RANDALLSTOWN — Woman at bus stop hit, killed by car
A 33-year-old woman was killed yesterday when she was struck by a car while sitting in an enclosed MTA bus stop in Randallstown, police said.
Vanessa Fennell of the first block of Virunga Court, Randallstown, was taken to Baltimore County General Hospital where she died shortly after the 1:45 p.m. crash, said Sgt. Stephen R. Doarnberger, a police spokesman.
Sergeant Doarnberger said Ms. Fennell had just borrowed two books from a nearby library when a 1984 Oldsmobile sideswiped another vehicle and went out of control in the 8600 block of Liberty Road, hitting the enclosed bus stop and the woman sitting inside.
The driver, identified as Marvin L. Venick, 59, of the 8900 block of Allenswood Road, Randallstown, was uninjured, police said.
Mr. Venick, who has Parkinson's disease, had no immediate recollection of the accident and no charges were immediately lodged against him, Sergeant Doarnberger said.
The driver had been on his way to a doctor's office at the time of the crash, the police spokesman said.
The fatal crash brings to 89 the number of people killed in traffic accidents in the state this year, 14 fewer than at this time last year, according to the state police.
Two boys, 14, arrested in attack near Pimlico
Police yesterday arrested two 14-year-old youths and charged them with assault in connection with Wednesday's attack on a Pimlico Middle School student who was pummeled with fists and with a trash can lid.
Sean Williams, 12, suffered broken and loosened teeth and numerous bruises in the beating, which he said was unprovoked and was carried out by eight youngsters.
The attack occurred after school as the Williams youth walked toward the Rogers Avenue Metro station. He said the beating occurred near West Rogers and Park Heights avenues, two blocks from the school.
But a police report made available for the first time yesterday said police broke up the fight in the 5400 block of Gist Avenue, about five blocks from the school.
Maj. Ronald Collins of the Northwestern District said the two youths who were arrested are students at Pimlico. Both were charged as juveniles.
Major Collins added that police were looking for two other suspects. "There may have been eight people there, but we believe only three or four were involved in the assault," he said.
2 guilty of growing state park pot patch
Two Baltimore County men arrested after a 13-day stakeout of their 15-plant pot garden in a remote section of Gunpowder Falls State Park were found guilty yesterday of manufacturing marijuana, given suspended sentences and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service.
Timothy Keith Fleischmann, 31, of the 2900 block of Yorkway, Dundalk, and Francis Lee Wiles, 50, of the 6800 block of Leslie Road, Essex, were arrested last Aug. 30 by members of the state Forest and Parks Service's fledgling Substance Abuse Unit.
The two men had arrived at the mosquito-infested site on the Bird River in a small motorboat to tend the crop. A subsequent search of Wiles' home turned up an indoor garden with an array of lighting equipment shining down on 63 plants in various stages of growth, police said.
Each defendant was given a suspended six-month sentence by Circuit Judge Thomas J. Bollinger Sr., who convicted the men after hearing an uncontested statement of facts from prosecutor David P. Lunden.
The judge ordered Fleischmann to pay court costs and reimburse the public defender's office $500, and fined Wiles $1,000.
City Hall cleared by smoking fan
City Hall was evacuated for 25 minutes yesterday afternoon when a fan overheated, sending smoke through parts of the building.
Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, City Council President Mary Pat Clarke and several hundred city employees left the building at 100 N. Holliday St. at 3:35 p.m. when the fire alarm sounded.
Six fire engines were dispatched to the building, where firefighters soon determined that a blaze had not erupted. No injuries were reported, fire officials said.