City/county Digest


Baltimore & Region

October 20, 2005

Howard County: North Laurel

Two men charged in drive-by shootings

Two Laurel men have been charged with a series of drive-by shootings in the past few months that police say were retaliation for an unreported drug-related robbery. James H. Brooks and Brian Larel Silas, both 25 and of the 12000 block of Pheasant Drive, were arrested after investigators traced a cell phone call that threatened another shooting. They said three shootings took place at a house on Pembrook Woods Way between June and September. No one was injured. The two are charged with first-degree assault and gun-related charges and were at the Howard County Detention Center.

Tyrone Richardson

Baltimore County: Mount Carmel Road

Rig overturns, spills 40 gallons of fuel

A tractor-trailer overturned near in northern Baltimore County yesterday morning spilling about 40 gallons of fuel and prompting a county hazardous materials team to dike a nearby stream, fire officials said. The rig was carrying a load of corn when it overturned about 8:15 a.m. on Mount Carmel Road near Gunpowder Road and spilled diesel and hydraulic fuel, said Elise Armacost, a Fire Department spokeswoman. The truck driver was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, she said.

Baltimore County: Towson

Meeting tonight for ESOL families

Baltimore County school officials will hold an information meeting for families with children in the county's English for Speakers of Other Languages programs from 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Loch Raven High School, 1212 Cowpens Ave., Towson. Parents and guardians will be able to ask questions. Interpreters will be available. 410-887-3525.

Liz F. Kay

Maryland: Lottery

Satellite system, touch screens set

The Maryland State Lottery plans to purchase 4,000 new touch-screens and a satellite communications system that will help streamline lottery ticket purchases for retailers and customers. Yesterday, the Board of Public Works approved the lottery's $180 million proposal for the new equipment, which is to debut statewide by Aug. 1. The terminals will be attached to thermal printers, which the agency hopes to use for advertising on lottery tickets. Scientific Games International Inc. of Alpharetta, Ga., had the winning bid.

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