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Two dead, two injured In east-side shootings

Four people were shot yesterday - two fatally - in a pair of double shootings in East Baltimore, city police said. The first incident happened about 5 a.m. at the Forrest Street Apartments in the 1100 block of Orleans St., near Old Town Mall. Police found one deceased man lying in a parking lot several yards from an apartment building. A second man was found fatally shot in a stairwell inside one of the apartment buildings, police said. Detectives did not release the names of the victims yesterday. The homicides were the second and third slayings of 2009, police said. The second double shooting happened about 1 p.m. near East Biddle Street and North Luzerne Avenue. Both men were being treated at area hospitals for injuries that were not life-threatening, said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman. He did not have additional details about the shooting. The shooting at Luzerne Avenue yesterday was the second incident of gun violence on that street since early Jan. 1. At 12:55 a.m. Thursday, a man was shot in the 700 block of N. Luzerne Ave., a half-mile south of yesterday's shooting. He was taken to a hospital and was on life support but was pronounced dead yesterday. His name was not released.

Gus G. Sentementes

Burglar breaks in, robs Annapolis bank's ATM

Anne Arundel police are investigating after a burglar broke into an Annapolis bank and stole money from an ATM. About 3 p.m. yesterday, officers were called to PNC Bank at 2568 Riva Road, where they met with the bank's security company representative. The security worker, who had come to the bank to fix the communication link to the ATM, had noticed that the bank was broken into, police said. Police said that a preliminary investigation revealed that someone had cut the telephone wires to the bank and gained access through the rear door overnight. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Southern District detective unit at 410-222-1960.

Harford to appoint acting schools superintendent

Harford schools officials said they expect to appoint an acting superintendent soon to replace Jacqueline C. Haas, who died after a severe asthma attack Tuesday. The school board will meet no earlier than Monday to deliberate on a successor and announce the appointment, said Teri D. Kranefeld, schools spokeswoman. No interviews are planned, she said. "Given that this was so sudden and unexpected, we are seeking someone in the system who knows the system well enough to serve in an acting role until July 1," she said.

Fireworks driven by wind burn man in Conowingo

CONOWINGO: A Conowingo man was hospitalized in fair condition yesterday after New Year's Eve fireworks accident that left him with first- and second-degree burns. Randy W. Irmen, 21, lit an aerial shell in a mortar tube in the backyard of his home in the 11000 block of Rock Springs Road about 8:40 p.m., said state Deputy Fire Marshal Joseph G. Zurolo Jr. High winds blew the shell toward him, igniting his clothing and burning his chest and right ear, Zurolo said. Paramedics treated Irmen, who was then taken to the burn unit at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Zurolo said.

Liz F. Kay

Toddler treated for facial burns from candle

ELKTON: A 3-year-old girl has been treated for first- and second-degree burns to her face after a candle set her hair on fire, the state fire marshal's office said yesterday. The child had climbed on top of a kitchen table in an Elkton apartment to look into a burning scented candle about 10:20 p.m. on New Year's Eve. Her mother and a tenant were present at the apartment in the 3000 block of Telegraph Road at the time. Cecil County paramedics treated the toddler at the scene before taking her to Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del.

Liz F. Kay

Aberdeen man charged after clash with police

ELKTON: A 20-year-old Aberdeen man was arrested for the second time in two days yesterday and charged with threatening to set fire to a Maryland state trooper's home. According to the Maryland fire marshal's office, state troopers responded to a report of disorderly behavior at an Elkton home early on New Year's Day, where they arrested Justin Leander Jones. On the way back to the barracks, officers said, Jones kicked a patrol car's windshield and cracked it; spit at a trooper at least twice; and threatened to burn down an officer's home. He was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, among other offenses, according to state court records, and released. Yesterday morning, Jones was arrested again and charged with arson because of the alleged fire threat. Jones said he never threatened to burn down the officer's home. "I said, 'I hope your home burns down,' " said Jones, who maintains that officers blackened his eyes and broke his nose. A call to the state police requesting comment last night was not returned.

Tricia Bishop

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