City/County Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

April 09, 2003|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Tour bus driver charged in crash in Harbor Tunnel

The driver of a tour bus that crashed head-on into a sport utility vehicle in the Harbor Tunnel on Monday night, injuring a Baltimore County couple, has been charged with traffic violations, the Maryland Transportation Authority Police said yesterday.

Zhen Ming, 46, a driver for Eastern Travel Inc. of New York, was heading for Washington about 8:30 p.m. when he crossed a double line and crashed into a northbound 1994 Nissan Pathfinder driven by Teodoro H. Vasquez Jr., 35, of the first block of Landmark Court in Essex, said Cpl. Greg Prioleau, a police spokesman. Vasquez and his wife, Sheila, 35, were treated for minor injuries at Harbor Hospital. No one on the bus was injured.

The northbound tube was shut down for maintenance, and the southbound tube was being used for two-way traffic at the time of the crash. Ming was charged with crossing a double line and negligent driving, Prioleau said.

Cyclist killed in accident identified as county man

A motorcyclist killed Sunday night in a collision at a Northeast Baltimore intersection was identified yesterday by city police as a 31-year-old Baltimore County man.

Antoine Lamont Dowdy of the 7200 block of Orth Road in Edgemere was riding a Kawasaki east in the 3800 block of Echodale Ave. about 7:10 p.m. over the crest of a hill when he struck the driver's side of a Cadillac, police said. The Cadillac was traveling north in the 5200 block of Biddison Ave. after stopping at the intersection for a stop sign, police said.

Dowdy died a short time later at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Police said that two occupants of the Cadillac were not injured and that the accident is being investigated.

Board to hold hearing on changes at schools

The Baltimore school board will hold a public hearing tomorrow to discuss changes to a number of south-side schools.

Those schools are: Federal Hill Preparatory School, Cherry Hill, Patapsco and Anne Arundel elementary/middle schools, Dr. Carter G. Woodson Elementary, Southside Academy and Benjamin Franklin Junior High.

The hearing will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Southside Academy, 2700 Seamon Ave.

In Baltimore County

Smith to hold forums on security preparations

TOWSON - Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. will hold three public forums next week on the county's homeland security preparations.

Smith will be joined by county police, fire, health and emergency preparedness officials, who will make presentations and take questions.

The meetings will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at the lodge at Oregon Ride Park, 13401 Beaver Dam Road; Tuesday at Catonsville Senior Center, 501 N. Rolling Road; and April 16 at the Eastern Regional Park Community Center, 11723 Eastern Ave. in Chase.

Rep. Cardin to discuss Iraq war at Towson U.

TOWSON - Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin will hold a town hall meeting Monday at Towson University to discuss the war in Iraq and the U.S. role in the conflict.

Cardin, who served as a commissioner on the Helsinki Commission, has called for an Iraqi war crimes tribunal to try top Iraqi officials for crimes against humanity, genocide and other criminal violations of international law.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Student Union on Osler Drive.

Missing girl, 12, returns home safely on her own

ESSEX - A 12-year-old girl missing since Sunday night returned home safely on her own, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Elizabeth Hamilton of the 800 block of Martin Road was upset about problems at home when she ran away, police said. But she returned Monday evening to her parents, who had been searching for her, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a county police spokesman.

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