City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

Baltimore & Region

October 08, 2005

Carroll County

WestminsterAccident claims life of woman, 46

A 46-year-old Carroll County woman was killed yesterday when she drove her sport utility vehicle into the rear of a tractor trailer that had stopped on the shoulder of Route 140, according to state police at the Westminster barracks. Brenda D. Chinea of the 3300 block of Sykesville Road was pronounced dead at the scene of the 11:39 a.m. accident on the shoulder of eastbound Route 140 near the state police barracks, police said. The driver of the 1999 Mack truck, James Ray Creter Jr., 21, of Stewartstown, Pa., was not injured. Chinea was driving a white 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee during a rainfall, but there was no apparent cause of the crash, police said. An autopsy was scheduled and the accident investigation continues.

Sheridan Lyons

Baltimore City: Media

Appeals court sets date in Sun suit

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said yesterday it would hear oral arguments Nov. 29 in Richmond, Va., in a lawsuit by The Sun against Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., challenging the governor's ban on two of the newspaper's journalists. In February, U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles Jr. dismissed The Sun's lawsuit. Ehrlich's ban, imposed in November, forbids state executive branch employees from speaking with Sun columnist Michael Olesker and Maryland political editor David Nitkin. The ban was begun after the newspaper reported on a proposed land deal involving the administration. The Sun filed suit in December to have the ban lifted.

Northeast

1 killed, 1 wounded in robbery attempt

Two men were shot, one fatally, during an attempted robbery Thursday night in Northeast Baltimore, police said yesterday. The two men were outside shortly after 11:30 p.m. in the 5900 block of Glen Falls Ave. when they were approached by a group of men who demanded their property. One of the victims was shot in the head while the other was shot several times as he tried to flee, police said. The man with the head wound was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 12:24 a.m., police said. The other man, age 19, was treated for his injuries and released.

Library

Author Hickman to speak at Pratt

Author Homer Hickman is scheduled to speak and sign copies of his latest book, The Ambassador's Son, Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Poe Room of the Enoch Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral St. Hickman wrote the best-selling memoir Rocket Boys, which was the basis of the movie October Sky.

Nutrition

Comment sought on program

Residents who want to offer their comments on federal nutrition programs can talk to a top U.S. Department of Agriculture official Friday during a forum at the Enoch Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral St. Kate Coler, the department's deputy undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services, will be at the Farm Bill Nutrition Forum from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. as part of a national listening tour. The agency is seeking ways to improve federal nutrition programs that are set to be reauthorized as part of the 2007 Farm Bill.

Baltimore County: Randallstown

Woman dies after being hit by car

A 42-year-old woman died after being struck by a car yesterday morning while attempting to cross Liberty Road in Randallstown, Baltimore County police said. The woman was trying to cross Liberty Road near Old Court Road when she was hit by a 1997 Ford Escort, police said. She was taken to Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown, where she died, Police said. The driver of the Escort was also taken to the hospital after experiencing chest pains. Police did not name the woman because relatives had not been notified. No charges had been filed.

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