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Man shot in Annapolis is first homicide of 2009

A 39-year-old man who was found shot in a car in an Annapolis public housing complex Tuesday night has died of his wounds, becoming the city's first homicide victim this year. Steven Lamorse Garrett of the 1900 block of Copeland St. was found suffering from a gunshot wound in a car in the Annapolis Gardens community about 9 p.m., Annapolis police said. The car in which Garrett was found had struck another car in the 1800 block of Bowman Drive, prompting a call to police, said police spokeswoman Jane Schlegel. Garrett was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said. A call to Garrett's home was not immediately returned. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-268-4141. "It was a rainy night, so I don't know that a whole lot of people were out. But we're hoping people will come forward with leads," Schlegel said.

Julie Scharper

Police identify man found dead in Leakin Park

Baltimore police have identified a man whose body was found in Leakin Park last week. Petro Taylor, 20, of the 2700 block of Gwynnmore Ave. in Woodlawn, Baltimore County, was discovered in a woods off the 4400 block of N. Franklintown Road about noon Dec. 30, police said. Police declined to reveal the cause of death but are investigating it as a homicide.

Richard Irwin

Dropped bag of crack in store leads to charges

A customer bought groceries at a Frederick store and walked out, but not before accidentally dropping a bag of crack cocaine while at the cash register, authorities said yesterday. Employees of Bloom grocery, in the 2000 block of Yellow Springs Road, discovered the bag, which consisted of smaller packages of the drug inside the larger bag, on the floor Tuesday, police said. They called police, and Officer John Hoxie came to the store, watched surveillance video, identified a suspect and reviewed credit-card information, authorities said. Hoxie went to the suspect's house and arrested him without incident, authorities said. Police charged William R. Firey, 47, of the 2000 block of W. Green Palace Terrace with drug possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and possession of the drug and drug paraphernalia. Firey posted $7,500 bond and was released, electronic court records show.

Gus G. Sentementes

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