City/County Digest

City/County Digest

January 13, 2003|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Orange juice train derails; officials hope to open tracks today

Railroad officials were trying to determine yesterday what caused a freight train to derail Saturday night in a Remington underpass, forcing dozens of trains along the Northeast corridor to be rerouted.

Five refrigerated cars of a 43-car train hauling orange juice from Florida to Greenville, N.J., jumped the tracks near Huntingdon Avenue and 26th Street about 8 p.m., and blocked the adjoining set of tracks, said CSX spokeswoman Misty Skipper.

A small amount of diesel fuel used for refrigeration leaked, but was contained and did not pose a hazard, Skipper said. No one was injured, and no juice spilled, she said.

Wet ground and cool weekend temperatures delayed efforts to remove the rail cars, Skipper said, adding that CSX hoped to reopen the tracks by this morning.

Fatal shooting victim left outside hospital identified

Baltimore police identified yesterday a man whose body was dumped in front of Harbor Hospital's emergency room Saturday night.

Michael Nichol Jr., 19, of the 600 block of Hillview Road in South Baltimore was pronounced dead at the hospital. He was shot five times outside a Cherry Hill shopping center earlier that night, police said.

Hospital employees said Nichol was dropped off at the emergency room by two or three people in a white Ford Crown Victoria. The car, riddled with bullet holes, was later found abandoned in the hospital parking lot, police said.

City man recovering after being shot twice

A Baltimore man was shot twice yesterday and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Ronie Truesdale, 22, was shot in the side and the ankle near his home in the 700 block of Appleton St. about 1:15 a.m., police said.

He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was treated and released. No arrests had been made yesterday.

In Baltimore County

Hairston expected to deliver proposed budget tomorrow

TOWSON - Superintendent Joe A. Hairston is expected to present his proposed 2003-2004 operating budget when the Baltimore County school board meets at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Educational Support Services Building, 6901 Charles St.

The meeting will be preceded by a closed session, at 4:30 p.m., at which personnel appointments and resignations will be discussed. No public business is scheduled to be discussed.

The public is invited to attend all open sessions.

County police TV show to feature pedestrian safety

TOWSON - Pedestrian safety and criminal analysis will be highlighted on the next edition of Police Report, the Baltimore County Police Department's cable TV program, which begins airing today.

Guests will include Officer Charles Beeler from the traffic management unit, Capt. Richard Weih, commander of the criminal analysis section, and Phil Cantor, chief statistician in the analysis unit.

The 30-minute program, which also features information on neighborhood crime trends, will be broadcast through Feb. 7 on Comcast Channel 25 in Baltimore County at 8:30 p.m. Mondays, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

Center to participate in national reading project

CATONSVILLE - Catonsville Senior Center has been selected by the National Institute of Senior Centers and Greyhound Bus Co. as one of five senior centers nationwide to participate in an intergenerational reading project.

On Thursday, members of the center's creative writing class will visit kindergarten classes at Hillcrest Elementary School in Catonsville, where they will read to pupils. A reception will follow.

The Catonsville center, at 501 N. Rolling Road, is one of 18 nationally accredited senior centers operated by the county Department of Aging. Information: 410-887-0900.

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