City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

June 13, 2006

Teenage girl fatally hurt in accident in Carroll

A Baltimore County girl was fatally injured yesterday in a three-vehicle accident on the Route 26 bridge over the Liberty Reservoir in the Eldersburg area, just west of Baltimore County, state police said.

Tamara A. Alston, 16, of the 4200 block of Cayuga Road in Randallstown was driving a Dodge Neon west in the eastbound lane of Route 26 shortly before 7 a.m., police said. While attempting to re-enter the westbound lane, Alston's vehicle was struck on the driver's side by an eastbound Honda Pilot. An eastbound Toyota Sienna then struck both cars, police said. Police said the teenager was pronounced dead at the scene.

Susan A. Black, 44, of the 1000 block of Montclare Drive in Sykesville, the driver of the Honda, was treated for head injuries at Maryland Shock Trauma Center and released, a hospital spokeswoman said. The driver of the Toyota, Genell L. Reed, 36, of the 6200 block of Samara Circle in Sykesville, was treated at Northwest Hospital in Randallstown and released, hospital staff said.

Laura McCandlish

Baltimore: Schools

System ends probe into officials' trip

The city school system has ended its internal investigation into a fishing trip taken by top officials and a list of allegations against senior staff. The state prosecutor's office continues to investigate the matter. Chief Operating Officer Eric T. Letsinger was fired last month as a result of the system's internal investigation. School system spokeswoman Edie House said yesterday that no disciplinary action would be taken against other employees. Letsinger came under scrutiny for taking 10 school system and city employees on a fishing trip last month. While Letsinger paid for the $1,600 trip himself, there were questions about whether he intended to use system funds before details of the trip were made public on the radio.

Sara Neufeld

Fort McHenry

Flag Day event set for tomorrow

An evening of patriotic songs, tributes, and fireworks is scheduled for Flag Day tomorrow at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. The event is sponsored by the National Flag Day Foundation's Pause for the Pledge of Allegiance program, which encourages citizens around the country to recite the pledge at 7 p.m. Organizers said there will be performances by the 229th Maryland Army National Guard Band and other musical groups to honor the men and women serving in the armed forces. Admission is free, and the event begins at 6:30 p.m.

Howard County: Columbia

Board meeting set on tot-lot proposal

The Columbia Association board will hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow to discuss a motion to close and remove the Lake Elkhorn tot lot. In September, a 23-month-old boy drowned in Lake Elkhorn after wandering from the tot lot, which is about 150 feet from the dock of the lake. On Thursday, the CA board voted against a fencing option in favor of removing the playground. Tomorrow's meeting is in response to residents' concerns about removing the tot lot, said Tom O'Connor, chairman of the CA board. Residents who sign up before the meeting will be allowed to make comments. The meeting will be held at CA headquarters, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia.

Information: 410-715-3111.

Tyrone Richardson

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