In Baltimore County Water pressure drops in northwest...



In Baltimore County

Water pressure drops in northwest areas after valve breaks

OWINGS MILLS -- A broken valve caused four pumps at a pumping station in Owings Mills to shut down yesterday morning, causing water pressure to drop in some northwest Baltimore County neighborhoods.

The valve broke Tuesday night or early yesterday, which caused flooding at the station and the pumps to stop, said Kurt L. Kocher, spokesman for the Baltimore Department of Public Works.

Owings Mills and Reisterstown residents may have experienced low water pressure yesterday morning, said Kocher, adding that pressure was back to normal by afternoon. The Hannah More School closed early yesterday because students couldn't get fresh water, a school official said.

Tractor-trailer fire causes section of I-695 to close

CATONSVILLE -- Maryland State Police closed part of Interstate 695 in the Catonsville area yesterday due to a tractor-trailer fire.

The fire closed the Beltway between the Wilkens Avenue and Frederick Road exits from 2:10 p.m. to 3:40 p.m. No one was injured.

Event to honor bravery of officers, civilians today

PIKESVILLE -- Two hundred police officers and civilians were to be honored for valor and dedication in a ceremony at 10 a.m. today in the gymnasium at state police headquarters, Reisterstown Road and Sudbrook Lane.

At the ceremony, Col. David B. Mitchell, state police superintendent, will present the "Trooper of the Year" award.

Villa Julie announces teaching award recipients

STEVENSON -- Patricia McNalley Ellis, professor of business and law, and Robert Chee-Mooke, lecturer/assistant professor of philosophy, are the recipients of Villa Julie College's annual Excellence in Teaching Award.

Excellence in Teaching Award winners are chosen by Villa Julie's graduating students, administration, faculty and staff.

In Baltimore City

Companies agree to help pay for cleanup at site

Two federal agencies have settled with the customers of an abandoned East Baltimore paint factory to help pay for cleaning up thousands of gallons of marine paint, solvents and hazardous chemicals left at the site.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice filed the agreement this week in U.S. District Court here. Under the agreement, Jotun A/S and Jotun Marine Coatings Inc., Ameron International Corp. and the Valspar Corp. will pay nearly $800,000 of the $1.5 million project at the former Ainsworth Paint and Chemical Co. at 3200 E. Biddle St.

Ainsworth has gone bankrupt and is unable to pay, but the other companies were liable for the costs because they had contracts with Ainsworth to manufacture and store paint, said EPA spokeswoman Ruth Wuenschel.

Police identify woman found beaten to death

Wanda Smith, 31, of the 300 block of N. Carey St. was identified by police yesterday as the woman whose body was found Monday in West Baltimore.

Detective Donald Kramer said Smith, who also was known as Wanda Jefferson, was identified through fingerprints. He said Smith, who was the mother of at least one child, was beaten to death.

The body was discovered by a passerby about 11:30 a.m. near a trailer at Harbor City High School in the 1000 block of W. Saratoga St., Kramer said. Anyone with information is urged to call him or Detective Marvin Sydnor at 410- 396-2100.

Celebration to launch summer reading program

Maryland's public libraries will begin the second year of a statewide summer reading program for children, "Buggy About Reading," at 1 p.m. Monday at the central Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St.

The program, aimed to encourage children to keep up their reading skills through the summer, will feature library mascots from around the state and other guests for a parade and storytelling.

Children may also sign up for the summer programs at their local public libraries. Information: 410-396-5494.

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