Youth charged in shooting that killed another boy
A 15-year-old boy was arrested yesterday in the fatal shooting of another teenager from his neighborhood, and a key piece of evidence appears to be a letter the suspect is said to have written to the victim explaining that he did not mean to shoot him, according to court records. Derrick Reed, 15, was killed Sept. 23 a few blocks from his East Baltimore home. In charging documents, Detective Napolean McLain wrote that Reed and Dennis Hite had been struggling over a handgun when the weapon discharged and Reed was struck in the abdomen. Witnesses told detectives that Hite admitted struggling with Reed over a handgun, and detectives obtained a letter Hite is said to have written to Reed saying that the shooting was an accident. Hite, of the 1600 block of N. Milton Ave., was taken into custody yesterday and ordered held without bond. He is at least the seventh juvenile charged with a homicide in the city this year.
Playground fire was set intentionally, officials say
A fire that destroyed playground equipment in Severna Park early yesterday was intentionally set, Anne Arundel County fire officials said. About 3:15, a fire broke out in the playground near Chartridge Pool in the 400 block of Retford Drive. Firefighters were able to bring the fire under control in about 10 minutes, but it destroyed benches and a sliding board, causing about $1,000 in damage, Fire Department spokesman Battalion Chief Matthew Tobia said. Officials are asking anyone with more information to call them anonymously at 410-222-TIPS.
Mail fraud admitted in sale of Under Armour stock
A 43-year-old Baltimore man pleaded guilty to mail fraud yesterday in connection with a plot to defraud investors hoping to buy Under Armour stock, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office announced. According to a statement of facts, Ronald Kevin Bowen began contacting potential investors around the country in October 2005, falsely claiming that he had special access to shares because he was dating an Under Armour employee. He later switched the story to say he had shares available from other investors. Over the next five months, Bowen fraudulently collected more than $230,000 from investors. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and will have to pay back the money he stole.
U.S. sues Md. Sound & Image over 401(k) funds
The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a federal lawsuit against Maryland Sound & Image and the trustees overseeing its 401(k) profit-sharing plan. The agency claims that trustees Walter Hill and Janet Sumner did not deposit employee contributions from the Baltimore business into the plan between January 2003 and December 2006. Representatives of the light and sound company, which counts Oriole Park as a client, could not be reached for comment last night. The suit asks that the trustees be removed as fiduciaries and that all losses be restored.
Carjacking suspect caught after cross-bay chase
Anne Arundel County police say a Silver Spring man led police on a chase through two counties and across the Bay Bridge before jumping off a pier and trying to swim away. It started in Gambrills about 11 p.m. Wednesday, when police say 21-year-old Jamar Gomez pointed a gun at the driver of a Mercedes-Benz and ordered him into the passenger seat, then dropped him off about 30 feet away. Officers put spiked "stop sticks" on the road and punctured two tires, but police say Gomez kept driving across the Bay Bridge into Queen Anne's County. Police say Gomez stopped at the Romancoke Pier and jumped into the Eastern Bay, but officers pulled him to shore.