City/county Digest


July 08, 2006

Harford County: Aberdeen

Charges likely in bus crash

Maryland State Police expect charges to be filed in connection with Wednesday's crash of a school bus on Interstate 95 near Aberdeen that resulted in the serious injury of four students, authorities said yesterday. The northbound bus was in the left lane on the highway when the northbound tractor trailer, owned by Cowan Systems in Baltimore, traveled from the center lane and ran into the right side of the bus, police said. The impact forced the bus into the center median of the highway and ultimately caused it to overturn. Pavement markings in the left lane and a flattened tire on the left side of the truck support investigators' findings, police said. Police have not released the identities of the 18-year-old bus driver or the 41-year-old truck driver. The students and staff members were returning to Philadelphia aboard a chartered Yellowbird bus after a day trip to Baltimore. Deneik Brownlee, 8, of Philadelphia, suffered a severed hand, the most serious injury.

Mary Gail Hare

Carroll County: Eldersburg

Woman charged in Wal-Mart threat

A Carroll County woman accused of calling in a bomb threat to an Eldersburg Wal-Mart was arrested yesterday morning. The phoned threat shut down the store for two hours Sunday while state troopers and a canine unit searched the building, according to state police. Sharon Lee Kirkpatrick, 53, of the 6100 block of Timdan Court, Sykesville, has been charged with arson threat, telephone misuse and making a false statement about a destructive device. Kirkpatrick was taken to Carroll County Central Booking, where she was expected to appear before the District Court commissioner.

David P. Greisman

Jacuzzi stolen from house

During the July 4 holiday, a large Jacuzzi whirlpool tub was cut out of the wall of a master bathroom in an Eldersburg house under construction, the Carroll County sheriff's office reported. Another theft occurred down the road from the Liberty Road house, in which $2,000 worth of tools was stolen from a nearby business, according to Sgt. Phil Kasten. The theft of the tub, which was valued at $1,200, caused $2,000 in damage to the uninhabited house, Kasten said. The two incidents do not appear related, he said. Anyone with information on either incident should contact the sheriff's office at 410-386-2900 or the anonymous-tip line at 888-399-TIPP.

Laura McCandlish

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