Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

April 09, 2003

Man jumps to his death from the Bay Bridge

A man jumped to his death from the Bay Bridge yesterday after driving his vehicle onto the eastbound span.

The body was recovered from the water shortly after 2 p.m. by a Maryland Transportation Authority Police officer and a maintenance worker patrolling the area in a maintenance boat, said Cpl. Greg Prioleau, agency spokesman.

The eastbound slow lane was closed for a short time and reopened after a tow truck removed the vehicle. The closure of the lane caused slight backups at the toll plaza, Prioleau said.

The man, who was age 50, was not identified.

Townhouse fire caused by child with matches

An early-morning fire that badly damaged a Pasadena townhouse was caused by a teen-ager playing with matches, Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman John M. Scholz said yesterday.

The fire started at 7:03 a.m. in the 7900 block of Blue Anchor Court. The resident, her boyfriend and her two children, ages 4 months and 13 years, were in the home but got out safely.

The fire caused $60,000 in damage. It took 39 firefighters about an hour to put out the blaze. Fire investigators determined the 13-year-old accidentally set the fire while playing with fireworks, Scholz said.

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