City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

February 21, 2006

Driver hurt as tractor-trailer veers off I-95

The driver of a tractor-trailer hauling 21 tons of bottles was injured yesterday afternoon when the rig veered off southbound Interstate 95 near Belcamp and slid down an embankment, state police said.

Last night, workers were continuing to remove bottles from the rig before it could be towed away.

Glenn Thomas Miller, 52, of Chatham, Va., was driving the 2003 International tractor, said Tfc. Brian Schweers. Miller told police he began to cough and apparently passed out about 3:15 p.m., Schweers said.

The rig, owned by Houff Transfer Co. of Virginia, came to rest on its passenger side. The trooper said Miller, with injuries including a possible broken wrist, was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Richard Irwin

Carroll County: Taneytown

Fire kills 20 goats, burns barn, contents

A barn fire killed 20 goats, 10 of which were show animals, early yesterday outside Taneytown, said the Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office. The 50-foot- by-100-foot barn in the 11200 block of Keysville Road, owned by Vaughn Bradley, was destroyed, along with 1,000 bales of hay and 2,000 bales of straw. The fire was reported by a passer-by at 2:38 a.m. and took 50 firefighters from seven companies an hour to control. Damage was estimated at $75,000 to the barn and $25,000 for the contents. Because the fire was still smoldering yesterday afternoon, fire investigators said they could not determine the cause.

Ellie Baublitz

Carroll County: New Windsor

Black history program planned

A Black History Month observance will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the New Windsor fire station social hall, 101 High St. Theresa Hebron organized the event in honor of Monique Coleman, who has undergone 39 brain surgeries, and Melissa Taylor, who has survived brain tumors. The event will feature music by the Yancey Brothers of Newark, Del., and Joshua and Caelyn Sommerville, a sibling singing duo. Proceeds from the program will benefit the new fire station. Information: 410-635-2962.

Howard County: Woodstock

Teen listed as critical after accident Friday

A Woodstock teenager was in critical condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after the car she was driving to a school dance missed a curve and crashed into large evergreen trees. The accident Friday night killed her 18-year-old passenger, Michele Iampieri of Ellicott City, and injured her boyfriend. Theresa Rayburn, 17, of the 200 block of Barnett Court was driving to a Mount Hebron High School dance when the crash happened about 9 p.m. Friday on Old Frederick Road (Route 99) near Bracken Drive, A passenger, Christopher Missett, 16, a Mount Hebron junior from Ellicott City, was released from Shock Trauma on Saturday with a hairline jaw fracture, said his stepfather, Eric Levey.

Melissa Harris

Baltimore: Hearing

Public input sought on new master plan

The first hearing on Baltimore's proposed new comprehensive master plan is set for 5:30 p.m. today at Pimlico Middle School, 3500 W. Northern Parkway. City officials expect the plan will help guide economic development, transportation and land use over the next 10 years or more. The 190-page draft plan is available for review online at liveearnplaylearn.com. Public input will be sought at tonight's hearing for Northwest Baltimore, and at eight more hearings scheduled over the next six weeks in other areas of the city. The Planning Commission is scheduled to vote on the plan April 20.

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