State Digest


July 31, 2006

Harford County: Scout jamboree

Dozens treated for heat illnesses

Twelve Girl Scouts attending a two-week international Scout jamboree were treated at area hospitals yesterday after being overcome by heat at the Broad Creek Boy Scout Reservation near Darlington, officials said.

About 40 others were treated at the scene for heat-related illness.

More than 1,000 boys and girls from Scouting programs in Poland, England, Australia, Argentina, Sweden and Canada were participating in ceremonies and activities at Broad Creek's Camp Spencer about 4 p.m. when some began complaining of feeling ill, according to Reed Blom, director of camp activities.

Harford County government spokeswoman Sue Collins said fire and medical units from Darlington, Bel Air, Level, Fallston, Havre de Grace and neighboring Cecil County responded, and an air-conditioned bus also was brought to the site.

Richard Irwin and Associated Press

Anne Arundel: Traffic death

Pa. driver killed attempting U-turn

An 84-year-old Pennsylvania driver was killed and his wife injured in a weekend collision in Jessup, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

Mortimer Alper of Elkins Park was driving a Toyota Camry west on Route 175 - Jessup Road, near Reece Road - about 1:30 p.m. Saturday when he attempted to make a U-turn and his car was struck on the driver's side by a westbound Ford Ranger, police said.

Alper died at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center about four hours later, while his wife, Ruth, 81, was treated at University of Maryland Medical Center for minor injuries, police said. The other driver, Joseph F. Patotschnok, 24, of Mount Airy, and his passenger were unhurt, police said.

Laura McCandlish

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