City/County Digest

City/County Digest

April 17, 2003|By From staff reports

In Baltimore City

Security precautions lifted on exit ramp off Interstate 95

The reduction in the national security threat level from orange to yellow should mean the reduction of headaches for motorists and truckers trying to get into and through Baltimore.

The state reopened the Russell Street exit ramp off Interstate 95 northbound yesterday afternoon, providing drivers with a second route into downtown, and suspended the practice of inspecting every truck at the Caton Avenue exit on I-95 north.

The truck inspections and ramp closure began March 18, one day before the start of the war in Iraq. State officials said random checks remain a possibility.

Woman, 23, charged in son's beating death

A West Baltimore mother has been charged with first-degree murder in the beating death of her infant son, police said yesterday.

Keisha Carr, 23, of the 800 block of W. Fayette St. was arrested and charged Tuesday night after telling detectives that she shook her son, David Allan Carr, who died Feb. 12, police said.

The state medical examiner ruled the death a homicide last week, saying that the baby had several significant injuries, including a broken skull, ribs and leg. Some of the injuries were relatively old and in the process of healing. The boy also had pneumonia because he could not properly breathe through his broken ribs, police said.

School police officer goes on trial today in boy's death

Jury selection begins today in the trial of a former Baltimore City school system police officer accused in a fatal on-duty shooting of a 14-year-old boy.

Marlon Rene Lynch, 29, was indicted in the fall on a second-degree murder charge in the killing April 6, 2002, of Northern High School freshman Samuel Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald was standing behind Leithwalk Elementary School in Northeast Baltimore, smoking marijuana and drinking with a companion at 1 a.m. when he was shot in the head. Police charged Lynch, who was in uniform and making routine rounds of city schools, with firing his department-issued handgun at the boy. Lynch's attorney, Warren A. Brown, claims the shooting was in self-defense.

City urges residents to report potholes

Know of any potholes? Please call 311. The city Department of Transportation is urging residents to "keep reporting those pesky potholes," as it says in a news release issued yesterday.

"Over 32,000 potholes have already been filled by city crews," Tony Wallnofer, chief of the maintenance division, states in the release. "But with the unusual mix of cold and warm temperatures this season, many of the patches just end up being temporary fixes."

During the winter, hot asphalt is not readily available, and less-durable "cold asphalt patches" are used, according to the department, which "guaranteed" that reported potholes will be repaired within 48 hours.

In Baltimore County

Elkridge man dies when car hits tree, truck, two houses

LANSDOWNE - A Howard County man was killed yesterday morning when his speeding car crossed Washington Boulevard and slammed into a truck and two houses, Baltimore County police said. No other injuries were reported.

Police said Travis Aaron Vanderhout, 20, of the 8000 block of St. Jean Way in Elkridge was driving north in a 1995 Mitsubishi Spyder about 1:40 a.m., when he crossed the center line and hit an embankment at Wilson Avenue. The car hit a stop sign and utility pole before striking a tree, the front of a house in the 3300 block of Washington Blvd., a parked dump truck and a second house, police said.

Vanderhout was thrown from the car. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said, adding that damage to the houses was superficial.

Children back with mother after reported abducted

ROSEDALE - Two young children who were reportedly abducted from their Rosedale home, prompting activation of the statewide Amber Alert system, were returned unharmed to their mother yesterday, Baltimore County police said.

Police questioned but did not arrest the mother's former boyfriend, Juan Edward Davis Sr., 25, who took the children Tuesday evening. The couple's accounts of what happened differed and it will likely be today before detectives sort out the details, said Bill Toohey, a police spokesman.

Juan Edward Davis Jr., 2, and his half-sister, Trinity Deandra Norris, 3, were found by police at the home of a Davis relative in West Baltimore about 8 a.m. and were returned to their mother, Dena Robin Hunt, 28, Toohey said. The report of their disappearance ignited an Amber Alert, which uses media and highway signs to notify the public of child abductions.

Lutherville fourth-grader wins wildlife essay contest

LUTHERVILLE - A fourth-grader at Lutherville Laboratory Elementary School has been named Maryland grand-prize winner in a national essay contest on protecting endangered wildlife.

Austin Davis won a trip to Los Angeles this month, where he will visit the zoo and meet naturalist Jim Fowler. He will be honored at his school Tuesday.

Austin wrote about the dwarf wedgemussel, a mollusk that lives in East Coast streambeds and drainage areas. The contest was sponsored by Mutual of Omaha.

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