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WILMINGTON, DEL.

Suspect in slaying commits suicide

The man sought in the weekend slaying of his mother in Prince George's County fatally shot himself in Delaware after leading officers on a car chase, the Wilmington Police Department said yesterday.

The suspect, Christopher Gary, 27, of Germantown, was apprehended by Wilmington police officers Monday night and engaged them in a gunbattle. However, the autopsy shows that Gary died by shooting himself in the mouth, authorities said.

City police have placed the two officers on administrative leave until an internal investigation is complete.

Gary was wanted for fatally shooting Evelyn Woods, firing a gun at his stepfather and shooting and wounding a bystander.

VIRGINIA

CHESAPEAKE

Officer returns fire, kills suspect

The Chesapeake Police Department said an officer killed a man who shot at him yesterday.

A police spokeswoman identified the dead man as Jermaine Savage, 24.

The spokeswoman said the officer tried to pull over a car with no license plates at about 8:30 a.m. Then when the cars came to a stop, Mr. Savage got out and fired at the officer.

The officer returned fire, hitting Mr. Savage, who died later at a local hospital. The officer was not injured.

Police are investigating the shooting.

MARYLAND

HAGERSTOWN

Child molester arrested on parole violation

Federal authorities have arrested an ordained rabbi from Hagerstown, convicted in Maryland and New York for sexually abusing children, after he was deported from India for violating his parole, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Alan Horowitz, 60, was arrested at an airport in Newark, N.J., Sunday at about 4 a.m., the agency said. He was being held in the Essex County jail in Newark on no-bond status awaiting extradition to New York, marshals said.

The former Hagerstown child psychiatrist, was convicted in 1983 of sexually assaulting two brothers, ages 12 and 8. He was given a five-year suspended prison sentence and ordered into a religious program in Monsey, N.Y.

Horowitz was convicted by a New York court in 1991 of sexually abusing children 10 to 17, and he spent 13 years in prison before being paroled in November 2004.

He left the United States in the spring of 2006 and reportedly visited a number of spots in Asia, including Thailand and Hong Kong, before arriving in India, where he was arrested May 22 at a seaside resort.

BALTIMORE

Lightning strike sparks fire on steeple

Lightning struck a downtown Baltimore church steeple causing a fire yesterday afternoon.

A Baltimore Fire Department spokesman said the fire at First Mount Olive Freewill Baptist Church started at about 3 p.m.

A witness said he saw the lightning strike the steeple.

The fire spread to the church's administrative building. Eighty firefighters and paramedics were on scene with about 30 fire vehicles.

A firefighter was taken to a hospital with a leg injury, officials said.

The church was founded in 1939 and moved to its current location in 1956, according to the church's Web site. The education and administration building was built in 1994.

BALTIMORE

Attempted murder charges filed in fight

A Baltimore man has been charged with attempted murder for opening fire on three persons after a bar fight.

The Baltimore County Police Department said Khan Williams, 23, shot three men after a fight inside Coco's Bar and Grill on Eastern Boulevard in Essex.

Detectives said that on May 17 shortly after 1 a.m., bouncers threw Mr. Williams, his friends and the three victims out of the bar. Another argument started in the parking lot and Mr. Williams shot Robert Legrand, 34, Frank Bele, 30, and Randy Morton, 34, police said. None of their injuries were life-threatening.

Mr. Williams was arrested Friday and is being held without bail.

DUNKIRK

Man killed after being ejected from SUV

Anne Arundel County police are investigating a crash in Dunkirk in which a man was thrown from his vehicle and was killed.

The accident occurred Monday afternoon while the man was driving a sport utility vehicle on Chesapeake Beach Road West. Police said the driver crossed the center line near Sansbury Road and crashed head-on with a tow truck.

The SUV was knocked backward about 85 feet after the collision. The man was ejected and landed in the road near his vehicle after it came to a stop.

Police have withheld the man's identity. The tow-truck driver was taken to Prince George's County Hospital's trauma center and released.

Both vehicles were destroyed and police are investigating to see whether speed or alcohol had a role in the crash.

CENTREVILLE

Motorcyclists sought in man's beating

State police are asking for help in identifying three bikers who attacked a man in Templeville, leaving him with permanent brain injuries.

The incident occurred July 1 at about 4:30 p.m. on Bear Pond Road. The victim, Robert Clegg, 45, of Sudlersville, was a passenger in a pickup truck that was rear-ended by a yellow-and-black sport motorcycle. The rider fell onto the road.

When Mr. Clegg's pickup stopped to check on the man, police said two other cyclists pulled up and started beating him.

He was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center and was in stable condition Monday.

Police said the injured biker and the assailants left the scene. All three were riding foreign-made sport bikes. Pieces of the injured biker's skin were recovered from the truck.

BALTIMORE

Police investigate fatal stabbing, slashing

Baltimore police are investigating the fatal stabbing and slashing of a 15-year-old girl in her home in West Baltimore.

A woman who said she is the girl's mother said that her daughter had stab wounds to the chest and that her throat was slashed. She identified her daughter as Christine Richardson.

The death was reported early yesterday morning on South Fulton Avenue when the mother returned home from work at about 2 a.m. Neighbors heard the woman scream for help when she found the girl's body upstairs.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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