A Harford County grand jury indicted Michael Razzio Simmons yesterday on charges of first-degree murder and carrying a dangerous weapon, the Baltimore Sun reported today. Simmons, 19, of Fallston, was arrested in connection with the stabbing death of 23-year-old Patrick Walker of Bel Air on May 26 following what police describe as a road rage incident in downtown Bel Air. Walker died of two stab wounds to the neck and from the Baltimore Sun story, it appears that the issue in question is whether Walker was stabbed as he remained in his car at an intersection or whether Walker got out of his car and ran into Simmons’ knife during an altercation. According to news accounts of the incident, Simmons allegedly told police he was angry because he believed Walker had cut him off in traffic moments before the altercation. Today’s story also states that Simmons’ younger brother Vincent, who was one of two others in Simmons’ car at the time of the incident, testified at yesterday’s hearing. Michael Simmons is being represented by by Bel Air Defense Attorney David P. Henninger. He is being held without bail at the Harford County Detention Center.
In other Harford County news today, the Sun reports on its website that the main pump at the county’s wastewater treatment plant in Perryman failed today sending 100,000 gallons of raw sewage into the surrounding wetlands. Yuck.
Today’s Aegis newspaper reports that Bel Air’s Olympian and world champion figure skater Kimmie Meissner has given those for-a-good-cause rubber bracelets her own red, white and blue design in support of a program that provides fun activities for pediatric cancer patients. The Aegis says Meissner will sign autographs from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at the ESPN Zone in downtown Baltimore Friday following a brief press conference. Proceeds of the $2 bracelets with “Triumph” written on them will benefit the Belanger-Federico-Pitterich Foundation ‘s Cool Kids program. They’re expected to be available at the McDonald’s restaurants in Churchville and the Main Street Tower restaurant in downtown Bel Air and at Subway stores through July 15, according to the Aegis.
Wall Street smiles on BGE
Baltimore Sun columnist Jay Hancock’s Electric Shock blog is busy today with two postings already on the special session on the BGE rate increase going on in Annapolis. His most current post reveals the curious circumstance of stock in Constellation Energy Group rising more than $1.50 today. That amount is the highest in more than a month reached by the stock of BGE’s parent company, which is currently a merger candidate for Florida Power & Light. The reason could be that the deal being brokered in Annapolis today doesn’t appear to bankrupt BGE, Hancock says. However, he notes that if a new Public Service Commission is installed, Florida Power & Light must go through the lengthy process of asking again for Constellation’s hand. Whether or not FPL decides to pursue the engagement remains to be seen.