In Baltimore CountySalmonella outbreak at St. Joseph...

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June 08, 1999|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

Salmonella outbreak at St. Joseph hospital is being investigated

TOWSON -- Health officials are investigating the cause of a salmonella outbreak that struck 24 people last month at St. Joseph Medical Center -- 12 of them children at the day care center.

Dr. Diane Dwyer, chief epidemiologist at the state health department, said it appears likely that many of the victims contracted the bacterial illness from a common food prepared in the hospital kitchen. Dwyer said no new cases have been seen in almost two weeks. The victims included two parents, a teacher at the day care center, several hospital employees and a visitor.

"We may never know the cause," said hospital spokeswoman Sharon Sopp. "But we do know that the only common link among the initial cases was that they ate food from the hospital kitchen."

Pikesville, Patapsco seniors to get scholar athlete awards

TOWSON -- The school system's Office of Athletics will present the Mildred Murray All Academic Scholar Athlete Award and Scholarship to two high school seniors at 2: 30 p.m. today at Greenwood Administration Building.

The scholarships are given each year to a male and female senior athlete who have maintained 3.5 grade point averages for all quarters and have participated in at least two varsity sports. The award is named for Mildred Murray, former county coordinator of athletics and physical education.

This year's winners are Jonathan Pindrik, who played soccer, indoor track and track and field at Pikesville High School, and Rebecca Woods, who played field hockey, basketball and lacrosse at Patapsco High School.

Man suffers spinal injuries in reservoir swing accident

LONG GREEN -- A 22-year-old man suffered spinal injuries after swinging on a rope into a cliff at Loch Raven Reservoir, fire officials said yesterday.

Thomas Ganzermiller, whose address was not available, had gone to a cove on the east side of the reservoir, said Baltimore County Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Hubbard. Ganzermiller got on a rope swing and hit a rock cliff, Hubbard said.

Paramedics in a boat retrieved Ganzermiller from the reservoir, where he fell after the impact, Hubbard said, and flew him to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. He was in stable but serious condition last night.

In Baltimore City

Fire destroys 2 rowhouses, heavily damages 2 others

A three-alarm fire destroyed two rowhouses and heavily damaged two others, including a bar, early yesterday in Southwest Baltimore's Mill Hill community, fire officials said. A cause has not been determined.

Inspector Michael Maybin, a Fire Department spokesman, said the fire was reported about 1 a.m. in a vacant rowhouse at 2616 St. Benedict St., about six blocks south of Westside Shopping Center. He said the fire spread to three adjacent rowhouses, including the Backstreet Cafe.

Three of the rowhouses were vacant. Maybin said a man who lived in an apartment above the bar, which was closed, escaped the fire unharmed, and two firefighters suffered minor injuries. The fire was declared under control about 2 a.m.

Body of shooting victim found behind bowling alley

The body of a man who had been shot several times was found early Sunday in a car parked behind a bowling alley in Northeast Baltimore, police said.

Officers responding to a report of a shooting found the body of Allen Ringgold, 23, whose address was not available, about 12: 30 a.m. in the driver's seat of a 1987 Pontiac station wagon behind Harford Bowling Lanes in the 6100 block of Harford Road in Hamilton.

Baltimore Ravens to present $15,000 donation to PAL

The Baltimore Ravens football team will present a $15,000 check to the Police Athletic League today -- proceeds from a fund-raising drive in which players donated money based on how well they played.

Several players are expected to join about 50 children and police officials for the presentation at the team's training facility in Owings Mills. Defensive end Michael McCrary pledged $500 for each sack and wide receiver Patrick Johnson pledged $100 for every touchdown catch. Maryland Office Interiors pledged to match a portion of the Ravens' donations.

"Their generosity will help the Police Department continue to provide young people with viable academic challenges and opportunities," said Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier.

Police charge one suspect, seek second in teen's killing

Police charged a man yesterday and were searching for a second suspect in the death of a 17-year-old boy, who was shot Sunday on the playground of a West Baltimore middle school.

Derrick Ray, 21, of the 900 block of N. Monroe St. was charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Devron Baker of the 2000 block of Bentalou St., police said. The shooting occurred about 3 p.m. near Booker T. Washington Middle School in the 1300 block of Madison Ave.

Police said two men approached Baker, who was sitting on a bench, one patted down his jacket and the other shot him several times in the upper body. Detectives said Baker might have had an argument with two men before the shooting.

Pub Date: 6/08/99

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