City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

November 10, 2006

Baltimore: North side

Maintenance man dies fleeing fire

A maintenance employee at a North Baltimore apartment building died yesterday evening after suffering an apparent heart attack while fleeing a fire in a unit in which he was working, a city Fire Department spokesman said.

The man, whose name was not made public, was working in a third-floor unit at Arbor Oaks Apartments in the 6000 block of Marjorie Lane about 5 p.m. when the small fire of unknown cause broke out, prompting him to flee, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, the spokesman.

Outside, the man went into cardiac arrest; he was pronounced dead about 30 minutes later at Good Samaritan Hospital, Cartwright said.

An autopsy was to determine if the man's death was related to the fire, which was confined to one room but forced two occupants of an adjacent apartment to flee, the spokesman said.

Richard Irwin

Politics

Meister plans run for City Council

Adam Meister, a Reservoir Hill resident who has questioned City Hall's handling of abandoned property, said yesterday he will run for City Council in the 11th District.

Meister, who turns 30 today, will formally announce the decision this weekend, months before the Sept. 11 primary election.

His decision is significant because he lives in the council district occupied by Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr., who many believe will run for mayor next year.

Meister has become something of a neighborhood advocate, arguing that Baltimore has not done enough to develop chronically vacant homes.

"There's a lot of people who are turned off by the bureaucracy who would [otherwise] live there," said Meister, also a long-distance runner. "There are a lot of unresolved things out there."

John Fritze

Traffic

Repairs to shut parts of Charles, Lombard

Repair work this weekend will force a partial closure of Charles Street south of Lombard Street from 3 a.m. tomorrow until 7 a.m. Sunday, according to the Baltimore Department of Transportation. Charles Street will be reduced to two lanes in the area. The left lane of westbound Lombard Street also will be closed at that intersection. The work is needed to repair areas damaged by a gas leak two weeks ago.

Inner Harbor

Norwegian tall ship is arriving today

A 92-year-old Norwegian tall ship -- the HNoMS Stratsraad Lehmkuhl -- is to arrive in Baltimore's Inner Harbor at 10 a.m. today and will be open for free tours this weekend. The 323-foot ship is sailed by the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy first-year officer cadets on a training mission. A welcome ceremony is scheduled until noon, and public tours will be offered from noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday.

Maryland Zoo

Free admission on Veterans Day

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore will offer free admission tomorrow in recognition of Veterans Day. The Zoo Salute! -- scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- is part of the Free Fall Baltimore program, and it will include live military-theme musical performances from 10 a.m. to noon at Schaefer Plaza and from noon to 2 p.m. at Flockers Field. Information: 410-396-7102.

Harford County: Aberdeen

Man, girl, 2, killed in head-on crash

Two people -- including a 2-year-old girl -- were killed Wednesday night in a head-on crash near Aberdeen. The Harford County Sheriff's Office said witnesses reported that a Ford Explorer operated by Mary Elizabeth Coale, 22, of Darlington crossed the center lines on Stepney Road about 7 p.m. and struck a GMC Suburban driven by Edward Eugene Myers, 42, of Aberdeen. Coale's 2-year-old daughter, a passenger in her car, was taken to Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace and died a short time later. Myers died after surgery at Shock Trauma late Wednesday night.

Justin Fenton

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