City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

Baltimore & Region

October 07, 2005

Baltimore: Transportation

Part of Fort McHenry Tunnel to be closed

The southbound right tube of the Fort McHenry Tunnel along Interstate 95 is set to be closed to traffic from 7 p.m. today throughout the weekend, according to state transportation officials. Maintenance crews will be making emergency road repairs. The tube is scheduled to reopen at 5 a.m. Monday.

Patterson Park

Rescue shelter plans pet fair Saturday

A fair to highlight neglected pets in need of new homes will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Patterson Park. Dubbed "BARCStoberfest," the free festival will enable people to see pets being held at the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter. The former city animal shelter has recently become a nonprofit, and funds raised from a silent auction and raffle will go to the organization, according to City Council President Sheila Dixon, who is helping sponsor the fair. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their pets, and activities will include an adoptable dog show, K-9 demonstrations, pet acupuncture, massage therapy, local artists and vendors and numerous events for children. Information: baltimoreanimalshelter.org.

Columbus Day

Parade on Sunday celebrates holiday

City officials and former mayor Thomas J. D'Alesandro III announced plans Wednesday for this weekend's Baltimore Columbus Day celebration. Sunday's celebration is sponsored by the Baltimore Office of Promotions & the Arts and Columbus Celebrations Inc., a nonprofit group. The day will begin with a wreath-laying ceremony at 10:30 a.m. at the Columbus Piazza on President Street, followed by a parade from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The parade starts at West Mount Vernon Place and Charles Street, going south on Charles, east onto Pratt Street, south onto President Street, and then east onto Fleet Street. It will disband at Fleet and Central Avenue.

Anne Arundel: County executive

Sheriff 1st Democrat to enter '06 race

Three-term Anne Arundel County Sheriff George F. Johnson IV yesterday became the first Democrat to declare his candidacy for county executive in 2006. Johnson, 52, said his campaign priorities would be reducing crowded classrooms in schools, protecting the county from overdevelopment and generating more work-force housing. The Pasadena resident also pointed to his 34 years in law enforcement and his reputation as a "consensus builder." Two other Democrats expected to run to replace Janet S. Owens are Dennis M. Callahan, director of the county Department of Recreation and Parks, and County Councilwoman Barbara D. Samorajczyk.

Phillip McGowan

Carroll County: Interstate 70

Police investigate death as suicide

State police at the Westminster barracks are investigating as an apparent suicide the death of a Howard County man who they said walked into traffic Wednesday afternoon on eastbound Interstate 70 in Carroll County. Richard S. Clark, 64, of the 18000 block of Shaffers Mill Road was pronounced dead at the scene just west of the Howard County line, state police said. A trooper saw Clark's vehicle with its hood raised on the eastbound right shoulder of I-70 and started to walk toward it, police said. Clark waved as if to indicate he was OK, then walked into traffic and was struck by a dump truck, police said. The center and right lanes were closed until about 4 p.m.

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