City/county Digest


Baltimore & Region

December 09, 2005

Mishap disrupts rail traffic

A minor freight car derailment in Edgewood disrupted morning rush hour rail traffic along the busy Northeast Corridor yesterday and is expected to slow train traffic today, authorities said.

MARC passengers traveling between Perryville and Baltimore last night were shuttled onto buses, said spokesman Walter Hayes. Amtrak warned passengers to expect delays of about an hour into this morning.

Two cars loaded with scrap iron on a Norfolk Southern freight train heading toward Baltimore from Enola, Pa., derailed about 6:40 a.m., said company spokesman Rudy Husband. There were no injuries. The accident caused all rail traffic on the Northeast corridor between Washington and Philadelphia to be halted for about two hours.


Board of Estimates increases tow fees

Baltimore has increased the fee it charges to tow vehicles to the city impound and abandoned vehicle lots by $5 and will increase it by another $5 next November - an increase that officials said would raise $500,000 a year in new revenue. The changes, approved Wednesday by the Board of Estimates, will increase the administrative fee to $40 from $30. Officials said the administrative fee was last raised in 1990 and that the money is needed to offset increasing salary and contracting costs.

Forum to focus on former inmates

A forum today in West Baltimore will discuss ways to improve services and support for former inmates as they return to Maryland communities. The forum is sponsored by the Open Society Institute-Baltimore, the Center for Fathers, Families and Workforce Development and The Sun. It's set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New Shiloh Baptist Church, 2100 N. Monroe St.

Pa. man guilty of child-porn charge

A Pennsylvania man who has been convicted four times of sex-related crimes with underage victims was convicted again yesterday in Baltimore of trafficking in child pornography. James A. Reigle Jr., 46, of Harrisburg spent almost two weeks on trial before a jury in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on charges he helped distribute images of minors. He faces a mandatory life prison sentence when he returns to court Feb. 17. Prosecutors brought the cases in Maryland because the FBI cybercrime division has headquarters in Calverton.

Baltimore County: Pikesville

Fire company to get $90,289 federal grant

The Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company will receive a $90,289 grant through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, U.S. Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin has announced. The fire company will use the money to buy specialized rescue team equipment that can be used in situations such as collapsed buildings or in confined spaces, such as in wells or tanks, the announcement said.

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