Regional Recap, August 17, 2012

| August 17, 2012
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Police: Annapolis Man Tried To Kidnap Woman, Toddler. Annapolis police have arrested a man who they said tried to kidnap a woman and her toddler at gunpoint. William Ranaldo Brown, 30, of Annapolis, was charged with attempted kidnapping and other offenses. His bail was set at $200,000. Police said that at about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Brown approached a woman carrying groceries and her young daughter. Officers said he pulled out a handgun and told the woman she was going with him.

Conference Hopes To Mobilize Voters. Some powerful national leaders are in Baltimore this week for what one local pastor is calling a Code Red state of emergency when it comes to voter mobilization. The Empowerment Temple’s the Rev. Jamal Bryant called a three-day conference to register and mobilize voters. He called on the Rev. Jesse Jackson, AME Church Bishop Vashti McKenzie and others to help with his effort.

Alleged Cannibal Deemed Incompetent To Stand Trial. Alexander Kinyua, the Harford County man who is accused of eating another man’s heart and brain, has been deemed incompetent to stand trial. The former Morgan State University student is accused of killing a family friend and eating the victim’s heart and parts of his brain. Kinyua was indicted in June on first-degree murder charges.  Since then, the 21-year-old Joppatowne man has been undergoing a competency evaluation at the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital, a maximum-security psychiatric hospital in Jessup.

Police Hope Fines Will Increase School Bus Safety. Hundreds of school buses are about to hit the roads in Baltimore County in a week or so as students head back to the classroom. Bus drivers will be the first to tell you that trip to and from school can become dangerous. Kristen Volz is taking her bus out for a test run in Baltimore County. She said already knows what she’ll face on that first day of classes: drivers who speed pass stopped school buses.

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