Carman. The victim was taken to Carroll Hospital Center and later released. Police did not release names of the victim or suspects because they are minors. The three youths were released to the custody of their parents, police said.

Andrea K. Walker

Police investigate assault, kidnapping in Timonium

Baltimore County police are investigating an armed robbery, kidnapping, sexual assault and carjacking that started at the parking lot of a light rail station in Timonium on Saturday and ended in Baltimore City. County police were contacted by city officers at 2:30 a.m. regarding two girls who were kidnapped at the Timonium fairgrounds light rail station at Deereco and Padonia roads, said Cpl. George Erhardt of the county police. The victims, whose names were not released, were taken by their attackers to the Cherry Hill neighborhood in the city, where they contacted police. Erhardt did not release further details because the investigation is continuing.

Andrea K. Walker

Idea to use inmate labor to cut costs criticized

A suggestion by a state corrections official to use inmate labor to demolish blighted properties in Cumberland prompted criticism by a union official. Secretary Gary D. Maynard of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services suggested the use of inmate labor Friday at a meeting attended by Gov. Martin O'Malley as part of his Capital for a Day visit. Mayor Lee Fiedler told O'Malley that 18 percent of Cumberland properties are blighted and that 14 percent of them are vacant. Maynard said the use of inmate labor would cut demolition costs.

Associated Press

Roland Park to discuss care facility development

The Roland Park Civic League will hold a meeting tomorrow to discuss a proposal to build a $195 million long-term care facility on undeveloped land in Roland Park - a plan that has met strong opposition from the surrounding neighborhood. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Roland Park Elementary School. The Baltimore Country Club voted in July to sell 17 acres of land once used for a golf course in Roland Park to Keswick Multi-Care Center for $12.5 million. The City Council must now approve the plan. Construction is expected to begin in 2010 if approved. Opponents of the development are concerned about the loss of green space. City officials are expected to attend the meeting.

Andrea K. Walker

Harford council to get zoning amendments

Members of the Harford County Council will introduce several amendments to the proposed zoning code rewrite at its legislative session tomorrow. The revamping of the code that will determine land use for the next several years has been nearly two years in the writing and has been the subject of several workshops and public hearings. "There will be amendments," said Councilman Dion F. Guthrie. "You didn't expect it to get through without amendments." Councilman James V. McMahan said he drafted one guaranteeing residents a right to appeal zoning decisions. A proposal on transfer of development rights that would allow agricultural landowners to maintain their farms but sell development rights to builders in the county's established growth areas has emerged as the most contentious issue and is likely to be amended, officials said. The council is expected to vote on the code within the next few weeks. The session begins at 7:30 p.m. in council chambers on Bond Street in Bel Air.

Mary Gail Hare

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