Police say boy, 14, fatally shot during argument
Police reported they were checking several leads in the fatal shooting yesterday afternoon of a 14-year-old boy in the city's Parklane community, adding that his death appeared to be the result of an argument he had with another boy over a girl. The victim was identified as Juan Johnson of the nearby 4600 block of Reisterstown Road. Johnson was the city's fifth homicide victim under the age of 18 this year. Shortly before 1:30 p.m., Northwestern District police responding to a report of a person shot in the 4400 block of Pall Mall Road near Wylie Avenue found Juan lying in the street, bleeding from at least one gunshot wound to the head, said Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman. Monroe said the boy was taken by a city Fire Department ambulance to nearby Sinai Hospital, where he died less than an hour later in the emergency room. 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 youth's slaying.
Police shoot, kill man after woman is stabbed in back
City police officers shot and killed a man in Southeast Baltimore early yesterday, police said. The incident occurred about 3 a.m. as officers responded to a report of an assault in the 200 block of N. Luzerne Ave., said Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman. When police arrived, he said, they found a man who had broken into a residence and stabbed his pregnant 26-year-old estranged girlfriend multiple times in the back. Police ordered the man to drop the knife he was holding, Harris said. He refused to do so, and officers used their Tasers on him, Harris said. The man then came after the officers again, Harris said, so they pulled out their service weapons. Two officers shot at him, said Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman. The wounded man was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, Harris said, and died shortly thereafter. The 26-year-old woman was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The woman and the unborn baby are expected to be released from the hospital soon, authorities said. Neither the man nor woman was identified, pending notification of kin, Harris said.
Essex man, 35, charged in two Harford robberies
An Essex man charged in two armed robberies in Harford County is scheduled for bond review today, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office. John R. Schultz, 35, of the 1800 block of Cape May Road is charged with multiple counts, including armed robbery, robbery, theft over $500, first-degree assault and carrying a concealed deadly weapon, according to a news release distributed yesterday by the sheriff's office. Schultz was arrested Thursday in Baltimore and taken to the Harford County Detention Center, where he was being held without bond, the sheriff's office said. The robberies occurred Tuesday at a Royal Farms in Churchville and Thursday at a 7-Eleven in Bel Air. Nearly 40 cartons of cigarettes and $80 were stolen in the first incident. Cigarettes, food and about $500 were stolen in the second, according to the sheriff's office.
Goucher, Towson U. heads to speak at town hall event
The Greater Towson Committee will hold a town hall meeting on "Living, Learning and Earning: Embracing the Value of Towson University and Goucher College" at 6 p.m. today in Towson University's Minnegan Room of the Unitas Stadium fieldhouse on Auburn Drive. Goucher College President Sanford J. Ungar and Towson University President Robert L. Caret will discuss their schools' arts and cultural events, campus development plans, athletics programs and economic impact on greater Towson. The meeting is free to the public, but reservations are required at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-825-2549.
Heritage group's meeting to feature review, proposal
The Friends of Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway will meet at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Catonsville Historical Society, 1824 Frederick Road (snow date is Feb. 3). Mary Ann Lisanti, executive director of the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway, will discuss creating a heritage area, and a review of 2008 accomplishments will be presented. The meeting is open to the public. Information: 410-480-0824.
Closures for bridge over Susquehanna on U.S. 40
The U.S. 40 bridge over the Susquehanna River will be closed to overnight westbound traffic this week for deck-replacement work, the Maryland Transportation Authority said. The closings on the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge will begin at 8:30 tonight through 5 a.m. tomorrow morning, and will continue the rest of the week with the same hours until Saturday morning. Traffic will be detoured onto Interstate 95. Starting at 9 p.m. tonight and tomorrow night, at 4:30 a.m. tomorrow and Wednesday, eastbound traffic on the bridge will face possible delays of about 30 minutes as work crews move barrier walls.
Detours for emergency N. Hilton Road repairs
Baltimore transportation officials are planning to close a portion of North Hilton Road starting at 7 a.m. tomorrow for emergency road repairs. Weather permitting, officials say they hope to have the work in the 3500 block of N. Hilton Road completed by 5 p.m. Friday. As a detour, northbound Hilton Road traffic will be directed east onto Liberty Heights Avenue, north on Wabash Avenue, west on Sequoia Avenue, and back onto Hilton Road. Southbound Hilton Road traffic will be directed west on Sequoia Avenue, south on Wabash Avenue, west onto Liberty Heights Avenue, and then back onto Hilton. Drivers can use Callaway Avenue as an alternate route, according to transportation officials. Buses that use Hilton will be diverted around the road work. For information on how bus routes will be affected, contact the Maryland Transit Administration at 410-539-5000.
Harford County budget hearing set for tonight
Harford County residents will have a chance to share their views on the county's fiscal 2010 budget at a hearing tonight. County Executive David R. Craig said the purpose of the hearing is to "hear from the people of Harford County as to what is important to them and what they would like to see funded." County officials will prepare the budget between now and March. The hearing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the Aberdeen High School auditorium. Those who wish to speak should sign in by 6 p.m., officials said.
Sessions to offer input on new Harford schools chief
The Harford County Board of Education has scheduled two focus group sessions this week to solicit assistance from parents and other residents in establishing guidelines as it searches for a new school superintendent. Jacqueline C. Haas, who had been superintendent for the past 10 years, died last month. Meetings are scheduled for tomorrow at Fallston High School, 2301 Carrs Mill Road; and Wednesday at Havre de Grace High School, 700 Congress Ave. Both meetings will begin at 7:30 p.m. The board has set a target date of July 1 for hiring a new superintendent. For more information, call 410-588-5203.
Police find man's body near trail in C&O; Canal park
GREAT FALLS: U.S. Park Police said they have found a man's body near a popular trail in the C&O; Canal National Historic Park. Park Police Sgt. Robert Lachance said the body of 48-year-old Maxwell Kleiman of Washington was discovered Saturday afternoon by two hikers. Lachance said the body was found off the rugged Billy Goat trail in the Wide Water area of the park, south of Great Falls. Lachance said authorities were awaiting autopsy results but said that there did not appear to be any indication of trauma or foul play.