Regional Digest

REGIONAL DIGEST

September 06, 2004|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Baltimore County

57 left homeless after apartment blazeMIDDLE RIVER - Fifty-seven people were left homeless after a fire at an apartment complex in Middle River last night, Baltimore County fire officials said.

The fire started about 9 p.m. at 609 Sopwith Drive, on the second floor of the Commons at White Marsh, and spread to the third floor. The fire was under control by 10:13 p.m. None of the residents was hurt, but two firefighters suffered minor injuries.

Fire officials said the fire was caused by a cigarette or cigar. Twelve apartments were left uninhabitable, and an undetermined number were damaged.

Man found in water near sailboat dies

TOWSON - A man sailing near Essex died yesterday after he appeared to have been hit by the boat's boom and fell overboard, Baltimore County police said.

After getting a call at 3:32 p.m,, the county police marine unit found the man floating in the water. The man, whose identity was withheld pending notification of kin, was taken to Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Ribbon-cutting scheduled for renovated chapel

REISTERSTOWN - Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr., County Councilman T. Bryan McIntire and members of the Reisterstown community are scheduled to cut the ribbon at the newly renovated St. Michael's Chapel at Hannah More Park at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The property was bought by the county in the 1970s to ensure its preservation as a historic landmark, and it is now on the National Register of Historic Places, Meredith Atkinson, a spokeswoman for the county executive, said in a statement. The renovations were initiated after the community pushed for the property to be preserved, she said.

After the ceremony, the chapel will be open to visitors.

In Baltimore City

Police seek attacker after man's fatal beating

Police are seeking a man who beat another man to death on a West Baltimore street shortly after midnight yesterday, then threatened bystanders who witnessed the killing.

The victim, identified as Terry L. Leak, 47, of the 2500 block of W. Baltimore St., died after being choked and struck on the head with a blunt object in the 2500 block of W. Fairmount Ave., said Detective Albert Marcus. He was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police ask anyone with information to call 410-276-8888.

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