Regional Digest


October 25, 2003|By From staff reports

In Maryland

State officials warn of Bay Bridge backups tomorrow

The Maryland Transportation Authority has a simple message for Ravens fans on the Eastern Shore who are planning to attend tomorrow's 1 p.m. home game: If you use the Bay Bridge between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m., you'll likely be stuck in traffic.

Still reeling from last Sunday's 12-mile westbound backup and 5-mile eastbound backup, state transportation officials fear that the Ravens game will dump even more vehicles onto the bridge, where a redecking and resurfacing project began this month.

The center lane of the three-lane westbound span closed Oct. 13 and will not reopen until Nov. 26 as part of the bridge's $60 million project.

In Baltimore City

JFX lane restrictions to begin tomorrow

There will be nighttime lane restrictions on portions of the northbound and southbound Jones Falls Expressway beginning tomorrow and continuing through Thursday, the Department of Transportation announced.

Along the northbound expressway, the lane restrictions will occur between Eager and Charles streets. Along the southbound expressway, the lane closings will be between North Avenue and St. Paul Street.

The lane restrictions will take place from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained while the work is done.

In Anne Arundel

Negotiations clear way for Bloomsbury opening

ANNAPOLIS -- The developers of the long-delayed Bloomsbury Square public housing project agreed yesterday to drop a lawsuit against the state and Annapolis' housing authority, clearing the way for residents to move into the new townhouses Nov. 3.

A&R Development Corp. filed suit last month, saying the state withheld nearly $1 million in payments because A&R put bonds guaranteeing the quality of their work in its contractor's name.

After nearly a month of negotiations, the state and housing authority agreed to keep the bonds in the contractor's name. The state is developing the 51-unit housing project overlooking College Creek, and the housing authority will administer it.

In Baltimore County

Man sentenced to 35 years in college student's shooting

TOWSON -- The man who shot a college student in his parent's Reisterstown driveway last year was sentenced to 35 years in prison yesterday.

Jeremy Alisaid, 24, pleaded guilty in Baltimore County Circuit Court to attempted murder in August for shooting twice at Ian Mitchell, also 24, as Mitchell ran from Alisaid and an accomplice. One of those bullets struck Mitchell in the head, the other missed.

Mitchell survived, and police soon arrested Alisaid, who lived nearby in Reisterstown. Alisaid's accomplice, David W. Sies, is serving a 10-year term in the shooting.

Warrant charges suspect in rape at Lochearn home

TOWSON -- Baltimore County police are trying to locate a rape suspect identified as Edward Leon Medley, 43, who may frequent the Reisterstown Shopping Center area.

Medley has been charged in a warrant in the rape of a woman at knifepoint Jan. 13 in her home in the Lochearn area. Medley was tied to the sexual attack through DNA evidence collected several months later, police said.

The last known address for Medley, who is also known as Lee, was in the 3600 block of Forest Hill Road, though police say he may now be homeless. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 410-276-8888.

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