Annapolis city attorney recertified to practice
Annapolis' acting city attorney has been recertified to practice law in the state, after what he described as an oversight left him uncertified for the past two years. Stephen Kling, who began serving as the acting city attorney in October, was recertified Monday, according to Angelita Plemmer, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Judiciary. Kling did not respond to a call requesting comment. Kling's appointment came after Gov. Martin O'Malley appointed former City Attorney Shaem C. Spencer to a judgeship in District Court. Kling lost his certification in 2006, after failing to file paperwork with the Administrative Office of the Courts documenting his pro bono work. Kling said last week that he was unaware he had lost his certification. Lawyers who do not file the report can be decertified - or have their right to practice in Maryland revoked.
Man dies after shooting in East Baltimore
An East Baltimore man died last night at Johns Hopkins Hospital less than two hours after he was shot near his home, police said. No arrests had been made. Officer Nicole Monroe, a Police Department spokeswoman, said Ronald Comer Hall, 46, of the 1700 block of N. Broadway was walking about 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of Broadway and East Lanvale Street when, according to witnesses, he was approached by two men, one armed with a handgun. Monroe said Hall was seen turning to flee when he was shot at least once in the chest. Hall was found lying in the street by Eastern District police responding to a report of the shooting. Hall was taken to nearby Hopkins, where he underwent emergency surgery, but he died shortly after 8 p.m., Monroe said. Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888 is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and an indictment in the killing.
5 Ellicott City men indicted in Pizza Hut holdup
A grand jury indicted five Howard County men yesterday who are accused of robbing a Pizza Hut restaurant in the 12200 block of Clarksville Pike on Nov. 30 and forcing employees into a freezer at gunpoint. The men, all Ellicott City residents, were indicted on several charges, including armed robbery, first-degree assault and weapons violations. They are Tulio Enrique Canassandoval, 18; Pablo Perez-Ramos, 30; Jose Fidel Lopez, 33; Hugo Ernesto Perez, 30; and Adan Perez-Ramos, 27. All were all being held on $500,000 bond, except Perez, whose bond was set at $200,000.
Man sought in shooting outside Wheaton mall
Montgomery County police were seeking a gunman who shot another man on the parking lot at Westfield Mall in Wheaton yesterday evening, police said. No arrests had been made. The victim was taken to a hospital, but his condition was not available. About 5 p.m., members of two rival gangs were talking to each other on the mall's parking lot outside Macy's department store, according to police, when one member pulled out a handgun and shot the victim. Police said the gunman then fled into Macy's and fired a shot at a police officer. Neither the officer nor any shoppers in the crowded store were hit. The officer apparently did not return fire.