Two killed over weekend in separate shootings
Baltimore City police reported two fatal shootings over the weekend. Names of the victims were being withheld pending notification of family members. No arrests had been made. Shortly before midnight Saturday, Northern District police responded to a report of a man shot in the 2400 block of Loyola Southway in the Greenspring community and found the victim bleeding from a gunshot wound to the head. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. About 1 a.m. Saturday, in the Broadway East section of East Baltimore, a man was shot in the head in the 1800 block of N. Regester St. and was pronounced dead at the scene by Fire Department medics. Police said the Loyola Southway shooting occurred within a few blocks of a fatal shooting of a man Oct. 23 in the 2300 block of Oswego Ave., also in the Greenspring community, but that there was no evidence to connect the slayings. The name of that victim has not been released.
Naval Academy to present midshipmen's parade
The Naval Academy Brigade of Midshipmen will present a formal dress parade at 4 p.m., Friday at Worden Field on the grounds of the Annapolis military college. The event is free and open to the public. Visitors may enter through Gate 1 (King George Street) and Gate 3 (Maryland Avenue), and must have a valid photo ID. Secretary of the Navy Donald C. Winter will review the parade. Information: www.usna.edu.
Cumberland men charged with baiting a black bear
LONACONING: Two Cumberland men have been charged with baiting a black bear while they were hunting on private property on Dan's Mountain near Lonaconing in Western Maryland, according to the Maryland Natural Resources Police. Robert Murray Weatherholt, 55, and Robert James Weatherholt, 23, both of Cumberland, were charged last week with hunting black bear by baiting them with doughnuts and shelled corn. It is illegal to hunt black bears with bait. The maximum penalty for baiting is $1,500.
Andrea K. Walker
Motorist, 35, shot on Prince George's road
BELTSVILLE: A 35-year-old Laurel man was shot while driving on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in Prince George's County early yesterday, U.S. Park Police said. Jude Ngu was traveling on the parkway just south of Route 197 at 4:11 a.m. when a person in another vehicle shot into Ngu's vehicle, Park Police Sgt. Robert Lachance said. Ngu pulled off the road and called police. He was taken to Prince George's Hospital Center with injuries that were not life-threatening. Lachance said the victim was unable to give a clear description of his attacker or the vehicle the gunman was in. It was also unknown whether the shooter was driving or whether there were other people in the car. Police knew of no motive for the shooting. The northbound lanes of the parkway were closed until shortly after 9 a.m. yesterday. Anyone with information is asked to call the Park Police criminal investigations branch at 202-610-8737.
Andrea K. Walker
Pines appointed chairman of UM engineering school
COLLEGE PARK: Darryll J. Pines, chairman of the department of aerospace engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, has been appointed dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the university, the school announced last week. A member of the University of Maryland faculty since 1995, Pines took a leave of absence from 2003 to 2006 to serve as program manager for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. While there, his work on five aerospace technology programs garnered him a Distinguished Service Medal. Pines earned a master's degree and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992 and 1988. Pines' appointment as dean will take effect Jan. 5.
Mobile camper overturns on I-695 in Arbutus
A 31-foot-long mobile camper overturned on the outer loop of Interstate 695 near Wilkins Avenue in Arbutus around 6 p.m. yesterday, briefly tying up traffic, according to the Maryland State Police. The structure was being hauled by a sport utility vehicle, police said. Police are not sure what caused the camper to topple over. No one was injured, police said.
Man pleads guilty to selling dangerous snakes
A Windsor Mill man pleaded guilty last week to selling a dangerous animal and possession of a timber rattlesnake after police caught him trying to sell exotic snakes, Maryland Natural Resources Police said. Steve E. Clagett, 47, was charged July 30 after police received a tip from a civilian, police said. Authorities found 10 copperhead snakes, four Eastern hognosed snakes and one timber rattlesnake in his possession. Claggett was fined $1,500 plus court costs as part of his plea.
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Frederick sheriff identifies man killed by deputy
FREDERICK : The Frederick County Sheriff's Office has identified the man shot and killed by a deputy Friday as Warren Watkins, 40. The deputy, Cpl. Brett Etzler, is on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated. Etzler, 38, has been with the sheriff's office for 12 years. Authorities say Watkins was shot after he lunged at state troopers with a pair of scissors. He was suspected of stealing a necklace worth more than $500 from the Kay Jewelers store inside the Francis Scott Key Mall. Police pursued him, leading to the confrontation. Sheriff Chuck Jenkins said more than one shot was fired, but he did not know how many times Watkins was hit. He was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital where he died.
Ex-boyfriend suspected in Hagerstown shooting
HAGERSTOWN: Police say a double shooting Friday stemmed from a domestic dispute. The alleged gunman, 38-year-old Kevin Franklin of Hagerstown, remained at large as of Saturday night. Police said that Franklin shot his ex-girlfriend, Amanda Turner, and her boyfriend, 36-year-old Larry Boyce. Boyce was killed, and police say Franklin forced Turner into his car and drove her to Washington County Hospital before fleeing. Court records show Franklin was convicted of stalking Turner in May 2004 and sentenced to two years in jail. In 1998, Turner was awarded custody of a child she had by Franklin. He was ordered to pay child support. Police say Franklin has ties to the Frederick and Cumberland areas and that they are working with other agencies to track him down.
Weekend fire destroys barn in Laytonsville
LAYTONSVILLE : Montgomery County authorities say fire destroyed a barn in Laytonsville, causing about $1 million damage. About 75 firefighters battled the blaze Saturday afternoon.