Man burned badly in Woodbine house fire

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

August 17, 2006

A 39-year-old man was badly burned in a fire at his Woodbine home early yesterday after he fell asleep smoking in bed, Deputy Fire Marshal Tim Warner said.

Keith Welsh of the 7000 block of Woodbine Road suffered second-degree burns over 80 percent of his body, Warner said. He is listed in critical condition at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Welsh's mother, Betty Welsh, 62, was treated for smoke inhalation at Carroll Hospital Center, Warner said.

No smoke detectors were found in the home, he said. The 1 1/2 -story frame house sustained $30,000 worth of damage, mostly in the bedroom area, Warner said.

Laura McCandlish

Baltimore: Federal court

Man gets 17 years as a career criminal

A Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday in federal court to serve 17 years in prison for being an armed career criminal in possession of handgun during a traffic stop. Sean Davon Scott, 27, had previous convictions for drug trafficking and assault, prosecutors said. A jury convicted Scott on May 3. According to trial testimony, a Baltimore police officer stopped Scott's car for a cracked windshield Aug. 1 last year. Scott was seen by the officer adjusting an object that was bulging at his waistband. The officer frisked Scott and recovered a loaded .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun in his waistband, according to prosecutors.

Matthew Dolan

Traffic

Ramps on I-95, I-895 to close for paving

The Maryland Transportation Authority will close ramps on Interstates 95 and 895 tonight for paving work. The Exit 11B ramp from northbound I-895 to O'Donnell Street will be closed from 7 p.m. today to 5 a.m. tomorrow. The entrance ramp from Kane Street to southbound I-95 will be closed from 8 p.m. today to 5 a.m. tomorrow. The construction work may be suspended in inclement weather.

The zoo

Teddy Bear Picnic set for Sunday

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore will hold a Teddy Bear picnic from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Participants are invited to take their favorite teddy bear and enter it in a contest for most old-fashioned, best-dressed, biggest, most unique and best zoo-themed bears. Prizes include teddy bears and restaurant and gift certificates. Tickets are $15 for zoo members, $25 for nonmembers and $5 for children ages 2 and under. The first 50 children who arrived dressed in bear costumes get a free Brother Bear 2 digital video disc. Information: 443-552-5276.

Anne Arundel: Naval Academy

Former instructor's court-martial delayed

The court-martial of a former Naval Academy instructor accused of making sexually explicit comments to midshipmen last summer was postponed yesterday, according to both sides. Lt. Bryan Black, who taught classes in the oceanography department until this year, will face a charge of conduct unbecoming an officer at the Washington Navy Yard on Oct. 3. The trial was rescheduled to allow the Navy to bring in a potential witness from deployment in the Pacific, according to Black's attorney. His trial will be the third this year involving sexual misconduct charges of Naval Academy personnel.

Bradley Olson

Harford County: Humane Society

Incentive offered for pet adoption

An all-night adopt-a-thon and sales promotion at the Humane Society of Harford County over the weekend helped 33 animals find homes. In part to mark its 60th anniversary next year, the Fallston shelter reduced adoption fees -- typically $80 to $150 -- to $19.47 and plans to extend the incentive to this weekend.

Mary Gail Hare

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