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January 04, 1994

BALTIMORE — Sign hits windshield, critically injuring driver

BALTIMORE -- A North Carolina driver who was injured Sunday when part of an overhead sign on Interstate 95 fell through his car windshield was in critical but stable condition yesterday at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

John Kelly, 59, of Newbern, N.C., and his wife, Barbara, were traveling south when the bracket on a sign near the Caton Avenue exit fell on and shattered the window of the couple's 1987 Pontiac, a Maryland Toll Facilities spokesman said. It hit Mr. Kelly in the head.

Mrs. Kelly steered the vehicle to the shoulder, where it struck an abandoned vehicle, said the Toll Facilities spokesman.

Railway expansion to bring new service

WESTMINSTER

WESTMINSTER -- Carroll County businesses should benefit from a proposed 14-mile Maryland Midland Railway line from Taneytown to Hanover, Pa., says the company's president Paul Denton.

Mr. Denton said he hopes to have freight trains running on the new tracks by early 1996.

Company representatives approached town officials in Littlestown, Pa. about obtaining rights of way last week.

Maryland Midland operates 67 miles of track in Carroll, Baltimore, Frederick and Washington counties and Franklin County, Pa.

Mr. Denton wants to upgrade abandoned lines and lay new tracks from north of Taneytown to the end of the former Maryland and Pennsylvania rail line southwest of Hanover.

The new line would allow Maryland Midland to provide service through Conrail to New England, Canada and the northeastern United States, he said.

The railroad now connects only with CSX, which doesn't run to the north.

Man exposed himself, video clerk reports

BEL AIR

BEL AIR -- Sheriff's deputies released a sketch yesterdayof a man wanted for questioning in Dec. 20 incident in an Abingdon video store during which he allegedly exposed himself and briefly held a woman employee against her will.

Investigators described the man as white, in his late 30s to early 40s, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing about 185 pounds, with dark and light shades of short gray hair slightly spiked on top.

Investigators said the man was wearing a brown jacket and brown pants when he entered the Box Hill Video House at 2917 Emmorton Road about 4:40 p.m.

He returned about a hour later wearing white bicycle shorts, a black or navy blue T-shirt and a red jacket.

The man asked the clerk for assistance and lured her into a separate room where adult videos are displayed, police said.

BTC He allegedly closed the door, preventing her escape, and exposed himself.

Anyone with information about this case should call the Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division at (410) 838-6600.

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