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Project to repaint Key Bridge on hold after scaffolding falls

A two-year project to repaint the Key Bridge has been put on hold after fierce winds and rain knocked down scaffolding erected by a contractor for the project, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Transportation Authority said yesterday.

The project, worth $18.79 million, was awarded to the Aulsen Co. Inc. of Methuen, Mass., this year, according to the authority's Web site. It will remain on hold until state engineers can recertify the scaffolding for safety, spokeswoman Catherine Leahan said last night

The Key Bridge - carrying the Beltway across the Patapsco River between southeastern Baltimore County and the southernmost tip of the city - was shut down temporarily Tuesday night after the scaffolding fell during a thunderstorm.

No injuries were reported, but it took most of the night for transportation authority crews to remove cables and wood panels from the roadway. Two lanes, one in each direction, opened at 5 a.m., and all four lanes were open by 11:21 a.m., Leahan said.

Four men are shot in Forest Park robbery

Four men were shot early yesterday in Baltimore's Forest Park neighborhood after being robbed on a street by a group of bandits, one of whom was armed with a gun, city police reported.

The victims - whose names were not divulged - all survived. Three were taken to area hospitals, while the other refused treatment for a graze wound to his left hand, police saoid.

The incident occurred about 1 a.m. as the victims were standing near a parked car in the 3300 block of Oakfield Ave., and robbers ordered them to give up their valuables. The victims were shot for no apparent reason after handing over property that police declined to describe.

A 21-year-old, shot in the mouth, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The others - taken to Sinai Hospital - were another 21-year-old who was shot in the back and neck, and a 36-year-old shot in the left arm, police said.

Convicted police officer stands to lose his job

A Baltimore police officer, who was convicted and recently sentenced for firing a handgun while off duty in a Pennsylvania restaurant and bar, will probably be fired if he loses his appeal of the conviction, a city police spokesman said yesterday.

On Tuesday, a York County judge sentenced Michael R. McDanel, 32, to three to 18 months in prison. In May, a jury convicted McDanel, of Red Lion, Pa., of reckless endangerment but acquitted him of charges of aggravated assault and resisting arrest. He had been accused of firing the weapon during an altercation inside the Glad Crab in July 2003. No one was hurt.

McDanel was suspended without pay after he was found guilty in May, said police spokesman Detective Donny Moses. If McDanel loses his appeal, he "more than likely" will be fired, Moses said, but his status will be determined only after court proceedings are completed.

Feast day celebration planned at St. Ignatius

St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church in Mount Vernon will celebrate its patron saint's feast day Sunday with an 11 a.m. Mass, accompanied by choir, brass and organ.

At 7:30 p.m. Monday, in the church's chapel, the Rev. Brendan Hurley will deliver a lecture, "Into Your Hands I Commend My Spirit: Ignatian Pursuit of God's Will."

Receptions will follow both events at the church, 740 N. Calvert St. Information: 410-727-3848.

In Baltimore County

Accident snarls traffic on I-95 near White Marsh

WHITE MARSH - One motorist was seriously injured yesterday when his car caught fire in a pre-dawn accident yesterday that snarled rush-hour traffic for hours on Interstate 95 near White Marsh Boulevard.

State police said a tractor- trailer southbound in the fast lane just north of the Beltway struck a guardrail about 3:15 a.m. When the truck jackknifed, a Toyota Camry rammed the trailer and a third vehicle, a Chevrolet minivan, struck the Toyota. Police said the Camry caught fire, but a state trooper extinguished the blaze and pulled the driver from the wreck with what was described as life-threatening injuries. No name was released.

The driver of the minivan, identified as Charles D. Boyer, 34, of the 400 block of Torner Road in Essex, was charged with driving under the influence, State Police said. Morning traffic southbound on I-95 backed up for more than 13 miles and overflowed onto local roads for several hours.

Teen summer program continues until Aug. 20

TOWSON - The summer program for teenagers offered by the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks and the Police Department will run until Aug. 20.

The program includes dance classes, field trips, job training and college information for high school students provided by the Community College of Baltimore County's Catonsville campus.

Teens ages 13 to 17 may register any time during the program at the Scotts branch of the Police Athletic League, 3651 Rolling Road, Randallstown; or the Dundalk branch, 7701 Dunmanway. Information: 410-887-4156.

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