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August 31, 2005

HOWARD COUNTY

Man killed in explosion of an empty fuel truck

An empty fuel truck being converted to store water blew up outside a Sykesville company yesterday afternoon, killing a 28-year-old employee, Howard County fire officials said.

The tanker exploded when a worker for Renehan's Water For Pools used a blowtorch to cut into the back of the used tanker, said William Mould, a spokesman for the fire department.

The explosion threw the victim 15 yards toward the company's garage. Authorities declared him dead at the scene.

Linda Sherman, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, said the victim's name would not be released until relatives were notified.

The tanker was parked alongside several other trucks atop the company's driveway, which overlooks the 700 block of Route 32 near the Carroll County line.

"There may have been some residual petroleum product inside, but there was definitely fumes," Mould said of the tanker, which the company recently purchased.

The company is registered to Joseph H. Renehan Jr., under the name Renehan's Transport Inc., according to state records.

Mould said the owner was on site, and that family members live next door.

Calls to the company were not returned.

Maryland Occupational Safety and Health is handling the investigation.

- Melissa Harris

BALTIMORE

Fire Department receives surplus MTA bus from state

State officials gave the Baltimore City Fire Department a surplus Maryland Transit Administration bus yesterday for use during fires.

The bus - which used to be a training vehicle for new drivers - will provide a place for firefighters to rest, according to state officials, including air conditioning during the summer and heat during the winter.

"Being a firefighter is a tough job," Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. said in a statement. "Whether it is 95 degrees and humid or 10 degrees and bitter cold, firefighters answer the call every day to save people and protect property. However, often there is no place at the scene to get out of the weather, sit down and take a much-needed break. This bus will provide the shelter that can mean so much to the men and women risking their lives to protect their fellow citizens."

The MTA has previously given surplus buses to fire departments in Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County, as well as the Maryland State Police and Baltimore County police, according to state officials.

"This bus will be a great asset to the men and women of the Baltimore City Fire Department," said Baltimore City Fire Chief William J. Goodwin Jr. in a statement. "While engaged in firefighting activities, firefighters can become fatigued, and having this resource will certainly alleviate the potential for injuries, heat exhaustion, and other ailments."

ANNE ARUNDEL

Angelis seeks GOP nomination in county executive race

Tom Angelis, a Davidsonville resident who lost in the 2002 Republican primary for Anne Arundel County executive, announced that he will again pursue the party's nomination next year for the top county post.

Angelis, 59, joins a crowded Republican primary field that includes state Del. John R. Leopold; Gregory V. Nourse, an assistant superintendent for the Anne Arundel County school system; and former state Del. Phillip D. Bissett, who beat Angelis by a 64 percent to 36 percent margin in 2002.

At least three Democrats have expressed interest in the seat, which will be vacated by Janet S. Owens, a Democrat who is barred by law from seeking a third term.

Angelis, a Baltimore schoolteacher, ran the county's Department of Recreation and Parks for a year in John G. Gary's administration.

BALTIMORE COUNTY

Woman found fatally stabbed in her Baldwin home

A woman was found fatally stabbed early yesterday after an argument at her Baltimore County home, police said.

A man who had stabbed himself also was found in the home, in the 5300 block of Sweet Air Road in the Baldwin area of northern Baltimore County, police said.

The woman's 8-year-old daughter apparently witnessed the stabbing, said Baltimore County police. Police said they expect charges in the case to be filed today.

Dispatchers received a 911 hang-up call at 5:49 a.m. from the home, police said. When officers arrived, they found Alice Tremper, 34, suffering from stab wounds to the upper body. She was pronounced dead at the scene, said Sgt. Vickie Warehime, a police spokeswoman.

Police found a man in a bedroom, also suffering from stab wounds to his chest. The man, who was not identified by police, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he underwent surgery and was in critical condition yesterday afternoon, Warehime said. Police said the man and the woman both lived in the home and were in a relationship.

Warehime said police believe the stabbing was preceded by an argument outside the house. Police found blood on a sport utility vehicle in the driveway and a pool of blood on the house's parking pad, she said.

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