City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

May 23, 2006

Funeral for officer to be held Friday

The funeral for Baltimore police Officer Anthony A. Byrd, who died last week in a collision involving two police cruisers, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Zion Baptist Church, 1700 N. Caroline St.

There will be a private family viewing from noon to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Vaughn C. Greene Funeral Home, 8728 Liberty Road, in Randallstown. A general viewing will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday. Interment will be at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium.

Byrd, 31, an 11-year veteran, is survived by his wife of five years, Shantel, and his two daughters, Toni, 11, and Kierra, 9.

Police said yesterday that they are investigating the crash that occurred in Southwest Baltimore on Friday.

Anne Arundel: BWI

Amtrak train fire forces evacuation

About 225 people were evacuated yesterday from an Amtrak train that caught fire at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, but no one was injured, according to airport officials. Airport firefighters responded about 12:30 p.m. to reports of smoke in a car on Train 141, bound for Washington. Firefighters found a fire smoldering in the insulation beneath the floor. The fire was quickly extinguished. Passengers aboard the train were put on a MARC train. Fire officials are investigating.

Nia-Malika Henderson

Harford County: Shipment

Chemical samples arrive safely at APG

Small samples of a chemical-weapons agent from the Pine Bluff Arsenal in White Hall, Ark., were safely delivered to Aberdeen Proving Ground, the arsenal said yesterday. The samples, amounting to less than a half-cup, will be analyzed at APG to help determine safe disposal options for one-ton containers of GB agent at the arsenal, the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency said in a news release. The samples were taken by Army helicopter to a Pine Bluff airport, transferred to an Army aircraft and flown to Maryland on Saturday. Soldiers from the U.S. Army 22nd Chemical Battalion accompanied the shipment.

Associated Press

Harford County: Appointment

Richardson chosen for economic post

James C. Richardson, Harford County's human resources director and a former small-business owner once appointed by President Ronald Reagan to oversee Maryland's Farm Service Agency, was announced yesterday as the county's new economic development director. Richardson would replace J. Thomas Sadowski, who left the county government in January to join the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore. The interim replacement, Denise Carnaggio, would remain with the county and work on issues related to expansion at Aberdeen Proving Ground. The County Council is expected to act on the appointment tonight.

Justin Fenton

Harford County: Bel Air

Plan to raze school delayed for 30 days

Bel Air officials, preservationists and alumni of the Bel Air Academy and Graded School won a 30-day reprieve last night from the Harford County Board of Education's plans to demolish the 1884 brick schoolhouse. Harford County Executive David R. Craig said he has received numerous pleas to save the two-story building on Gordon Street and wanted the board to delay its decision to give the town time to work out details for reusing the building instead of demolishing it. Superintendent Jacqueline C. Haas has recommended razing the vacant structure, the site of school administrative offices for more than 50 years, and using the land to extend the parking lot, bus loop and playground at nearby Bel Air Elementary School. Town engineers have deemed the building, which is adjacent to the county Historical Society, salvageable and reusable, possibly as apartments for senior citizens.

Mary Gail Hare

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