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N.J. man charged in road rage killing

The Maryland State Police have charged a New Jersey man in a fatal shooting on I-97 in Anne Arundel County Saturday night that stemmed from what they are calling an incident of road rage.

Joseph Walker, 40, was charged with second degree murder and manslaughter for allegedly shooting Joseph Harvey Jr., 36, of Halethorpe, Md. shortly before 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

Police say Walker and Harvey came into contact on I-97 before pulling over to the side of the road. Harvey and his passenger, whose name police aren't releasing, got out of their car and walked toward Walker's minivan.

Police say Walker then shot Harvey with a .45 Glock. Harvey was transported to Baltimore Washington Medical Center, where he died.

Walker is being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on a $1 million bond.

2 children critically injured in police-involved crash

Two children were rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after a Howard County police vehicle made a U-turn into the path of their vehicle in Anne Arundel County on Saturday.

Anne Arundel police say an on-duty Howard County officer was driving through an unfamiliar area when he made an illegal U-turn over a grass median into the path of a Honda traveling in the fast lane. Driver Jamie Marie Butler, 31, and passenger Charlie Norfolk, 34, both of Brooklyn Park, were taken to Johns Hopkins Trauma Center and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Two children aged 11 and four were taken to Johns Hopkins Pediatric Trauma Center with life threatening injuries. Police are not releasing the children's names and it was unclear Sunday evening what condition the children were in.

Anne Arundel police say the initial investigation indicated driver error caused the crash. The investigation is ongoing.

-- Andy Brownfield

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