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The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore Co. couple die in Florida auto crash

A Baltimore County couple were killed in an automobile accident in West Miami on Wednesday night, according to the family and reports in the Miami Herald. Robert Kirkpatrick and his wife, Paulette, both 62, of Phoenix, were heading to the Everglades when their Chevrolet Cobalt crashed into a Toyota Tacoma driven by a 54-year-old man who had been arrested three times on drunken-driving charges and whose license had been suspended, the Miami Herald reported. The driver of the Toyota, Thomas D. Cypress, was hospitalized in serious but stable condition, according to the paper, and Florida state troopers are investigating whether alcohol was involved after finding beer cans and broken beer bottles at the scene. The Kirkpatricks' daughter said last night that both her parents were longtime Baltimore County instructors. Robert Kirkpatrick was the chair of the art department at Perry Hall High School, where his wife was chairwoman of the English department. They retired several years ago, Jennifer Kirkpatrick said. Robert Kirkpatrick had since become a professional oil painter. He and his wife went to Florida to compete in a national contest, the daughter said. The couple had planned to extend the trip by vacationing an extra week in the Everglades and Key West. "My parents were very fun people," said Jennifer Kirkpatrick of Halethorpe. "They'd been married for 38 years. They loved each other. They had a huge amount of friends." The Kirkpatricks are also survived by a son, Stephen, of Phoenix.

Brent Jones

Crownsville man convicted of murder

A Crownsville man was convicted yesterday of murder for conspiring with his son's 15-year-old friend to shoot a man and set his body on fire, according to prosecutors. Wayne Lewis Milburn Sr., 43, entered an Alford plea to first-degree murder: not admitting guilt while acknowledging that prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him of the crime. On Oct. 26, 2007, Milburn and the teen, Ross Womick Jr., smoked crack before meeting Krey Jermaine Green, 23, in the parking lot of the Crownsville fairgrounds to buy drugs. Milburn shot Green in the head, drove his car into woods behind a church and doused it with gasoline. The boy lit a match and set fire to the car, charring Green's body so that it could be identified only through dental and surgical records. Sentencing is slated for March 19.

Julie Scharper

Police seek armed man who attacked officers

City police were searching for a man who flashed a weapon and tried to run down an officer in his car yesterday afternoon. Undercover officers were conducting an operation in the area of Harford Road and Montebello Terrace about 3 p.m. when a man pulled a weapon and fired at them, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman. The man then climbed into a car and drove off. A patrol officer in the area attempted to block the car, and the man drove it toward the officer, Moses said. The patrol officer fired at the vehicle, though Moses said police do not believe the driver was struck. The man continued driving, and the car was later recovered a short distance away. Police blocked off the 4300 block of Harford Road yesterday as they searched for a suspect, and Montebello Elementary/Middle school was locked down for about a half-hour around dismissal time as police established a perimeter on the north end of the school.

Justin Fenton and Sara Neufeld

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