Police identify victim in fatal Towson shooting
A man found fatally shot in the head in his Towson apartment Saturday had recently undergone surgery and was discovered after an acquaintance came to check on him, Baltimore County police said. The victim was identified yesterday as Daniel Ho Colverston, 24. Police said he was killed Friday or Saturday in his residence in the 7000 block of Lachlan Circle, in the Fairways at Towson complex. Investigators said they knew of no motive and had no suspect in the case. Towson University police sent information about the shooting to students yesterday, noting that a number of students live in the Fairways complex near the Country Club of Maryland.
Man, 19, rescued after falling into flooded quarry
A man was rescued yesterday evening from an abandoned stone quarry off Greenspring Avenue after he fell into the water and became stuck on an embankment, authorities said. The 19-year-old's name was not released, but police said he lived in the area. Officer Eli Visnick of the Pikesville Precinct said a resident of Quarry Lake at Greenspring observed the man climbing over a fence that surrounds the quarry about 5:30 p.m. and called police when he failed to reappear. Visnick said the teen was up to his face in water while clinging to an embankment about 50 to 60 feet from the top of the quarry when Visnick and Sgt. Blanca Ramirez entered the water and pulled him out. Visnick said the man had trouble responding to him and Ramirez, and had been in the water for about 15 minutes. "If we hadn't been called, he would have slipped under the water and might never had been found," Visnick said. The water in the quarry is estimated to be 300 feet deep. The teen was taken by ambulance to Sinai Hospital and treated for hypothermia, said Elise Armacost, a county Fire Department spokeswoman.
New UM system policy to cut textbook costs
State university students should see a 20 percent to 30 percent reduction in the total cost of their textbooks under a policy that will take effect next fall. "It's going to make a difference. It's going to help students," UMBC President Freeman A. Hrabowski III said. The affordability policy, approved unanimously last week by the Board of Regents, urges faculty to retain books for multiple semesters so students can buy them used. "The fact of the matter is, when you're teaching 18th-century American history, the material doesn't change that much," Regent David Nevins said. The policy also requires professors to make available purchasing information, such as the book's ISBN and edition number, to students months before classes start so they can search for competitive prices.
Pa. police kill student from Md. in standoff
GREENSBURG, Pa. : A Seton Hill University student from Maryland was killed by police yesterday during a standoff in Pennsylvania, authorities said. Police in Greensburg said they received a call early yesterday saying that Joseph Frederick Briggs had threatened to harm himself and his roommates. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette identified Briggs as a 22-year-old senior from Dickerson in Montgomery County. Police said three men and a woman fled the home after Briggs threatened them with a gun. He then fired toward the officers, hitting parked cars and a house. Several residences were evacuated and campus buildings were locked down. Police said that Briggs was heavily intoxicated and stayed inside the barricaded home for about three hours. Authorities say he was later shot and killed by police.