Regional Digest

Regional Digest

March 14, 2004|By From staff reports

In Howard County

2 riding motorcycle killed after crossing lanes, hitting barrier

ELLICOTT CITY -- Two men died early yesterday after a speeding motorcyclist failed to negotiate a curve on Route 100, crossed three lanes of traffic and slammed into a guardrail, Howard County police said.

Jan Medo, 41, of the 5600 block of Waterloo Road in Columbia was driving the Kawasaki ZX900 motorcycle east on Route 100 near Long Gate Parkway when the crash occurred at 4:18 a.m., police said.

Medo and a passenger, Dal Park, 20, of the 7700 block of Blueberry Hill Lane, Ellicott City, were thrown from the motorcycle and died at the scene.

The motorcycle skidded to a stop in the eastbound lanes of Route 100, where it was struck by a 1990 Honda Prelude driven by a 46-year-old Ellicott City woman. The woman was not injured, police said.

In Baltimore City

Police release names of 3 shooting victims

Police released the names yesterday of three men who were fatally shot in separate incidents Friday in Baltimore.

Wade Walker, 32, no address available, died in a 10 a.m. shooting at Pimlico Fried Chicken in the 3700 block of W. Belvedere Ave., according to Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman. A gunman entered the restaurant and opened fire. Police withheld the identity of another person, who was taken to Sinai Hospital with a gunshot wound to the left shoulder.

A fatal shooting occurred 2 1/2 hours later about a mile away in the 4200 block of Reisterstown Road. Police said David Walker, 21, of the 5400 block of Greenhill Ave. was pronounced dead at the scene of gunshot wounds to his head and upper torso. David Walker, who was not related to the man killed in the earlier shooting, was confronted by two men in ski masks, at least one of whom fired a handgun, police said.

The third fatal shooting victim was Antonio Reaves, 21, of the 3700 block of Bayonne Ave., police said. He was found dead outside a rowhouse in the 1200 block of N. Bond St. in East Baltimore with two gunshot wounds to his head, police said.

In Maryland

Landlords' group wants lead paint cases out of bill

ANNAPOLIS -- The landlords' lobby in Annapolis said Friday that it would propose changes to a liability bill it supports to clarify that cases of lead paint exposure would not be covered by the legislation.

The Sun reported Friday that advocates for children's health were concerned that the broadly drawn bill would relieve landlords of liability in most cases of lead poisoning on their properties. The legislation would have imposed the legal burden on tenants to show they had notified landlords of hazards before the property owners could be held liable for injuries.

Michael Gisriel, legislative counsel for the Maryland Multi-Housing Association, said the landlords' group never intended to include lead paint cases in the bill. "There was no bad intent, but we understand how it may have looked," Gisriel said.

In Kent County

Woman's body discovered at beach near Betterton

BETTERTON -- Police are seeking the public's help in identifying the body of a woman discovered yesterday morning at a beach near this Kent County town.

The death of the woman -- about 55 to 65 years old -- is not believed to be associated with any of the area's recent boating accidents, including the March 6 capsizing of a Seaport Taxi in Baltimore, state Natural Resources police said. Her body was recovered about 10 a.m. on the beach of Lloyd Creek.

The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy. Anyone with information is asked to call Cpl. Robert Alexander of the Department of Natural Resources at 443-386-8250 or 800-628-9944.

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