Arundel Digest


January 28, 2004

Off-duty officer hit while helping driver who slid on icy road

An off-duty Anne Arundel County police officer was injured yesterday morning when the driver of a van lost control on an icy road and hit him as he was assisting another driver who had slid off Interstate 97, county police said.

Officer Shawn Urbas, who is on leave while he serves with the U.S. Coast Guard at Curtis Bay, pulled over to help a 40-year-old Severna Park man whose Toyota pickup truck had hit a patch of ice and slid onto the left shoulder of I-97 near Quarterfield Road, police said.

About 7:25 a.m., a Ford van driven by Mark Andrew Lukenich, 21, apparently hit a patch of ice and slid into the officer and then into the stopped pickup truck, police said.

Urbas was taken to North Arundel Hospital, where he was being treated for a possible broken leg and a head injury, police said. A hospital spokeswoman said he was in good condition last night and was being kept there for observation. Police are investigating the accident.

Countywide, about 60 ice-related traffic accidents - most fender-benders or cars sliding - occurred between midnight and yesterday afternoon, police said.

Hearing canceled on permit for Valley Proteins facility

The Anne Arundel County Board of Appeals canceled its hearing yesterday on Valley Proteins' permit application due to inclement weather.

The Virginia-based company, whose plant sits at the city-county line near Curtis Bay, is seeking to rebuild its animal-rendering cooker after a fire destroyed it two years ago. Since the fire, the company has been recycling animal grease, a largely odorless operation.

Charles County developer Stephen McAllister, who is buying up parcels of land in the Brooklyn Park-Curtis Bay area for a proposed 1,000-home development, is challenging the company's foundation permit. Residents from the county and the city say strong animal-rendering odors would threaten to derail neighborhood renewal plans.

No new date for the hearing has been scheduled.

Clint Black to sing Friday in Harbor Hospital benefit

Country music star Clint Black will perform an acoustic concert to raise money for the Harbor Hospital Foundation on Friday at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie.

Radio personality Michael J will be host of the event, which will also include music by the band Detour, a dinner buffet with open bar, raffle prizes and a live auction.

All proceeds will benefit the Harbor Hospital Lung Cancer Center Program.

The event will run from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Tickets are sold out, but to be put on a waiting list or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, call 410-350-3639.

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