City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

August 09, 2006

Steele treated and released after accident in Arundel

Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele was treated at an Anne Arundel County hospital and released last night after the sport utility vehicle in which he was riding collided with another vehicle in Hanover, state police said.

Steele was in a state-owned 2006 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Trooper First Class Joseph G. Messinese Jr., 32, and accompanied by Trooper First Class Tony C. Gaines, 46, both of whom are members of the state police Executive Protection Section. All were wearing seat belts, police said.

The Suburban was traveling west on Dorsey Road at Ridge Road about 6:20 p.m. when a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier, driven by Brittany M. LaPorte, 19, of Baltimore, approached the intersection and struck the right-front passenger door of the Suburban, said state police spokesman Greg Shipley. Both vehicles "entered the intersection simultaneously," Shipley said, adding that a preliminary investigation indicated "there may have been driver error on the part of the trooper.

The speed limit was 45 mph, but speed did not appear to have been a factor in the crash, he said. "The lieutenant governor's vehicle was just pulling out of a gas station, so they hadn't even gotten to the speed limit yet."

Steele and the troopers were taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center, and all were treated and released. LaPorte said she was uninjured and refused treatment, police said.

Steele, a candidate for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, "is resting at home tonight," said a statement from his office to the Associated Press.

Nicole Fuller

Baltimore: Mount Vernon

Homeless man's dog lost; reward set

A reward is being offered for finding Oxter, a black dog belonging to a Mount Vernon-area homeless man that has been missing for more than a week. As word spreads about the plight of Nestor DeVenecia, who kept Oxter for companionship and as a medical-assistance dog to help him with epilepsy, hundreds of people have offered to help, says Dotsie Mack, a longtime friend of DeVenecia's who is organizing the search. Oxter, a chow mix with long, black fur, disappeared a week ago Saturday from in front of the Grand Central club on North Charles Street. The American Visionary Arts Museum and Beadazzled, a Mount Vernon craft store where Mack works, have established a reward fund.

Anyone with information on Oxter, call 443-629-6398.

Jill Rosen

Howard County: Elkridge

Traffic-light repair closes I-95 ramp

A ramp off Interstate 95 in Elkridge remained closed last night for repairs to a traffic light at an interchange that was the site of an accident in January in which two Howard County teenagers were killed when a tractor-trailer went through a failed signal. The ramp to eastbound Route 175 off southbound I-95 was closed Monday evening after a storm knocked out power to a light. Sandy Dobson, a spokeswoman for the State Highway Administration, said it was hoped the ramp would be reopened this morning.

Anne Arundel: Accident

Glen Burnie man, 74, dies in collision

A 74-year-old Glen Burnie man died Monday after his car was struck head-on by a pickup truck near BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, Anne Arundel County police said. Calvin Charles Ebberts of Glenmont Avenue was pronounced dead at the scene. Stephen West Angst, 57, of Upper Marlboro, who was driving the Ford F-250 with a trailer, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center, authorities said. According to police, Angst was driving west on Dorsey Road at 1:15 p.m. when he attempted a left turn and hit Ebberts' Chevrolet Nova, which was traveling eastbound on Dorsey Road.

Annie Linskey

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