Woman died after the car she was driving...

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December 02, 1997|By From staff reports

OWINGS MILLS -- A woman died after the car she was driving collided with a pickup truck that turned in front of her on Reisterstown Road late Sunday night, Baltimore County police said. The truck driver was charged with driving while intoxicated, police said.

Patricia Marshall, 47, of the first block of Meriam Court in Owings Mills died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after her 1989 Mercury Topaz was struck by a 1994 Ford pickup truck driven by John Edward Smith, 50, of Mission Wood Way in Reisterstown, said Sgt. Kevin Novak of county police.

Both drivers were taken to Shock Trauma, where Marshall died. Smith was stable in serious condition yesterday, according to hospital officials.

Apartment blaze injures 1, leaves 3 families homeless

ESSEX

ESSEX -- One person was injured and three families, including two pregnant women and 11 children, were left homeless yesterday when a two-alarm fire destroyed part of an apartment building in the 1600 block of Dartford Road, the county Fire Department said.

The blaze, reported at 6: 16 p.m. at Kingsley Park Apartments, was battled by at least 100 firefighters. The cause of the fire was an uncovered halogen lamp in contact with combustible material, Battalion Chief Mark Hubbard said.

One visitor at the building suffered smoke inhalation and was treated at the hyperbaric chamber at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The Red Cross and the Fire Department's victim assistance program were trying to find shelter for the displaced families.

Commencement ceremony set for police academy grads

DUNDALK

DUNDALK -- The 100th class of Baltimore County Police Academy recruits will graduate at 7: 30 p.m. today at Dundalk Middle School, 7400 Dunmanway.

Forty of the 55 graduating officers were hired through a grant from the Community Oriented Policing Services program, a federal law enforcement initiative. One graduating recruit will work in Howard County. The remaining 54 will be assigned to Baltimore County ranks. The graduates have completed 25 weeks of training at the academy. They will have eight weeks of field training under an experienced officer and begin service Friday.

Loyola College has received a $3,650 grant to administer a program that will train high school students as peer mediators.

The grant was among 73 announced last week by President Clinton to organize service events that will be launched Jan. 15 to commemorate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday. The grants, from the Corporation for National Service, were awarded to organizations to implement service activities that honor King's legacy.

This is the fourth year that the corporation has spearheaded efforts to fulfill the federal King Holiday and Service Act of 1994. It worked closely with the King Commission and the Points of Light Foundation to award the grants.

Santa Claus Anonymous to hold wine tasting tonight

Santa Claus Anonymous will sponsor its annual wine tasting, signaling the kickoff of the 1997 Christmas fund-raising campaign, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Peabody Library on East Mount Vernon Place.

The not-for-profit organization was founded in 1934 to help underprivileged children in Baltimore. It plans to distribute 45,000 gift certificates this year to the needy for the purchase of children's toys and clothing.

Today's fund-raiser will showcase California and Maryland wines. Light fare will be available. Entertainment will be provided by the Peabody Jazz Trio and other local jazz musicians. Information: 410-659-9640.

Police search for woman, 71, missing since Thursday

City police were searching yesterday for a 71-year-old Cherry Hill woman who suffers from dementia and was last seen by her son Thursday. Investigators said they do not believe foul play is involved.

Amy Elizabeth Speight was reported missing last week by her son Anthony, 31, who lives with her in the 2800 block of Potee St. He said last night his mother often walked around the neighborhood, but always returned home.

She was described as black, 4 feet 11 inches and 110 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair braided in a ponytail. The son said she was likely wearing a black coat, sleeveless orange shirt, purple pants and white sneakers. Anyone with information was urged to call police at 410-396-2334.

Pub Date: 12/02/97

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