City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

September 17, 2006

Baltimore: Mondawmin Mall

Governor unveils shuttle bus fleet

Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. unveiled a new three-bus fleet yesterday to serve residents who live near Mondawmin Mall in Baltimore. Maryland Transit Administration officials spent $1 million on the vehicles, purchased after residents complained that the old buses were noisy and uncomfortable. The shuttle route will pick up residents as far north as Cold Spring Road Lane and will connect several area senior citizen centers to the mall. "You deserve to have a better mall. You deserve to have a better, safer community and you deserve to have better transportation," Ehrlich said during a brief visit with residents. Mondawmin is undergoing a $70 million renovation.

John Fritze

Baltimore County: Catonsville

Police identify victim of shooting

Baltimore County police identified yesterday a man who was found fatally shot near his home in Catonsville on Friday night. After a man was seen running from a field behind houses near Winters Lane and Booker Road about 9 p.m. Friday, officers at the scene found Dejuan Carlos Lumpkins, 24, of the 100 block of Winters Lane suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper chest .

Howard County: Ellicott City

Man surrenders after standoff

An armed Ellicott City man who had holed up inside his home yesterday and threatened to kill himself and others surrendered to authorities peacefully, Howard County police. Officers responded to the 2800 block of Pinewick Road about 8 a.m. to calls of a man making threats. Neighbors were evacuated, according to the statement. A police negotiator talked the man, whom police declined to identify, into surrendering about 10:45 a.m. Police said they recovered three weapons from the home. The man was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation, and charges were pending, authorities said.

Anne Arundel: BWI airport

Suspicious luggage prompts evacuation

Authorities evacuated parts of Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport for about an hour yesterday morning to investigate a suspicious bag, an airport spokeswoman said. Transportation Security Administration officials evacuated gates A-1 through A-5 of the Southwest Airlines terminal about 9 a.m. after an X-ray screening of checked luggage showed something suspicious, said Cheryl Stewart, a BWI spokeswoman. The terminal reopened about 10 a.m., after authorities determined that the contents - keys wrapped with an electrical cord - were harmless.

Harford County: Belcamp

Man is killed in head-on collision

An Aberdeen man was killed in a head-on vehicle collision on Route 7 near Bristol Forest Court in Belcamp early yesterday, according to the Maryland State Police. Kenneth William O'Donnell, 41, of South Philadelphia Road in Aberdeen was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. He was the passenger in a 1994 Mercury Sable that collided with a 2004 Chrysler minivan about 1 a.m.

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