City/county Digest


August 19, 2006


Calvert Co. woman is killed in crash

A Calvert County woman was killed yesterday when her motorcycle was struck by a sport utility vehicle in a three-vehicle accident in Lothian, Anne Arundel County police said. Anne Fordham Smith, 42, of Huntingtown was thrown from her bike after being hit about 7:30 a.m. by a Chevy Trailblazer heading north on Route 4 near the intersection with Route 258. The Trailblazer then rear-ended a Toyota 4Runner, sending it into a guardrail. The drivers of the Trailblazer and 4Runner were treated at area hospitals and released. Police said the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Bradley Olson

Linthicum Hgts.

Babies Summit continues today

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will continue a Healthy Babies Summit today in the conference center at the Maritime Institute, 692 Maritime Blvd., Linthicum Heights. The event will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today, and from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. tomorrow. More than 85 health care, government, community, and religious leaders will participate. The summit will focus on the high number of African- American babies who die before their first birthday, the factors that lead to infant mortality and developing a plan to eliminate infant deaths. Information: 410-222-4508.

Carroll County: Westminster

Bicyclist dies after being struck by car

A Westminster woman who was struck by a car while riding her bicycle early Thursday morning died that night of her injuries at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, a spokesman for the Carroll County Sheriff's Office said yesterday. Jennifer Michele Clayton, 38, of the 3400 block of Uniontown Road was riding south on Clear Ridge Road near New Windsor when she was struck by a southbound Saturn, authorities said. Authorities said they are looking for the driver of a dark-colored pickup truck who might have witnessed the collision.

David P. Greisman

Howard County: Clarksville

Police raise reward for vandalism tips

Howard County police have increased to $5,000 from $500 the reward for information in a string of vandalism incidents in Clarksville, the department announced yesterday. Some of the incidents have been classified as hate crimes because they included the spray-painting of racial slurs and swastikas. Police believe that all of the cases are related and were committed overnight Tuesday. Police are increasing patrols and distributing fliers in the River Hill area of Clarksville, where most of the incidents occurred. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-313-3700.

Melissa Harris

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