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September 23, 2006

Baltimore: McHenry Tunnel

Israeli questioned after taking photos

An Israeli man was questioned and released last night by Maryland State Police after he snapped some photos while driving south through the Fort McHenry Tunnel. Acting on a tip from a motorist, state police stopped the 24-year-old man, who was not identified, on Interstate 95 in Prince George's County about 7 p.m., according to police spokesman Gregory Shipley. Police took him to the College Park barracks for further questioning. Tunnels and bridges are considered potential targets for terrorist attacks. Police found a digital camera in the green 1998 van the man was driving, and the camera contained images of the approach to the tunnel and the tunnel's interior, Shipley said. The man explained that he was on vacation and visiting friends in the Baltimore area. He told police he took the photos because there are no similar tunnels in Israel. He was released about 11:30 p.m. Shipley said the investigation is continuing.

Douglas Birch

Carroll County: Sykesville

Westminster man dies in collision

A Westminster man died after his pickup truck collided with a dump truck, closing a section of Liberty Road in Sykesville for two hours yesterday morning, state police said. William Olyn Grieves II, 30, of the 500 block of South Hills Court was driving a 2007 Ford F350 on eastbound Liberty Road about 6 a.m. when he struck the rear of a dump truck that had stopped to turn left onto Enterprise Street. The crash pushed the dump truck - driven by Matthew Junk, 23, of the 400 block of Poole Road, Westminster - into the driver's side of a 2003 Ford Focus driven by Gary Fuhrman, 60, of the 1400 block of Becket Road, Sykesville. Junk and Fuhrman were not injured, but Grieves died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

Gina Davis

Prince George's: College Park

Obama to join Cardin at rally

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama is scheduled to appear Wednesday morning in College Park with Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Benjamin L. Cardin. Cardin, who is running against Republican Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele to replace retiring Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, will also be joined at the event by Maryland Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski. The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the William Hoff Theater at the University of Maryland.

Jennifer Skalka

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