Regional Digest

Regional Digest

May 16, 2004

In Baltimore City

School shooting victim released from hospital

A student wounded in a shooting at Randallstown High School was released yesterday from Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Andre Mellerson, a sophomore, was discharged eight days after being shot in the shoulder May 7 at the Baltimore County school. The student most seriously injured in the attack, William Thomas, remained in serious condition last night at the Shock Trauma Center, according to the spokeswoman.

The other wounded students, Alex Brown and Marcus McLain, were released after being treated at area hospitals. Police have charged four people, including a Randallstown High student, with attempted first-degree murder in the incident.

In Allegany County

DNR opens hiking trail in Green Ridge State Forest

LITTLE ORLEANS - The Department of Natural Resources opened the first new hiking trail in Green Ridge State Forest in 30 years Friday, offering nature lovers a new way to enjoy the Western Maryland woodland.

The moderately difficult 2-mile footpath through stands of oak, hickory and pine connects with another trail to make a 4-mile loop. The other three hiking trails in the 44,000-acre forest are linear paths, meaning people must backtrack to return to their cars.

The new trail is named Twin Oaks after an old one-room schoolhouse near the trailhead, located 4 miles off Interstate 68 down dusty forest roads. Like a backpacker trail the DNR also is building in Green Ridge and snowshoe trails planned for Savage River State Forest, the Twin Oaks trail is deliberately remote.

"We're providing recreation in natural, undeveloped places that people can get away to within a two-hour, three-hour drive," said Nita Settina, chief of resource-based recreation. "One of the primary roles of state parks, I believe, is to provide people with a national parks-type experience closer to home."

In Wicomico County

Delmar to hold hearing on new scooter ordinances

DELMAR - A public hearing will be held May 24 to discuss proposed ordinances that would hold scooter riders to the same standards as anyone else on the road in town.

Motorized scooters and scooters operated by foot pedal have become popular with young people, and Delmar Town Manager Sara Bynum-King said the town has received complaints and questions about proper use of the scooters.

Officials on both sided of the town that straddles the Maryland-Delaware line have considered ordinances since last fall.

In Worcester County

Ocean City panel rejects ban on new construction

OCEAN CITY - The Ocean City planning board voted last week against recommending a moratorium on new construction.

There was no evidence that new development would create a town management crisis, board members said. Instead, a presentation from town staff showed that the roads, sewers and utilities can handle growth.

In Maryland

Watertight diapers required for babies at 2 state parks

HAGERSTOWN - Watertight diapers are required for babies this summer at two state parks where high levels of fecal coliform bacteria prompted officials to close lakes to swimmers last year.

In addition, public health officials say they will monitor the water quality more closely at the lakes at Greenbrier and Cunningham Falls state parks.

The diapers will be sold at park concession stands and be available from rangers after the stands close, park managers said. At Greenbrier State Park near Hagerstown last year, 65 people reported diarrhea and fever that the local health department said could have come from contact with lake water containing shigella bacteria, a fecal coliform bacteria.

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