City/county Digest


July 20, 2006

Hundreds seek city's help in coping with the heat wave

Hundreds of Baltimore residents have sought help from the city to deal with the heat in recent days, officials said yesterday.

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley reminded residents to be wary of the heat, despite a recent drop in temperatures, and said residents may still call 311 to seek services.

The city did not declare a Code Red day yesterday for the first time this week. Additional city services, such as cooling stations, are made available when officials use the Code Red designation.

Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein said the city is reviewing 911 calls and emergency-room data to determine the extent of health problems caused by this week's heat. No deaths have been connected with the weather in the city, he said. State officials have said three people in Maryland have died of heat-related ailments since Friday.

John Fritze

Baltimore: Mayor's office

O'Malley to attend NAACP convention

Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley is expected to make a last-minute schedule change today to attend the annual convention of the NAACP, an organization he is trying to keep headquartered in Baltimore. O'Malley is expected to arrive at the convention site in Washington this morning and attend a speech by President Bush. Officials with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People announced in May that they intend to move the organization's headquarters to Washington. O'Malley said city officials are now trying to persuade the group's real estate agency to look for alternative locations in Baltimore. "I'd like to go to it, if only to be a presence," O'Malley said yesterday. "We won't really sit down and do a lot of business ... but it's important as part of the effort to go there."

Carroll County: Eldersburg

Fire destroys barn, 1,800 bales of straw

A three-alarm fire destroyed a 50-foot-by-100-foot, two-story barn filled with 1,800 bales of straw on an Eldersburg farm Tuesday evening, causing an estimated $125,000 in damage, the Maryland state fire marshal's office said yesterday. A Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department firefighter leaving work about 5:30 p.m. saw smoke and discovered the barn engulfed in flames, officials said. The barn is owned by Jerome Bollinger of the 200 block of Liberty Road. Sixty firefighters from 10 companies in five counties fought the blaze. Machinery and vehicles were moved away from the burning barn, officials said. Firefighters used tanker trucks to shuttle water from two hydrants to protect other property, said Winfield Fire Chief Greg Dods.

Ellie Baublitz

Route 140

Man, 52, killed in traffic accident

A Carroll County man was killed Tuesday night on eastbound Route 140 between Westminster and Finksburg after he lost control of his westbound Nissan 350Z and crossed the median just after 10 p.m., state police said yesterday. James R. Daily, 52, of the 300 block of N. Gorsuch Road in Westminster, died at the scene after his car was struck by two other vehicles, police said. Jennifer Markowitz, 30, of the 700 block of S. Highland Ave. in Baltimore, struck the Nissan with her eastbound Jeep Liberty, police said. She was treated and released from Maryland Shock Trauma Center early yesterday, the hospital's spokeswoman said. Linda Guers, 47, of the 4600 block of Pleasant Grove Road in Reisterstown, also struck the Nissan with her Subaru Outback, police said. She refused treatment.

Laura McCandlish

Anne Arundel: Bay Bridge

Search on for body after car abandoned

Authorities continued to search the Chesapeake Bay near the twin spans of the Bay Bridge yesterday for the body of a possible suicide victim after a car was found abandoned on the westbound span Tuesday afternoon. Battalion Chief Steve Thompson of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department said the department was using side scan sonar -- a device used to "see" objects on the bottom of the bay -- in an attempt to find a body. None was found as of yesterday evening, authorities said.

Annie Linskey

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