City/County Digest


April 26, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

City man, 33, dies after car crashes, burns in I-95 accident

ARBUTUS -- A Baltimore City man died yesterday morning after his car ran off Interstate 95 near Arbutus, slammed into a tree and burst into flames, state police said.

The driver, 33-year-old Rodger Darnel Jenkins, was traveling north about 7:15 a.m. when his 2000 Chevrolet Malibu swerved across three lanes and ran off the roadway, police said.

Jenkins, of the 200 block of S. Payson St., was rescued from the burning car and was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police said the cause of the crash has not been determined, and that the only witness -- the person who reported it -- indicated that the car was not speeding before it began to swerve.

Sarbanes to discuss civic engagement tonight

TOWSON -- Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes is scheduled to talk about civic engagement and why participation in the electoral process matters tonight at Towson University.

The talk -- part of the university's graduate lecture series -- is free and open to the public. A reception in the campus' University Union Potomac Lounge will begin at 7 p.m. followed by the lecture and question-and-answer session at 7:30 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the College of Graduate Education and Research and the College of Liberal Arts.

Project under way to add sidewalks near rail stop

TIMONIUM -- A project is under way to add sidewalks, lighting and landscaping improvements near the Timonium Business Park light rail stop, state transit administration officials said.

The improvements are planned along Greenspring Drive, which has no sidewalks on its east side, and Business Park Drive, which has none on its south side. A state grant will pay for $400,000 of the work, and Baltimore County is to contribute $100,000 for engineering and construction drawings.

Curbs, gutters and storm drains are also to be built. The project is to be completed in mid-June.

In Baltimore City

Madison St. entrance ramp to JFX to reopen in June

The Madison Street entrance ramp to the northbound Jones Falls Expressway is scheduled to reopen in mid-June, almost a year after it was closed as part of the highway's reconstruction project, transportation officials said last week.

The ramp, in midtown Baltimore, is a popular route to the JFX for downtown workers. It carried about 1,200 cars per hour before being shut down, and its reopening should relieve pressure from the clogged Charles Street entrance ramp near Penn Station.

The reconstruction of the midtown portion of the JFX, a $12.5 million project that began two years ago, is scheduled to be finished Aug. 15. At that time, the highway will be three lanes in each direction. The Maryland Avenue exit ramp and the North Avenue entrance ramp will remain closed until August.

Special Olympics of Md. begin tomorrow at Hopkins

More than 1,200 people are expected to participate in the 35th annual Special Olympics of Maryland tomorrow and Thursday at Homewood Field at the Johns Hopkins University campus.

Participants from 43 area schools and The Arc of Baltimore will compete in track and field, the standing long jump, the 400-meter run, a wheelchair race and a softball throw.

The competition begins with a parade at 10:45 a.m. tomorrow, followed by events from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It continues Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Admission is free. People interested in volunteering to help the athletes should come to the stadium and report to the information desk at the track.

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