City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

October 19, 2006

Anne Arundel: Annapolis Man may have been hit-and-run victim

Annapolis police said yesterday that they are investigating a hit-and-run accident that may have led to the death of an Annapolis man. Stanley Watkins, 50, was walking eastbound on Bay Ridge Road about 8:30 p.m. Oct. 11 when he was struck by a car. At the scene, Watkins was able to tell police that a red or maroon sport utility vehicle or car hit him and kept going. Watkins was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center with injuries that weren't considered life-threatening, police said. He was later transferred to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died Saturday. Officer Kevin Freeman, a city police spokesman, said it has not been determined whether Watkins' death was caused by injuries sustained in the accident or another medical condition. Anyone with information is asked to call 410-268-9000 or 410-268-4141.

Baltimore: Transportation

City targets illegal disabled-space users

Baltimore authorities will be deploying today in an effort to ticket motorists who illegally park in handicapped spaces. The city's Department of Transportation said the effort is to "raise awareness on the proper use of disability tags." In a statement, the agency said: "Motorists without disabilities who park vehicles in spaces specifically marked for the handicapped even `just a minute' is 60 seconds too long." Agents from the Baltimore Department of Transportation, the Parking Authority of Baltimore City and city police plan to send agents to areas where the privilege is most often abused.

Fells Point

Canadian frigate to offer tours

A Canadian frigate is set to visit Baltimore this weekend and offer free tours. The HMCS Toronto - a 442-foot Halifax-class ship with 198 officers and crew - is set to arrive tomorrow at 9 a.m. and depart Monday. A public welcome is set for noon Friday. Hosted by the nonprofit group Sail Baltimore, the ship will be open for free tours Saturday and Sunday afternoons, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., on the Fells Point Broadway Pier at the end of South Broadway. More information: www.sailbaltimore.org or call 410-522-7300.

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