City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

August 10, 2006

Call center to answer back-to-school questions

The Baltimore school system has opened a call center for families with back-to-school questions.

The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sept. 1 at school system headquarters, 200 E. North Ave. Families can reach the center by calling 443-984-1177.

Staffed with volunteers, the center is prepared to answer questions about issues including school registration, immunization, school assignments, transfers and transportation.

In its fourth year, the center has responded to more than 3,000 calls. Interim Chief Executive Officer Charlene Cooper Boston said the center serves a particularly important function this year because 4,300 students are being reassigned because of closures and consolidations. Schools open Aug. 28.

Sara Neufeld

Anne Arundel: Hanover

Auto accident causes Steele to miss events

Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele canceled his public appearances yesterday after being injured Tuesday evening in a traffic accident, but he expects to return to his office today or tomorrow, a spokesman said. Steele was being driven to a private event by a state trooper in a state-owned Chevrolet Suburban sport utility vehicle when it collided with an automobile on Dorsey Road in Hanover, police reported. Steele experienced some stiffness and stayed home yesterday as a precaution, said his spokesman, Bryon N. Johnston Jr. First Sgt. Russell Newell, a state police spokesman, said the preliminary investigation suggests that Steele's driver was at fault.

Andrew A. Green

Carroll County: Taneytown

Man, 73, is killed in cycle accident

A 73-year-old man was killed in a motorcycle accident in Taneytown yesterday morning, Taneytown Police Chief Bill Tyler said.

The man, driving a Harley Davidson, was heading east in the 200 block of E. Baltimore St. when he veered into the opposite lane and hit a retaining wall at 10:06 a.m., Tyler said. He was pronounced dead at Carroll Hospital Center. A pre-existing medical condition may have caused the accident, Tyler said.

The man's name is not being released until his family has been notified.

Laura McCandlish

Howard County: West Friendship

Horse falls on girl at county fair

A 10-year-old girl was reported in serious condition at Johns Hopkins Hospital after a horse fell on her yesterday at the Howard County Fair in West Friendship, a spokesman for the county Department of Fire and Rescue Services said. The girl, whose name was not disclosed, was thrown to the ground during a show event about 6:30 p.m. and suffered leg and possible internal injuries, said spokesman Bill Mould. She was flown to the hospital by a state police helicopter and admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit, state police said.

Richard Irwin

Baltimore: Heat relief

Drive seeks fans for elderly residents

A drive to collect new electric fans and air conditioners for elderly low-income city residents is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Mondawmin Mall. The organizers of the drive are seeking 500 fans and air conditioners that will be distributed at four senior citizen centers. The collection point for the Seniors Beat the Heat/Fan Drive is on the west side of the mall near the Motor Vehicle Administration building. Extreme heat this summer has been blamed for 21 deaths statewide, including seven in Baltimore, according to health officials.

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