City/county Digest


July 29, 2006

Towson sailor killed by bomb in Iraq

A Towson sailor was killed in Iraq on Wednesday by a bomb that exploded while he was searching for explosives or mines, the Department of Defense announced yesterday.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Edward A. Koth, 30, died at Camp Victory, Iraq, in an incident that is under investigation, according to a statement released by the Department of Defense.

He was assigned to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Eight, serving with the Multinational Corps Iraq in Baghdad.

Family members gathered at a home in Towson last night declined to comment, saying it was too soon after they had received the news of Koth's death.

Sara Neufeld and Nick Shields

Anne Arundel: Glen Burnie

Construction worker killed in accident

A construction worker was killed yesterday in an accident that occurred during demolition work at the site of the Marley Middle School in Glen Burnie. A fire department spokesman said a man in a backhoe was killed about 4 p.m. in an accident at the school on the 7700 block of Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. Details about the accident, including the man's identity, were not immediately available last night. A new $33 million Marley Middle School will open to pupils next month, and the old school building is currently being demolished.

Sara Neufeld

Baltimore: U.S. court

Man used fake ID to get others' benefits

A 65-year-old Baltimore man admitted that he obtained fake identification cards to receive federal benefits intended for other people who were dead. According to the statement of facts provided to the court as part of the plea agreement Thursday, Roy L. Roscoe obtained a fraudulent Maryland Department of Social Services identification card bearing his photograph and the name and identifying information for Robert Montgomery, who died on June 14, 1991. He went to the Social Security Administration, where he applied for Supplemental Security Income in Robert Montgomery's name, according to prosecutors. From 1992 through this year, Roscoe received $87,552 in benefits.

Matthew Dolan

South side

Streets to close for Fire Expo parade

Several streets will be closed tomorrow in South Baltimore and around the Inner Harbor for the annual Fire Expo parade that is to start at 9 a.m. at Key Highway between Covington and Cross streets. The following streets will be closed from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: northbound Light Street from Key Highway to Conway Street; northbound Key Highway from Lawrence to Light streets. Detours will be in effect.


Clifton Park pool to close for 2 days

The Clifton Park pool in Northeast Baltimore will be closed for about two days so workers can repair an underground water line near the wading pool, the Department of Recreation and Parks announced. Crews have to shut running water to the pool facility - at 2103 Sinclair Lane - to excavate the area and fix the broken pipe. Information: 410-396-6694.

Maryland: Bay Bridge

Eastbound span to close tonight

The Maryland Transportation Authority will close the eastbound span of the Bay Bridge tonight at 10 o'clock so that crews can repair overhead lane control signals. Two-way traffic will operate on the westbound span. The lanes will reopen at 9 a.m. tomorrow.

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