City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

November 27, 2006

Arundel motorcyclist dies in collision with SUV

A Gambrills motorcyclist died after a collision with a sport utility vehicle near Crofton on Saturday night, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

Kenneth H. Meadows, 49, of the 1700 block of Thistle Court was driving a 2005 Harley-Davidson motorcycle east on Defense Highway when he crested the hill near Jolie Place about 6:20 p.m. and found that traffic was stopped for a left-turning vehicle, police said.

Meadows attempted to brake for the stopped traffic and locked the rear wheel, causing him to skid about 145 feet before losing control and being thrown from the motorcycle, police said.

Meadows and the motorcycle crossed into the westbound lanes, where he and the bike slid nearly 70 more feet before hitting the back of a 2003 Ford Explorer driven by Kathleen Anne Harasek, 47, of Potomac Falls, Va.

Police said Meadows died after being flown to Prince George's Medical Center in Cheverly.

No one in the Explorer was injured.

Police said there was an indication that Meadows might have been drinking before the crash.

Arin Gencer

Howard County: Columbia

2 people in car die; other driver cited

Two people whose car was struck by an alleged drunken driver in Columbia on Thanksgiving night have died, Howard County police reported. The victims were stopped at a traffic light at 10:20 p.m. in a Toyota Corolla when it was struck by a Nissan Sentra at the intersection of Routes 175 and 108, police said. The driver, Jennifer Bower, 24, of Montgomery Village, and passenger, Brian Matthews, 21, of Columbia, were flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where they later died, police said. The driver of the Nissan, Eduardo Raul Morales Soriano, 25, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, police said, adding that he was not injured, police said.

Julie Scharper

Baltimore: Cherry Hill

Burning body found; suicide suspected

A man's body was found burning in an open field in Cherry Hill in what might have been a suicide, a city Fire Department spokesman said yesterday. Firefighters received a call from a cell phone at 11:45 a.m. yesterday, reporting that something was burning in a field in the 900 block of Veronica Ave., said Chief Kevin Cartwright, department spokesman. When firefighters arrived, they saw the body, Cartwright said. A gasoline can and cigarette lighter were next to the man, he said. "It is our suspicion, at this point, that the individual set himself on fire in a suicide attempt," Cartwright said. City fire and police officials were investigating, and the medical examiner was called to the scene, he said.

Arin Gencer

education

Forum to be held on charter schools

The Baltimore school system will hold a public forum tomorrow on 13 applications to establish charter schools for the 2007-2008 academic year. The forum will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the board room at school system headquarters, 200 E. North Ave. During the forum, applicants will describe their proposals for charter schools, and city residents will have an opportunity to comment. Through Dec. 6, written comments may be submitted to charterschools@ bcps.k12.md.us or sent to the system's charter school office. To sign up to speak at the public forum, call 410-396-8550.

Sara Neufeld

Enoch Pratt

Book sale set for this weekend

The Enoch Pratt Free Library is set to hold its annual book sale this weekend at the central library, 400 Cathedral St. Proceeds from the sale of thousands of new and used books, compact discs, magazines and videotapes will benefit the library. The sale is set for Dec. 1 and Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Dec. 3 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Prices range from 10 cents for posters to $2 for boxes of books, except for some rare items.

East side

Part of Ashland Ave. closed through Feb.

Baltimore transportation officials are planning to close Ashland Avenue to through traffic between Wolfe and Washington streets starting today. The closure of the street in East Baltimore is expected to continue until Feb. 1, according to transportation officials, to accommodate utility work. Detours are expected to be posted in the area.

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