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February 15, 2000

Driver helping another is injured in collision

A driver who stopped on the Bay Bridge to help another motorist was injured yesterday in a collision that included two tractor-trailer rigs and closed the eastbound span for nearly three hours, authorities reported.

Police said the victim, Paul Hooper, 49, of Denton had stopped in the right lane about 10 a.m. behind a Honda with a flat tire.

Hooper was still in the driver's seat and wearing his seat belt when his Chevy pickup truck was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer and knocked forward into the back of the car. The tractor-trailer was then struck from behind by another rig.

Hooper was flown by a state police helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was listed in good condition last night.

None of the other drivers required hospital treatment, police said. The bridge was reopened at 12: 50 p.m.

Cashed check helps police find suspect in burglary

A stolen check made payable to a suspect led police to the door of a man accused of breaking into the home of a Brooklyn Park couple and departing in their car, county police reported yesterday.

The burglary occurred Feb. 1 at the Pope Street home of an unidentified couple who reported losing nearly $2,000 worth of jewelry, car keys, their 1997 Buick Le- Sabre and a $92 check -- on which the payee line apparently had not been filled out, police said.

Police said the check was cashed the same day at West Side Liquors in Baltimore, with the payee line filled in with the name David Bruchalski.

After the Buick was found parked near his home in the 3800 block of St. Victor St. in the city's Brooklyn area, police obtained a search warrant.

Police said items taken in the burglary were recovered, and that Bruchalski, 30, was arrested Friday and charged with burglary and theft.

Documentary screening is rescheduled for April

A much-publicized screening of Rory Kennedy's award-winning documentary film, "American Hollow," canceled because of snow last month, has been rescheduled for a warmer date -- in April -- at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis.

The benefit program for Maryland Hall and the new Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts will begin at 3: 15 p.m. April 9, with Kennedy, the producer-director, being introduced by her sister, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend.

Tickets are $7; $5 for students. Information: 410-263-5544, 410- 269-1087, or 301-261-1553.

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