City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

October 23, 2005

Baltimore County: Rodgers Forge

Man sought after abduction attempt

Baltimore County police are searching for a man who tried to abduct an 11-year-old girl, police said yesterday. The girl told police she was walking along Pinehurst Road at Hopkins Road in Rodgers Forge on Friday afternoon when a man in a black sport utility vehicle followed her, jumped out of his vehicle and grabbed her by the face, police said. The girl kicked and screamed, and the man released her, police said. The girl ran to a nearby house, and police were called about 3:30 p.m. The girl suffered a cut to her mouth, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

Anica Butler

Anne Arundel: Annapolis

Girl, 7, is killed in 2-vehicle crash

A 7-year-old girl was killed yesterday in an Annapolis traffic accident that likely was caused by the weather and road conditions, police said. A pickup truck struck a Lincoln Continental in which the girl was riding at Forest Drive and Bywater Road about 5 p.m., police said. Two other occupants of the car were injured, police said. The driver was taken to Anne Arundel County Medical Center and a front-seat passenger, identified as the girl's grandmother, was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said. Their conditions were unknown. Police did not identify anyone involved in the accident.

Harford County: Havre de Grace

Man's body found by hiker in park

A woman hiking in Susquehanna State Park yesterday found the body of a man on a trail, police said. The woman was on the Heritage Greenways trail about 3:40 p.m. when she saw the body, said Cpl. Ken Turner, spokesman for the Maryland Natural Resources Police. The woman called 911. The Harford County Sheriff's Office, Harford County emergency services personnel and Natural Resources Police responded, Turner said. The body was taken to the medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy, Turner said. Police are not releasing the man's identity pending notification of his family. The incident is under investigation.

Anica Butler

Queen Anne's: Grasonville

Man dies of smoke inhalation, burns

A man who was found dead on a burning boat Friday on the Eastern Shore died of smoke inhalation and thermal burns, the fire marshal's office said yesterday. John Linton Ashby, 60, of Washington was found in his 37-foot cabin cruiser berthed at the Mears Point Marina near Grasonville, according to the fire marshal's office. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Twenty-five firefighters from Grasonville, Kent Island and Queenstown controlled the blaze, which began about 3:30 p.m., in 20 minutes. The fire caused $100,000 damage to the boat, according to the fire marshal's office. Investigators believe the fire began in the galley.

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