Ellicott City/elkridge

August 12, 1993

Baltimore man hurt in fall from cliff while climbing in Patapsco Valley park

A Baltimore man rock climbing alone yesterday in Patapsco Valley State Park plummeted 30 to 50 feet to the base of an 80-foot cliff, narrowly escaping serious injury or death, county fire and rescue officials said.

Mike Parks, 22, of the 500 block of Doris Ave. in Brooklyn was being evaluated at Howard County General Hospital, where he was treated for numerous bruises and lacerations.

The Special Incident Response Team, a division of the county Department of Fire and Rescue Services, took about an hour, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., to locate Mr. Parks, stabilize him and pull his bruised body by rope to the top of the cliff, said Battalion Chief Donald Howell.

When rescuers located Mr. Parks in the rocky area south of Ellicott City, he was conscious and coherent, but had been cut and bruised over his entire body, Chief Howell said.


* Elkridge: 6000 block of Augustine Ave.: Someone slashed the right rear tire of a 1990 Honda Civic early Monday evening or Tuesday morning.

6000 block of Augustine Ave.: Someone vandalized a blue Chevrolet van late Monday or early Tuesday, writing on it with felt pens and letting the air out of two tires.

5900 block of Elk Forest Court: A tire of a silver Mitsubishi Mirage was slashed late Monday or early Tuesday.

* Ellicott City: 4100 block of Henhawk Court: A side window of a 1979 Oldsmobile Cutlass was smashed late Monday or early Tuesday.

5100 block of Little Creek Drive: A $210 gas grill and grill cover were stolen from the rear of a residence between Aug. 1 and Aug. 4.

5500 block of Hunt Chase Terrace: Two French doors were taken from the garage of a house under construction sometime between last Thursday and Saturday. The stolen property was valued at $600.

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