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July 24, 2005

MIDDLE RIVER

Severna Park man, 60, dies after watercraft collision

A 60-year-old Severna Park man died yesterday after two personal watercraft collided in Baltimore County, Natural Resources Police said.

John Robert Gibson was pronounced dead at Franklin Square Hospital Center after the collision at 3:10 p.m. on Cow Pens Creek, near Martin Lagoon in Middle River, said Cpl. Ken Turner, a spokesman for the Natural Resources Police, which is investigating the accident.

Officials said Gibson and another man, whom police did not identify, left a social gathering at a Middle River home to ride on the water, Turner said. They crept through a "6-knot zone," an area where the use of watercraft is prohibited, and then picked up speed in a legal area.

"They were abiding by the law," Turner said, noting that there was no alcohol involved.

The second man was treated and released from the hospital yesterday, Turner said.

- Sara Neufeld

BALTIMORE

Police seek witnesses, motive in shooting in Curtis Bay

An unidentified man was fatally shot early yesterday in Curtis Bay, Baltimore police said.

Police responded to a call of a shooting at 1:54 a.m. in the 1600 block of Hazel St., said Officer Nicole Monroe, a Police Department spokeswoman. The victim, found lying on the ground, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Last night, police had not yet identified the victim. They had no witnesses and knew of no motive for the shooting, Monroe said. Police encourage anyone with information to call the homicide division at 410-396-2100.

- Sara Neufeld

BALTIMORE

Resurfacing starts this week on stretch of 28th Street

Resurfacing is set to begin next week on a portion of 28th Street from the Jones Falls Expressway east to Greenmount Avenue, according to city transportation officials.

The work is scheduled between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays and is expected to be finished by the spring. City officials said temporary lane closures and parking restrictions will occur during the work.

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