Two men die from gunshots in separate incidents

A pair of weekend homicides brought Baltimore's yearly murder total to 222 Saturday. The body of a 27-year-old man who had sustained gunshot wounds to the head was found Saturday morning near the 2400 block of Shirley Ave. in Northwest Baltimore. Police spokesman Donny Moses said officers were called about 7:15 a.m. after the body was discovered. No one in the neighborhood reported hearing gun shots; there are no suspects and no motive. Police were working to identify the victim. Shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday, police were called to a home in the 3300 block of Woodstock Ave. near Clifton Park with a report of a home invasion. Glen Johnson, 32, had sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was declared dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital. His 34-year-old sister had sustained a superficial bullet wound to the chest. Police were told that at least four unidentified assailants forced their way into the house and then fled on foot.

- Susan Reimer

Five youths stabbed in fight at Forestville shopping center

Prince George's County police say five youths were stabbed during a large fight in a Forestville shopping center parking lot. Cpl. Erica Johnson says the conditions of the five were not immediately available. The stabbings were reported about 7:10 p.m. Friday in the 3000 block of Donnell Drive.

- Associated Press

Truck driver's relatives sue state over fatal bridge crash

Relatives of a truck driver killed in an August 2008 Bay Bridge crash are suing the state of Maryland as well as a teenage driver. The $7 million suit filed in June originally named the driver whose car crossed the center line before the crash that killed 57-year-old John Short of Willards. Short died after his tractor trailer crashed over the side of the bridge and into the bay. The suit was amended Friday to add the state and the state transportation authority, claiming bridge barriers could have been maintained better to prevent the truck from going into the bay. The suit also claims two-way traffic on the bridge at the time of the crash is inherently dangerous and has led to numerous other fatalities.

- Associated Press

Mother and son indicted on murder-for-hire charges

Maryland State Police say a Washington County mother and her son have been indicted on murder-for-hire charges. State police say the indictments were issued by a Washington County grand jury against 67-year-old Grace Marie Fink and her 39-year-old son, Clarence F. Meyers, both of Hancock. Police say that Meyers was conspiring with Fink to murder his former girlfriend, who is the mother of two girls he was convicted of killing. Meyers is in prison following his August conviction for those deaths in a February fire.

- Associated Press

P.G. County residents curb their leaves - in vain

A leaf-removal program has been discontinued after 25 years, saving Prince George's County $2 million. Some county residents say they raked their leaves to the curb as they had for years and expected they would be vacuumed up by the county. But they were surprised to learn the leaf-removal program had been cut. Susan Hubbard of the county's Department of Public Works and Transportation says a notice about the program being discontinued went out to community representatives over the summer.

- Associated Press

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