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Essex girl, 6, dies after being hit by vehicle near home

ESSEX -- A 6-year-old Essex girl died yesterday after being struck by a vehicle in an alley near her home, police said.

Jessica Coleman of the 500 block of N. Marlyn Ave. was struck and run over about 4:40 p.m. by a 1994 Jeep Wrangler whose driver immediately stopped, police said. The driver's name was not released.

Police said the girl was flown to Johns Hopkins Hospital's pediatric intensive care unit, but died of multiple injuries.

Police said it appeared that pedestrian error contributed to the accident, which will be reviewed by the county state's attorney's office.

Leak in sewer line repaired after 100,000-gallon spill

CATONSVILLE -- Baltimore County officials said yesterday that workers have stopped a sewage leak that discharged more than 100,000 gallons of waste into Millers Run on the south side of Baltimore National Pike and east of the Howard County line.

The leak in a 10-inch sewer line feeding the Patapsco Treatment Plant probably occurred July 5 during a storm, but the county learns of such leaks only when residents complain, and this one wasn't detected for a week, said David Fidler, a county public works spokesman.

County health officials planned to post signs warning people to avoid contact with the water, Fidler said.

Posing as water inspector, man gains access to homes

DUNDALK -- Public works officials warned yesterday of a man posing as a water inspector to gain access to people's homes.

Such imposters frequently appear in official-looking clothes with clipboards and ask to check residents' water, said officials of the Baltimore Department of Public Works, which provides water for the metropolitan area. The Dundalk-area impostor asked a resident to run water from the tap and asked questions before leaving.

All public works employees carry city identification cards with photos and do not go to homes unless they're called.

In Baltimore City

Teen murder suspect's jury to begin deliberating today

Closing arguments wrapped up yesterday in the case of a Baltimore teen-ager accused of killing a man and trying to have the victim's 10-year-old daughter murdered because she witnessed the slaying.

A Circuit Court jury is expected to begin deliberations this morning to decide whether DeAndre Whitehead, 19, fatally shot Russell Peterson, 47, on a Southwest Baltimore street in August 2003.

Peterson's daughter testified last week that Whitehead was the gunman. Prosecutors say Whitehead was a heroin dealer and killed Peterson after the victim stepped into an argument over a $10 drug sale between Whitehead and Peterson's wife.

Man charged with murder in Riverside stabbing

An argument over a woman yesterday in South Baltimore ended with one man dead and another charged with first-degree murder, police said.

The 46-year-old victim was arguing with the other man outside the woman's home in the 500 block of Gittings St. in the Riverside neighborhood about 10:15 a.m. when he was stabbed once in the abdomen with a knife, Detective Sean Jones said.

The victim, whose name was withheld, died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Arrested moments later at his home nearby in the 1700 block of Covington St. was Charles Norfolk, who was charged with murder and held at Central Booking and Intake Center.

Police identify 2 of 3 men killed in shootings Monday

City police have released the names of two men killed in separate shootings Monday, but withheld the name of a third victim pending notification of his family.

In East Baltimore, Louis Johnson, 20, of the 700 block of N. Belnord Ave. was fatally shot about 11:30 p.m. near his home, police spokeswoman Officer Nicole Monroe said yesterday.

In Southwest Baltimore, Tarik Walker, 28, of the 300 block of Ilchester Ave. was fatally shot about five minutes later in the 900 block of Washington Blvd., Monroe said.

A 22-year-old was killed in the 200 block of N. Highland Ave. in East Baltimore early Monday.

Woman dies, man hurt in auto-truck collision

A woman was killed and her boyfriend injured early yesterday when the car she was driving was struck by a tractor truck at an East Baltimore intersection, city police said.

Terrie Moore, 41, was driving a 1995 Mercury Sable east on Monument Street about 12:15 a.m. and about to enter Pulaski Highway when the car was struck on the driver's side by the tractor heading west on Pulaski -- whose driver ran a red light, police said.

Moore was pronounced dead at the scene, while her companion, Christopher Egan, 45, sustained minor injuries. He was released after treatment at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Police said the couple had been staying at a motel in Baltimore County.

The tractor driver was not injured. Police said charges were pending.

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