Regional Digest

Regional Digest

April 03, 2004|By Staff reports

In Baltimore City

Police identify shooting victim in Perring Loch

City police identified yesterday the man who was shot and killed this week in Baltimore's Perring Loch neighborhood as 18-year-old Christian Smallwood of the 2000 block of E. Baltimore St.

Northeastern District officers responding to a call about a shooting in the 1500 block of Winford Road found Smallwood shot in the chest shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday.

The police have no suspects and no motives in the shooting. They asked anyone with information to call detectives Ray Laslett Jr. or Mark Hughes at 410-396-2100.

Crews continue working on water main break

Water was still gushing from a broken main in East Baltimore yesterday, and about 150 homes were without water after public works crews shut down dozens of valves in an effort to stem the flow.

City workers were delivering jugs of water to people living around the ruptured line at North Avenue and Wolfe Street. Workers also opened a fire hydrant so residents could fill containers.

The line broke about 6:30 a.m. Thursday in an area where several mains intersect, including four large ones ranging from 40 inches to 12 inches, said Kurt Kocher, a spokesman for Baltimore's Department of Public Works. It was not clear which line had broken.

The break is one of 448 to occur in Baltimore's system, which also serves surrounding counties, since January. That number is lower than at this time last year, when there were 569 ruptures between January and March. In all, there were 1,190 water main breaks last year.

In Howard County

Woman who was killed by truck on I-70 identified

A 39-year-old Baltimore County woman who was struck and killed by a pickup truck early Thursday on Interstate 70 in Howard County was identified as Judith M. Burkhardt.

Burkhardt, of the 14600 block of Woodbark Lane in Phoenix, was hit about 5:45 a.m. after leaving her disabled car along westbound I-70 east of Bethany Lane, state police said.

Burkhardt was struck by a 2000 Ford truck driven by Allen Cole, despite his attempt to avoid hitting her, police said. Authorities had not filed charges against the driver and were continuing their investigation.

In Maryland

Park Service to join Natural Resources force

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced plans yesterday to assign rangers from the state Forest and Park Service and officers from the Maryland Natural Resources Police to the same state agency.

The consolidation, which will go into effect Jan. 1, adds 108 officers from the Park Service to the Natural Resources force of 177. Together, the 285 officers will enforce laws and regulations covering boating, inland game, parks, commercial seafood harvesting, sport fishing, pollution and resource protection.

Consolidation of the two law enforcement agencies was among recommendations issued last year by the Governor's Commission on Structure and Efficiency of State Government, led by former Gov. Marvin Mandel.

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