City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

May 15, 2006

Harford County: Joppa

Man killed riding up quarry wall on ATV

A Harford County man was fatally crushed under his all-terrain vehicle while four-wheeling at a Joppa quarry Saturday night, the county sheriff's office said yesterday.

Thomas G. Johnson, 41, of the 400 block of Berkshire Court in Joppa was found dead at the bottom of the Fort Hoyle Road quarry just before 11 p.m., said Bob Thomas, spokesman for the sheriff's office.

Johnson's ATV flipped on top of him as he attempted to scale the quarry's 200-foot incline, Thomas said. Johnson had left home about 9 p.m. Saturday night, Thomas said.

The cause of death, described as internal injuries, is being further investigated through the state medical examiner's office.

Laura McCandlish

Baltimore: Schools

Classrooms are now connected to Web

Baltimore city and school system officials plan to announce today the completion of a citywide, multiyear initiative to wire schools to the Internet and provide classrooms with other technology. Mayor Martin O'Malley is scheduled to join schools Chief Executive Officer Bonnie S. Copeland, school board Chairman Brian D. Morris and others for the announcement at Medfield Heights Elementary School. With the exception of four schools undergoing renovations, every school in Baltimore City now has access to the technology needed for transmitting voice, data and video, according to school system officials. Money for the project came from the Maryland Public School Construction Program, the city and the federal government, officials said.

Sara Neufeld

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