Posted On: March 31, 2009

Baltimore Stabbing Death Results in Arrest

Baltimore police have arrested Eddy M. Castillo-Diaz, 21, in connection with a stabbing death that took place February 22, 2009, in East Baltimore. According to a Baltimore Sun story, Mr. Castillo-Diaz is a native of Honduras, and police believe that he is in the United States illegally.

Mr. Castillo-Diaz has been charged with first-degree murder in Maryland, assault and weapons charges. Under Maryland law, first-degree murder can be punished by the death penalty,* life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, or life imprisonment. Should the State choose this as a capital case, the accused must be notified in writing of this intent at least 30 days before the start of the trial.

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Posted On: March 26, 2009

Anne Arundel Woman Pulled from Burning Car

The Baltimore Sun reports in an article that two Maryland State Police officers rescued an unconscious woman from a burning van as a result of a Maryland auto accident during the morning hours of March 11, 2009.

At approximately 6:30 am, Melody Grimm, 57, of Crofton, MD drove her minivan off the roadway for reasons unknown. When Police Officer John Griffin and Cadet Andrew Neall arrived on the scene, the engine compartment of Grimm’s vehicle was burning and thick smoke filled the interior of the minivan.

Cadet Neall tried to open the driver’s side door and found it locked. Officer Griffin broke one of the minivan’s windows to gain entry. Inside they found Grimm unconscious in the front seat of the vehicle. As flames spread from the engine under the van, the two police officers lifted Grimm out and carried her to safety. Moments later the minivan burst into flames.

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Posted On: March 24, 2009

Woodlawn Roadway Shooting Considered First Degree Assault

A review of the Baltimore Sun’s police blotter report for Saturday, March 7, 2009, reveals that three people were arrested and charged with first-degree assault in Maryland in connection with a roadway-shooting incident that took place during the early morning hours in the Woodlawn area.

According to the blotter record, the three individuals were driving in the Woodlawn area and at approximately 3:30 a.m., one of the individuals allegedly discharged a .32 caliber handgun at the driver of another car. Fortunately the shot missed, and the driver reported the incident to law enforcement officials.

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Posted On: March 10, 2009

“Rethinking Drinking” is a Resourceful New Website

An article in USA Today reported the launching of a new website by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) called “Rethinking Drinking.” The site aims at helping those who enjoy drinking alcoholic beverages on a regular basis to determine what kind of drinker they are and whether they are at risk for developing a drinking problem.

The article interviewed a group of women hanging out at a bar after work. Natalie Penoyar, 25, said, “The older you get, the more you think about your actions and your mortality.”

Her attitude is one that the director of the Division of Treatment and Recovery Research at the NIAAA, Mark Willenbring, agrees on.

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Posted On: March 5, 2009

Middle River Shooting Death Searching For Baltimore County Man

The Baltimore Sun reports in an article that the Baltimore County police are searching for 26-year-old Warren Jerome Yates of Dundalk in connection with a fatal shooting.

Police allege that on January 7, 2009, Yates sold another man $4000 worth of marijuana, for which he could be facing Maryland drug charges. The other man passed Yates a roll of bills to pay for the drugs, but only one of the bills was real.

The purchaser fled when Yates discovered the ruse, then Yates drew a gun and fired two shots at the man.

One of the shots struck 58-year-old Shirley Worcester, a Middle River resident who was standing outside of her home. The bullet hit Worcester in the chest, fatally wounding her.

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Posted On: March 3, 2009

Maryland Fatal Auto Accidents Involving Teen Drivers Decreasing

The Baltimore Examiner reports that the number of teen auto accidents in Maryland is declining.

Citing data from the State Highway Administration, the Examiner notes that from 2003 to 2007 the total number of fatal car crashes caused by drivers between the ages of 16-20 has decreased by 41. This decrease is a 66 percent decline in the total number of fatal crashes in which a teen driver was at fault.

The good news carries over to injury crashes caused by teenagers. State traffic statistics for the four-year period show a decline in injury accidents of over 50 percent. State officials point to the state’s driver’s license program, which allows young drivers to gradually get more experience behind the wheel. This results in more confident drivers able to handle the sometimes rapidly changing conditions behind the wheel.

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