City/county Digest


August 23, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

Charred body found inside burning car; identity unknown

OWINGS MILLS - The body of an unidentified person was found yesterday afternoon in a burning car behind a vacant house in the Gwynnbrook area of Owings Mills, county police said.

The badly charred remains were left inside the vehicle as it was towed to police headquarters in Towson, where medical examiners began efforts to determine the gender of the victim and cause of death, said Officer Shawn Vinson, a police spokesman.

About 12:30 p.m., a motorist reported a fire in woods behind the house in the 11200 block of Reisterstown Road, Vinson said. After extinguishing the flames, firefighters found the burned body and called police.

Vinson said investigators would use the vehicle identification number - and possibly the tags, if they survived the fire - in attempting to identify the body, and to determine ownership of the car.

Cromwell Bridge Road to close Aug. 28 and 29

CARNEY - Cromwell Bridge Road between Loch Raven Drive and Cub Hill Road in Carney will be closed for maintenance from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, according to Ellen Kobler, a spokeswoman for the county.

Crews will remove trees that are in danger of falling on the road and clean up debris from streams and under bridges.

Jewish center plans picnic to mark 150th anniversary

REISTERSTOWN - The Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore will celebrate its 150th anniversary with a free communitywide picnic from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Camp Milldale, 5425 Mount Gilead Road, Reisterstown.

Attractions will include a hay ride, canoeing and a craft fair.

Information: 410-356-5200, ext. 328.

In Baltimore City

Boy critically injured by shotgun blast to head

A teenage boy was in critical condition after he was wounded in the forehead by a shotgun while he and his stepbrother were playing with the weapon in the kitchen of an East Baltimore rowhouse late Saturday, city police said.

The shooting occurred shortly before 11:30 p.m. as the boys - ages 13 and 15 - played with the double-barreled shotgun in the kitchen of a house in the 100 block of N. Collington Ave. The weapon fired, sending numerous birdshot pellets into the forehead of the older boy at "very close range," police said. The names of the children were withheld.

When medics arrived, the younger boy's male guardian was attempting to revive the victim, police said.

The wounded boy was reported in critical condition last night at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Police said the shooting appeared to be accidental but that the incident is being investigated by the homicide squad.

Councilman Mitchell plans back-to-school event

City Council member Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr. will hold a back-to-school event tomorrow at the Pennsylvania Avenue Market to help children prepare to return to the classroom.

Mitchell will collect school supplies and books to distribute to children, and the city Health Department's immunization van will be available. Other back-to-school resources will be available for parents and children.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pennsylvania Avenue and Laurens Street.

I-895 ramp to be closed for repairs to bridge

The ramp from eastbound Moravia Road to southbound Interstate 895 is scheduled to be closed tomorrow from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for bridge-deck repairs.

Motorists seeking to use entrance 14A will be detoured along westbound U.S. 40 to Erdman Avenue, where they can reach I-895 by entrance 13B.

In the event of bad weather, the ramp closure might be shifted to Wednesday or Thursday, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority.

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