City/county Digest


May 06, 2006

Girl, 14, electrocuted at Druid Hill Park

A 14-year-old girl who leaned against a fence during a church softball game was electrocuted about 8 o'clock last night at Druid Hill Park, a fire official said.

Teammates said they saw the girl, whose name was not released, put her foot on the fence and then fall to the ground, said Kevin Cartwright, a spokesman for the Baltimore Fire Department. The girl, who was not breathing, was transported to Sinai Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Linda Foy, a spokeswoman for BGE, said that after a preliminary investigation into the incident, it appeared that BGE's equipment was not involved. She said it was unclear last night whose equipment was.

Carolyn Bethea, commissioner of the Christian Co-Ed Softball League, a group of about 16 church teams that play softball Fridays and Saturdays, said the girl was playing for a team associated with Colonial Baptist Church in Randallstown.

Bethea, who plays for a team sponsored by a church called Set The Captives Free Outreach Center, which was playing a double-header against Colonial Baptist, said that after the girl fell to the ground she started breathing erratically.

Bethea said the girl's mother was with her and was "watching her little girl." Bethea said members of both teams prayed over the girl until paramedics took her away in the ambulance.

Lynn Anderson

Anne Arundel: Naval Academy

Commandant wins promotion

Capt. Bruce Grooms, who as commandant of midshipmen is the highest-ranking African-American in U.S. Naval Academy history, has been nominated for promotion to rear admiral. The Pentagon made the announcement Thursday. Grooms, who has been at the academy almost a year, would likely be reassigned.



Illnesses delay flight's departure

Departure of an Orlando-bound AirTran Airways flight from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport was delayed two hours last night after 10 passengers from the same tourist group complained of feeling ill, according to an airport spokeswoman. The group, which numbered 75 in all and included about 60 youths ages 13 to 15, had just boarded AirTran Flight 497 about 8 p.m. when some members said they felt ill, said airport spokeswoman Tracy Newman. At least four people were transported to area hospitals for food poisoning, she said. Members of the group told Anne Arundel County paramedics that they had eaten chicken Caesar salads on a bus that had transported them from Washington to BWI.

Lynn Anderson

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