City/county Digest


September 15, 2006



City is trying out solar trash unit

The city Department of Public Works put out a new solar-powered trash compactor at the Inner Harbor yesterday, hoping that processing refuse on site will reduce collection costs. The Department of Public Works said that if the experiment works, the city plans to buy up to 15 more containers called "Big Belly" and place them around the harbor. Each unit is 50 inches high and 2 feet wide, weighs 540 pounds and can hold two 26-gallon trash containers.

"Compaction on site saves labor costs, eliminates unsightly, overflowing cans and provides pest control," the statement said. The city says 50 of the machines are being used in Queens, N.Y.



Injured toddler out of the hospital

A 15-month-old boy who suffered head injuries after being dragged when he fell out of a moving car was released yesterday afternoon from Johns Hopkins Children?s Center, according toWestminster police.

The boywas riding in the back seat of a 1995 Chevrolet Lumina with his mother, a 16-year-old Hampstead resident, when the car made a left turn from Main Street onto Railroad Avenue and the rear passenger-side door opened, police said.

The boy " who was not in a car seat, as required by law " fell from the car. The vehicle lacked an infant car seat, police said.

Witnesses told police that it appeared the boy?s foot had become tangled in a seat belt and he was dragged about 80 feet before the car stopped.

The mother and the driver, a 16-year-old Westminster resident ? whose names are being withheld because they are juveniles ? were not injured, but the driver was taken to Carroll Hospital Center as a precaution, police said.



COLUMBIA Man, daughter, 15, drown in Ocean City

A Columbia man and his 15-year-old daughter drowned in rough water off the 78th Street beach yesterday evening, Ocean City police said. Douglas Martin, 46, of Columbia and his three teenage daughters were swimming about 6 p.m. when they were drawn quickly into deeper water, a witness told police. A 17-year-old was able to swim to shore, and another, 13, floated on her back andwas rescued by an off-duty beach patrol officer, police said. Martin, on his way back to shore, realized daughter Amy, 15, was still out there and turned around? and both drowned, police said. ASSOCIATED PRESS

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