In Maryland Strong winds cause blackouts, force closure...

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February 02, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Maryland

Strong winds cause blackouts, force closure of roads

Northwest winds that gusted up to 55 mph yesterday left about 7,000 Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers without power and briefly forced the closing of some roads, but otherwise caused few problems, authorities said.

Those left without power by the winds - which ushered in cold air that brought an end to the unseasonably warm temperatures - were "scattered throughout the system," with 1,500 of them in Carroll County, BGE spokesman Karl Neddenien said. Crews expected to have power restored by this morning, he said.

Traffic signals were blown down on North Avenue at the Jones Falls Expressway near Bolton Hill and at Route 40 West in Catonsville, police said.

Man convicted in connection with robberies in Howard

A federal jury convicted Armistead D. Myers on Thursday on conspiracy and weapons charges in connection with a string of holdups in Howard County, including one in 1999 in which Myers is accused of brandishing an AK-47 assault rifle in a Giant Food store.

Myers, 28, was convicted after a three-day jury trial in U.S. District Court. He faces up to 20 years in prison at a sentencing hearing April 26 before District Judge Catherine C. Blake.

The federal case marked the second time Myers stood trial in connection with the Giant Food robbery. Myers was acquitted of state robbery and assault charges in 2000.

In Baltimore City

Temperatures hit record high of 75 degrees

Temperatures in Baltimore climbed to a record 75 degrees yesterday - the normal high for this time of year in Miami - before a cold front swept through.

The reading at Baltimore-Washington International Airport at 2:27 p.m. was 33 degrees above normal. It broke the old 71-degree record for Feb. 1, last tied in 1989.

January temperatures have average 39.2 degrees at BWI, which is 6.9 degrees above normal.

In Prince George's

Five killed, three hurt in three-vehicle crash

LARGO - Five people were killed last night when a Ford Explorer jumped a guard rail on the inner loop of the Capital Beltway and landed on a Ford Windstar minivan traveling in the opposite direction, state police said.

The driver of the Explorer died after being thrown from the vehicle. Four occupants of the van also were killed in the collision, which occurred shortly after 8 p.m., said Cpl. Robert Moroney.

A 38-year-old woman and two children, ages 1 and 3, were injured when the Jeep in which they were traveling struck the minivan after it was hit by the Explorer, Moroney said. All three were hospitalized in fair condition, he said.

The identities of the crash victims were not immediately available.

Man, 47, sentenced for selling fake caviar

GREENBELT - The owner of a New York-based caviar company, caught in an undercover sting trying to sell counterfeit caviar to gourmet stores in the Washington area, will serve two years in prison and pay $185,000 in fines, the Justice Department said Thursday.

Alfred Yazback, 47, president and owner of Connoisseur Brands Ltd., admitted selling domestic fish eggs as imported caviar to various gourmet stores.

In Harford County

Discovery of burning object in school forces evacuation

JOPPATOWNE - Joppatowne High School was briefly evacuated yesterday morning after a student discovered an "incendiary device" in a classroom shortly before the school day began, said a spokesman for the state fire marshal.

About 7:45 a.m., a student went into a computer lab on the first floor of the school, where he discovered the device smoldering on the floor, said W. Faron Taylor, deputy state fire marshal.

The student screamed for help and teachers activated the fire alarms, evacuating the school. Teachers used a fire extinguisher to douse the device, and school began on time at 8 a.m., Taylor said.

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