In Baltimore City Structural problems lead to closing...

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October 13, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Structural problems lead to closing of Fort Avenue bridge

Baltimore officials shut down the Fort Avenue bridge leading to Fort McHenry yesterday afternoon after a city public works engineer found deteriorating concrete in one of the structure's supports.

The bridge, owned by CSX, will likely be closed for six months, said Robert H. Murrow, a spokesman for the Department of Public Works. CSX will make the repairs, he said.

The city engineer found problems in one of the supports about 4 p.m., and officials immediately closed the bridge, Murrow said. City officials have set up a detour that begins at Fort Avenue and Andre Street.

Memorial set tomorrow where officers were killed

Baltimore police will hold a memorial service at noon tomorrow at a Northeast Baltimore intersection where two police officers were killed a year ago by a drunken driver.

Mayor Martin O'Malley will join police officials as they place a plaque commemorating the officers' deaths near Glenmore and Alta avenues. Officers John D. Platt and Kevin J. McCarthy were killed when their patrol car was hit Oct. 14. Shane Daniel Weiss, 26, was sentenced last month to six years in prison for driving while intoxicated and two counts of involuntary manslaughter.

Pedestrian, 42, dies after truck hits her

A 42-year-old woman was struck and killed by a city trash truck yesterday as she walked across the 4200 block of Edmondson Ave. in West Baltimore, police said.

Yolanda Holloway of the 400 block of Edsdale Road was hit about 4:20 p.m. Witnesses told police they saw her crossing Edmondson Avenue with her head down, police said. She was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she died.

Police said the accident appears to have been caused by pedestrian error.

In Baltimore County

Lawsuit filed over paying for industrial site cleanup

ROSEDALE - Lawyers for Baltimore County filed suit in U.S. District Court in Baltimore this week seeking a court order requiring an Irish insurance firm to pay for the cleanup of the 68th Street Dump/Industrial Enterprise site.

The lawsuit maintains that the county held a policy with the Insurance Company of Ireland and Icarom PLC from 1983 to 1986 when the 165-acre site in Rosedale was being damaged by contaminated soil, surface water and ground water. The county acquired about 14 acres of the site in a series of acquisitions during the 1960s, according to the lawsuit.

The Environmental Protection Agency has notified county officials that the property might be placed on its list of Superfund cleanup sites, and that the county might be responsible for some of the cleanup costs, the suit says.

In Anne Arundel

Police warn of traffic woes for powerboat show, game

ANNAPOLIS - Police are warning motorists to expect major traffic delays in downtown Annapolis because the U.S. Powerboat Show coincides with the Naval Academy's homecoming football game today.

Visitors not attending either event may wish to avoid the area, police said yesterday. Peak traffic times are expected to be from 10 a.m. to noon and 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Time limits will be enforced at metered parking spaces, and vehicles exceeding the two-hour limit will be towed, officials said. Boat show parking will be available at lots off Riva Road. Roads along Taylor Avenue and Rowe Boulevard will be closed briefly for the brigade of midshipmen to march from the academy to the stadium.

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