In Baltimore CityBoy, 11, struck by train escapes serious...

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April 02, 1999|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Boy, 11, struck by train escapes serious injuries

An 11-year-old boy escaped serious injury yesterday when he was hit by a light rail car, dragged several feet and briefly trapped under the train's front end, Mass Transit Administration officials said.

Wendell Bost of the 500 block of Cathedral St. was crossing North Howard Street north of West Mulberry Street about 3: 10 p.m. when he was struck by the southbound 106,000-pound train. The train's wheels stopped inches from the boy's body, police said.

"He had an angel in his pocket," said Carl Pendleton, a witness. Wendell suffered cuts and was in good condition last night at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Rail service resumed at 3: 50 p.m.

Police Department promotes three to command positions

The Police Department announced three promotions yesterday to command positions.

Maj. Timothy Longo, the commissioner's chief of staff, was promoted to colonel. He will command the technical services bureau when Col. Joseph Bolesta, a 33-year veteran, retires June 4.

Lt. Dawn L. Jessa was promoted to major and will take over the community resource bureau in June. Lt. Antonio Williams, who heads the recruitment section, was promoted to major and will take over the drug enforcement division when Maj. Gary Lembach, a 31-year veteran, retires April 21.

In Baltimore County

Man charged in teen's death to be tried in Garrett County

TOWSON -- The trial of John Albert Miller IV, a New York man charged last summer in the strangulation of a 17-year-old Eldersburg baby sitter, will be held in Garrett County to avoid pretrial publicity.

Baltimore County Circuit Chief Judge Edward A. DeWaters Jr. said yesterday the case will be moved to the Western Maryland county, though a trial date has not been set.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Miller, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Shen Dullea Poehlman. Miller had hired the Carroll County honors student and tennis star to baby-sit his children in Reisterstown.

Council set to approve foundation's donation

TOWSON -- The Baltimore County Council is scheduled to approve a $7,944 donation from the Weinberg Foundation to paint the Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River Museum in Essex.

The grant must be approved by the council because the society leases its facilities in the 500 block of Eastern Blvd. from the county for $1 a year.

The council is slated to approve the grant at its meeting Monday.

No one injured in blaze that heavily damages house

CATONSVILLE -- A three-alarm fire heavily damaged a two-and-a-half-story house in the 1600 block of Old Frederick Road yesterday afternoon, fire officials said.

No one was injured in the blaze, said Baltimore County Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Hubbard. One woman was home when the fire began in the wood-frame home but she escaped without injury.

Firefighters had not determined the cause of the blaze, Hubbard said, but believed it started in the basement of the house.

Pub Date: 4/02/99

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