Two recent reports of people being bitten by foxes near...


July 19, 1998|By From staff reports

JESSUP — Two recent reports of people being bitten by foxes near the North Linthicum Light Rail Station have prompted the county's Animal Control and Health departments to issue a warning to commuters and area residents to stay away from foxes and report any sightings or bites.

While raccoons make up the majority of rabies cases, foxes, bats and skunks have also been found to carry the virus. Animal control officials advise people not to try to help or trap injured animals, suggesting they instead call 410-222-6690.

To report a scratch or bite by an animal, call the county police at 410-222-8050. Information on rabies is also available at the Health Department home page at www.

47-year-old man drowns in river near Gibson Island

A 47-year-old man drowned yesterday afternoon in the Magothy River near Gibson Island after apparently attempting to hold his breath underwater for an extended amount of time, Maryland Natural Resources Police said.

Police said the man, whose name was being withheld pending notification of family, was found by a friend near a sandbar in about 3 feet of water. Several people visiting the popular boating area, including doctors and nurses, performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the man but could not revive him. A doctor pronounced him dead at nearby Gibson Island Marina.

The body was taken to North Arundel Hospital at about 3: 20 p.m.

Authorities search for escaped prisoner

JESSUP -- Maryland State Police and local authorities are searching for a man who escaped from a minimum-security boot camp five months before his scheduled release.

Francelle Samuel Gamble, 23, had been serving a three-year sentence for possession with intent to distribute cocaine, said .. Maxine Eldridge, spokeswoman for the state Division of Correction. He will face an additional 10 years in jail if he is caught.

Gamble, whose last known address was in the 2500 block of E. Chase St. in Baltimore, was discovered missing at 5 a.m. from the 257-inmate Herman L. Toulson Correctional Boot Camp. He apparently kicked out a screen in a sleeping-area window and jumped over the fence around the boot camp, Eldridge said.

A 64-year-old woman was struck and killed yesterday morning as she was crossing the intersection of Edmondson and Whitmore avenues in West Baltimore, police said.

Jean White was pronounced dead at the scene. Her address was not available. Police, who responded about 11: 30 a.m., said the driver had been traveling east on Edmondson Avenue in a Mitsubishi sports utility vehicle.

The driver -- Albert Brown, 22, of the 800 block of Edmondson Ave. -- was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated, said Agent Angelique Cook-Hayes, a police spokeswoman.

ROSEDALE -- Four people were injured yesterday during a Rosedale party after a man, prompted by a fight involving several people, jumped into his car and drove into the crowd.

Three of the victims, whom Baltimore County police did not identify, were being treated at Franklin Square Hospital Center yesterday for injuries described as not life-threatening. A fourth person, who had numerous injuries, was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center and was in stable condition yesterday, police said.

Police responded to the fight in the 5900 block of Kenwood Ave. about 1 a.m. The driver -- Lawrence Munaw, 17, of the first block of Bothwell Garth -- was charged with one count of first-degree assault and four counts of attempted murder.

Police seek suspect charged with Timonium break-ins


TOWSON -- Baltimore County police were searching yesterday for 22-year-old Gerhard P. Kurth, who has been charged with three recent Timonium break-ins and is suspected of committing seven burglaries in the Rodgers Forge area June 16.

Kurth, who has no known address, is also a suspect in several New England burglaries, police said.

Police said the Baltimore County break-ins occurred at night, with homes -- even if occupied -- entered through unlocked doors or open windows. Items reported stolen include cash, credit cards and small electronic items such as cellular phones. Anyone with information is asked to call 410-887-2198.

Pub Date: 7/19/98

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