City/County Digest


August 09, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore City

Gas tanker overturns on I-95 ramp; no one is injured

A tanker truck carrying 9,000 gallons of gasoline overturned early yesterday on the Hanover Street ramp to northbound Interstate 95 in South Baltimore.

The driver escaped unharmed from the 6 a.m. accident and interstate traffic was not interrupted. Ten gallons of gasoline leaked from the tanker, according to a Baltimore Fire Department spokesman. The ramp was closed for about four hours as the leak was contained by hazardous materials response teams from the Fire Department and the Maryland Department of the Environment, the spokesman said.

The company that owned the tanker arrived to transfer the gasoline to another vehicle before the overturned tanker was towed away.

Foundation wins a grant to reduce pollution runoff

The effort to reduce polluted runoff in city storm drains is getting a financial boost from a $92,500 grant that the Chesapeake Bay Trust will award to the Parks and People Foundation for an urban watershed project.

The targeted area is known as Watershed 263, a 39-acre area with an outfall in the vicinity of Bush and Russell streets in Southeast Baltimore.

The project involves planting trees and creating rain gardens, which will improve the neighborhood and the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Several organizations have joined in the project, including local and federal agencies and nonprofit groups and foundations. A formal grant presentation is scheduled for Aug. 17.

In Baltimore County

Providence fire company gets $71,730 grant for gear

TOWSON - The Providence Volunteer Fire Company has been awarded a $71,730 federal grant to purchase lightweight protective gear used in rescue work involving collapsed buildings and cave-ins.

The grant, from Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, was announced by Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Paul S. Sarbanes.

The Providence fire company, with 75 active volunteers, was awarded $45,180 in federal funds last year under the same program to purchase an air compressor and a mobile air filling station.

Police Department's camp on east side to start today

EDGEMERE - The county Police Department's summer DARE camp on the east side starts today at St. Luke Roman Catholic Church, 7517 North Point Road.

Campers will learn about police work in such specialized units as the hostage negotiation team, and they will go roller skating and bowling. The camp will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily through Friday.

A graduation ceremony and cookout for campers and their families will be held Friday.

Boating safety tips featured on police show

TOWSON - Baltimore County's Citizens on Patrol groups and boating safety tips are featured in this month's edition of the Police Department's cable program, Police Report.

Detective Paul Ciepiela of the Community Resources Team and Pete Definbaugh of the Overlea-Fullerton COP group will appear in the opening segment. A longer segment, which runs about 20 minutes, will focus on boating safely and legally in county waters. Guests from the Police Department's Marine Team will be Sgt. Wayne Lloyd, who supervises the team, and Officer Tim Oakes.

The program, which will be broadcast on Comcast channel 25 through Sept. 3, also features county crime trends. The program is aired at 8:30 p.m. Mondays, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

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