BALTIMORE — Burglary suspect freed from chimney
BALTIMORE -- An apparent burglar was freed early today from the chimney of a West Baltimore rowhouse after a family heard him crying for help, police and fire officials said.
A 17-year-old resident of the 1100 block of W. Mulberry St. called the Fire Department just before midnight after he and his family heard the voice and thought it was coming from a vacant house next door.
"Help me, help me, I'm stuck in a chimney," the voice said, according to Donte Shields, who called the Fire Department at 11:56 p.m.
Fire officials used sledge hammers to break through the brick wall on the second and third floors of the vacant house at 1111 W. Mulberry St., but the man wasn't there. The rescuers then determined that the man was in the chimney of the adjoining house at 1113 W. Mulberry. The firefighters used an air chisel to break through the chimney there and free the man, who was carried down a ladder covered with soot and coughing.
Police said Alton Lott, 26, of the 800 block of W. Lexington St., told them he had been trapped in the 12-inch-square chimney space since Saturday night. He was taken to University of Maryland Medical Center, and charges were pending, police said.
Ocean City youth is struck by car
A 17-year-old Ocean City youth was listed in satisfactory condition last night after being hit by a car and seriously injured on Coastal Highway Saturday evening.
Ocean City police said Ethan Berger was flown to Peninsula General Regional Medical Center in Salisbury after the accident shortly after 6:15 p.m.
Police said Mr. Berger was crossing Coastal Highway at 137th Street when he walked into the side of a 1989 Ford Escort driven by Linette Remick, 30, of College Park. She was not charged in the accident.
Harford Co. residents can pick up seedlings
BEL AIR -- Harford County residents who dropped off their Christmas trees to be recycled into mulch can now pick up their promised evergreen seedlings for planting.
More than 5,000 coupons for the seedlings were handed out during January and February to county residents who took their trees to various government and private drop-off sites. The trees were taken to the Harford County Waste Disposal Center at Scarboro to be ground into mulch.
Coupons can be traded in for seedlings from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the drop-off sites and the Scarboro facility. The Susquehannock Environmental Center, on Tollgate Road in Bel Air, also will redeem coupons from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.