Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

January 22, 2004

Two workers injured in electrical panel explosion at BWI

Two workers at Baltimore-Washington International Airport were injured Tuesday night after an electrical panel near one of the baggage areas exploded.

The workers were adjusting the electrical panel on a heat source outside one of the baggage areas about 8:30 p.m. when the explosion occurred, said BWI spokesman Jonathan Dean. Both workers were flown to the burn unit at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. One was released, and the other was still being treated yesterday. Dean said he didn't have the workers' names.

The airport's heat went out for about two hours but was restored by 10:30 p.m. No flights were disrupted, and Dean said officials received no passenger complaints about lack of heat.

Pasadena man charged with rape and burglary

Pasadena resident Charles Michael Kling, 33, has been charged with first-degree rape and first-degree burglary in connection with an incident near his home Friday, Anne Arundel County police said.

Kling, of the 3600 block of Handel Court, was being held without bail last night at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on Jennifer Road.

On Friday evening, a 19-year-old woman was attacked in her apartment during a break-in. Kling turned himself in Tuesday afternoon at the Eastern District police station on Mountain Road, police said.

County adopts master plan for Odenton Town Center

After more than three decades of discussions and plans, Odenton is a big step closer to getting its long-desired town center.

On Tuesday, the Anne Arundel County Council adopted the Odenton Town Center Master Plan. It calls for developing the area near Routes 32, 170 and 175 with a mix of retail, residential and office space that will link Odenton's core to its MARC train station and its historic district.

County planners called 35 years ago for Odenton to become one of three town centers, and several Odenton residents and business people have been refining the plan since 1990.

"Naturally, I'm pleased that it's finally done, and I'm looking forward to the follow-up pieces," said Jay Winer, the former chairman of the Odenton Town Center Oversight Committee and a local developer. Winer said construction could begin as early as spring.

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