City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

April 19, 2006

Ball selected to fill Howard council vacancy

Calvin Ball, a 30-year-old Columbia resident, was chosen from among four candidates last night for appointment to the five-member Howard County Council. He will be sworn in tomorrow night.

Ball, a candidate for the seat in 2002 and again this year, was chosen unanimously by the county Democratic State Central Committee to fill a vacancy created March 31 by the resignation of east Columbia Democrat David A. Rakes, who said he gave up the seat for health reasons. Ball recently served as community development officer for Oakland Mills village.

His selection is expected to give council Democrats a 3-2 voting majority, which could lead to passage of a smoking ban in Howard's bars and restaurants. A bill to that effect is pending before the council.

"I've got a lot of work to do," Ball said, after his selection.

Larry Carson

Harford County: Interstate 95

Fallston woman killed in crash

A Harford County woman was killed yesterday afternoon in a crash on Interstate 95 near the Maryland House Restaurant, state police said. Lucille Mary Smith, 57, of the 3200 block of Glouchester Road in Fallston was driving north in the middle of three lanes about 4:15 p.m. when she lost control of her 2004 Ford van, said Sgt. Frank Esposito, of the John F. Kennedy Barracks in Perryville. He said the van drove onto the shoulder, struck an embankment and flipped over. The impact threw Smith through the windshield, he said. Smith, the only person in the van, was pronounced dead at the scene, Esposito said. It was not known whether she was wearing her seat belt, he said. The crash slowed traffic and forced police to close the fast lane until 7:30 p.m., he said.

Richard Irwin

Baltimore County: Woodlawn

Police identify accident victim

State police yesterday released the identity of an Anne Arundel County man who was killed Sunday after the sport utility vehicle he was driving on Interstate 70 in Woodlawn left the road and struck a guardrail. Reginald Keith Hunt, 49, of the 600 block of Minnerva Road in Glen Burnie, was heading west about a quarter-mile past the exit ramp leading from the outer loop of Interstate 695 when he drove onto the left shoulder. Hunt overcorrected, crossed two lanes of westbound traffic and crashed into a guardrail on the right shoulder, police said. Hunt died at the scene, police said.

Hopkins to hold weekend Spring Fair

The 35th annual Johns Hopkins Spring Fair is set for this weekend, featuring carnival rides, games, craft vendors, a children's section, a food court, entertainment stages and a beer garden. The fair - which is free and open to the public - is set to run from noon to 7 p.m, Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday on the Homewood Campus, 3400 N. Charles St. Information: www.jhuspringfair.com.

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