In Baltimore County Woman charged in Harford abduction...

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September 02, 2001|By From staff reports

In Baltimore County

Woman charged in Harford abduction escapes from hospital

CATONSVILLE - A woman awaiting trial on charges of abducting a Harford County girl escaped from the Spring Grove Hospital Center in Catonsville early yesterday, a Harford sheriff's department spokesman said.

Maria L. Baughman, 49, escaped from the state mental hospital with another, unidentified patient, said Sgt. Joseph Mina, the spokesman. J. B. Hanson, a spokesman for the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, refused to offer further details.

Baughman was charged with child abduction and 29 counts of forgery after she was found in Hampton, Va., in May with 9-year-old Caitlyn Crowther, a child she once baby-sat. She won temporary custody of Caitlyn through the courts before the mother regained custody in February. By that point, Baughman and the child had disappeared.

Police investigate collision that killed Parkton man, 71

MOUNT CARMEL - Baltimore County police continued to investigate yesterday a head-on automobile collision on Mt. Carmel Road that killed a 71-year-old Parkton man.

Wilbur Grant Mays of the 2200 block of Mt. Carmel Road was pronounced dead at the scene after the 1994 Buick Century he was a passenger in collided with a 1990 Ford S250 truck Friday night at Mt. Carmel Road and Prettyboy Dam Road, police said.

County police said Mays and his wife were traveling west on Mt. Carmel Road when the eastbound truck driven by Michael Craig Wagner, 28, of the 1100 block of Shawan Road crossed the center line and struck the Buick head-on. The driver of the Buick, Beverly Janice Mays, 60, was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center, where she was treated and released. Police said Wagner refused treatment at the scene.

In Carroll County

Finksburg woman killed in crash along Route 140

WESTMINSTER - A 22-year-old Finksburg woman was killed early yesterday in an automobile crash on Route 140. Amanda Christine Adams was attempting to cross the westbound lanes on Route 140 from southbound Cedarhurst Road when her 1994 Pontiac Sunbird was struck by a Chevy Geo Tracker, police said.

Adams was transported to the Carroll County Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Passenger Christopher David Adams, 18, was flown by helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was treated and released.

The other driver, Eugene William Hockley, 41, of the 4500 block of Carlisle Road in Gardners, Pa., was not injured, police said. No charges will be filed against Hockley, police said.

In Anne Arundel

Body of Hanover man, 19, found along rail tracks

DORSEY - The body of a 19-year-old man was discovered yesterday morning along the railroad tracks of the Dorsey MARC station, Anne Arundel County police reported.

Daniel Wagner of Hanover was found about 9 a.m. by CSX crew members who called police after they saw his body lying next to the MARC tracks.

County police said it appears Wagner was struck by a train, but they were awaiting the results of a medical examiner's report.

In Maryland

Power returns for most after lightning storm

Electricity was restored to thousands in the Baltimore metropolitan area yesterday as crews repaired equipment damaged by a storm Friday night that hit the area with lightning and rain.

More than 14,000 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers had their power restored, BGE spokesman Clay Perry said. A total of 354 customers were still without power - 327 of them in the city - by yesterday afternoon, but Perry said crews expected to restore service by late yesterday.

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