In Baltimore County
Council approves stricter zoning rules for medical facilities
TOWSON - The Baltimore County Council unanimously approved stricter zoning regulations last night for methadone clinics and other medical facilities.
Responding to proposals for two methadone clinics within a half-mile of each other in Pikesville, Councilman Kevin Kamenetz, a Democrat who represents the area, proposed restrictions to keep the facilities in manufacturing, business or office zones, provided they are at least 750 feet from residential property.
Community activists cheered the bill, saying they feared the treatment centers would flood their neighborhoods with traffic and create parking problems. Drug treatment advocates opposed the bill, saying it ran counter to a federal court ruling in 2000 that held a county law restricting methadone clinics to certain zones was a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Truck driver seriously hurt when rig overturns on I-83
PARKTON - Maryland State Police are investigating an accident early yesterday in which a tractor-trailer slid down an embankment on Interstate 83 and overturned, seriously injuring the driver.
Larry V. Ridgeway, 53, of Cheswold, Del., was driving a load of processed chicken north near the Parkton exit about 3:30 a.m., when the truck headed down the embankment in the highway median, police said. Ridgeway was found about four hours later by bicyclists.
Ridgeway was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was in serious but stable condition, police said.
Eastern Tech principal joins high school task force
ESSEX - Eastern Technical High School Principal Robert J. Kemmery Jr. has been named to the new High School Task Force sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
The panel will identify key issues that affect high school principals and offer ways to deal with those challenges.
Kemmery serves as president of the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals. He was chosen for the 12-member task force for his success in raising student achievement and implementing high school reforms at Eastern.
In Baltimore City
Woman found dead behind school is identified
A woman whose partially clad body was found Wednesday behind Harford Heights Elementary School has been identified as 37-year-old Valerie Wynder, a resident of the McElderry Park section of East Baltimore, but the cause of death remained unknown, city police said yesterday.
Wynder, who lived in the 2700 block of Orleans St. and was the mother of at least one child, was identified through fingerprints, said homicide Detective Darren Sanders, adding that the death has been listed as "questionable" pending the results of an autopsy, including toxicology tests.
Anyone with information about Wynder's death is asked to contact Sanders or Detective Robert Cherry at 410-396-2100.
Board protecting children seeks volunteer members
The Citizens' Review Board for Children, which provides oversight of systems that protect children from abuse and neglect, is seeking new board members with experience in child welfare, law, health and education.
Board members review cases of children who are in out-of-home placement for six months or more. Those interested in the volunteer position must be able to commit one weekday each month, on the same day every month. Volunteers are appointed by the governor to serve a four-year term and receive free training.
Applications or information: 443-552-2074.