Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

November 01, 2006

Man arrested after trying to mow down officer

A police officer on crossing guard detail fired a shot at a man who attempted to run over him near a Towson area elementary school, authorities said.

Shortly before 3 p.m., a man in his late 20s attempted to run down an officer at Loch Raven Blvd. and Putty Hill Ave. near Oakleigh Elementary School, county police said.

After missing the officer the first time, the man turned the vehicle around and attempted to strike the officer again, said Cpl. Michael Hill, a county police spokesman.

The officer shot once at the man's car, striking its hood, police said. After missing the officer a second time, the driver fled, police said. After a brief search the man was found several blocks away and arrested, police said.

No one was injured during the incident, police said.

The driver of the vehicle was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident, police said.

Police had not released the man's name yesterday evening, and the investigation was continuing, police said.

Nick Shields

County Council

Pikesville revitalization pushed

Business owners urged the Baltimore County Council yesterday to support a proposal that would provide loans, tax credits and other incentives to merchants who move into vacant properties in Pikesville.

County Councilman Kevin B. Kamenetz is pitching the pilot program as a way to spur the revitalization of the west-side community.

One community group has come out in opposition to the legislation, saying in a letter to Kamenetz that the loans would be an improper use of taxpayer money. But the half-dozen individuals who testified at yesterday's council work session voiced support for the plan, which would not exceed $1 million in total assistance.

"This is another tool in the tool box" to lure businesses to the area, said Roland Campbell, who said he moved his business from Baltimore to Pikesville with the aid of a similar government program. "We have some blight coming into the community."

The council is scheduled to vote on the bill at Monday's meeting.

Josh Mitchell

Dundalk

One killed, another hurt in crash

One man died and another man was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday morning after a car struck a tractor-trailer in Dundalk, county police said.

About 11:15 a.m., a car struck a tractor-trailer near Merritt Boulevard and Ives Lane, police said. The driver of the car died at the scene, and the passenger was taken to Shock Trauma, police said.

Police did not release identities or ages of the people involved in the crash yesterday because relatives had not been notified. The investigation continues, police said.

Police also said yesterday that an 82-year-old Baltimore man died Friday after being struck by a van in Dundalk. Earnest Wynn of the 200 block of Chestnut St. was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he later died, police said.

Nick Shields

Books

Project targets young lead victims

Eager to help youngsters affected by lead poisoning, students at Loch Raven High donated about 1,000 children's books yesterday to families in Baltimore and Baltimore County.

Providing books to children with elevated lead levels is critical because of their increased risk for learning disabilities, according to city and county health officials.

"Lead poisoning affects learning," said Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, city health commissioner, who helped students load boxes filled with Dr. Seuss books and other offerings into his car. "One of the things that has proven to help is access to books."

Sharfstein joined Dr. Pierre N. Vigilance, director and health officer with the Baltimore County health department, in accepting the teens' donation. The health officials said they would split the books based upon the prevalence of lead poisoning cases in their jurisdictions.

In Baltimore, an estimated 800 children have elevated blood lead levels, while about 75 children are listed on the county's public health nursing case management roster, the health officials said.

Gina Davis

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