City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

Baltimore & Region

November 25, 2005

Auxiliary officer hurt after being hit by vehicle

An auxiliary police officer was in serious condition yesterday after being struck by a vehicle Wednesday as he was directing traffic in Howard County, police said.

Shortly before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Petrus Lucas, 21, of the 4000 block of Roxmill Court in Glenwood was working at an accident scene on Route 40 at Pebble Beach Drive when he was struck by a 1997 Chevy Blazer, police said. Lucas was pinned between the Blazer and a police vehicle, a Chevy Tahoe.

Lucas was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

The driver of the Blazer, Johnny Raye Price, 35, of the 400 block of Maple Lane in Glen Burnie, was not injured in the collision, police said. He has not been charged, but the incident remains under investigation, a police spokeswoman said.

Anica Butler

Baltimore: Southwest

Names of two men fatally shot released

The names of two men fatally shot in adjacent Southwest Baltimore rowhouses Wednesday evening were released yesterday. Baltimore City police identified the first victim as Cristino Purisima, 27, of the 200 block of Furrow St. Police found his body about 8 p.m. Wednesday. He had been shot in the abdomen and in the leg. The other victim was identified as Tony Campbell, 51, also of the 200 block of Furrow St. He had suffered a gunshot wound to the chest. Both men were pronounced dead at area hospitals. A police spokeswoman said officials did not know of a motive for the shootings, but that detectives are investigating the incident as a double homicide.

Tyrone Richardson

Anne Arundel: Shooting

Victim released from Shock Trauma

The second victim of a workplace shooting in Glen Burnie was released from a Baltimore hospital yesterday, according to a hospital spokeswoman. The release of Raymond R. Himes Jr., 37, of Baltimore from Maryland Shock Trauma Center came a day after he was shot in the arm while working at H&M Wagner and Sons, a restaurant supply company. A co-worker, Jack N. Helms, 49, of Pasadena, was treated and released Wednesday. He had been shot twice in the stomach. Anne Arundel County police said Joseph Allen Cobb, 54, a truck driver who had recently been fired from the company, returned there Wednesday and shot the two, former supervisors of his, with a .38 caliber handgun before shooting himself in the head. Cobb was pronounced dead about two hours after the shooting.

Anica Butler

Region

Winds cause power outages across area

High winds snapping trees onto power lines caused outages for thousands of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers in parts of the Baltimore metro area yesterday. The outages began about mid-afternoon, said Linda Foy, a spokeswoman for BGE. As of 10 p.m. last night, BGE's Web site reported about 14,000 customers without power in Anne Arundel County. In addition, hundreds of outages were reported in Baltimore and Baltimore County. Foy said work crews were out yesterday evening, working to restore power to the affected areas.

Tyrone Richardson

Baltimore County: Monkton

Man killed after vehicle hits pole

A man was killed yesterday afternoon when his vehicle struck a pole on York Road near Corbett Road in Monkton, Baltimore County police said. Police said the man was traveling southbound when the accident occurred about 2 p.m. Police would not release his name and age pending notification of relatives. A 13-year-old passenger was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she was treated and released.

Tyrone Richardson

Towson

Ceremony to include tree-lighting, Santa

The annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Towson is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at Towson Commons, Pennsylvania Avenue and York Road. The ceremony includes holiday music and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus by horse-drawn carriage. Metered parking and parking in county Revenue Authority garages will be free after 5 p.m. Information: 410-825- 1144.

Somerset County: Crisfield

Fire damages boat facility

State fire officials are investigating a fire that caused more than $1 million in damage to a boat facility in Somerset County yesterday. The fire, which was reported about 11 a.m., caused an estimated $1.2 million in damage to Evan's Boat Repair Inc. in the 4300 block of Crisfield Highway in Crisfield. Fire officials said that the flames spread quickly through the 125-foot- by-150-foot facility and that it took more than 100 firefighters from surrounding areas to get it under control in a half-hour. There were no reported injuries. The point of origin and cause of the fire are under investigation.

Tyrone Richardson

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