Maryland Digest

MARYLAND DIGEST

December 31, 2006

Baltimore: homicide

Man shot in head is 274th killing

A 30-year-old man was fatally shot in West Baltimore early yesterday, police said. Lebard Jones, whose last known residence was in the 1600 block of Westwood Ave., was found with a gunshot wound to the back of the head about 12:30 a.m. in the 1600 block of W. North Ave. near Carey Street. Jones was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and pronounced dead about 1 a.m. Police said they had no suspects. The slaying was the 274th homicide in the city this year.

Nia-Malika Henderson

Baltimore County: Accident

Driver dies as car hits parked truck

A 22-year-old Reisterstown man died early yesterday after he drove into a tractor-trailer that was parked on the side of the Baltimore Beltway, state police said. Eric Corum of Hollings-worth Road was traveling on the outer loop of the Beltway near Interstate 83 about 4 a.m. when his 1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass ran off the road onto the right shoulder and struck the rear of the parked truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.

Nia-Malika Henderson

Towson

Fuel spill forces building evacuation

Baltimore County fire officials partially evacuated a Towson high-rise apartment building yesterday after they found a fuel leak on the top floor of the complex. Fire officials responded about 12:50 p.m. to Virginia Towers in the 500 block of Virginia Ave. after a report of a spill. They found a fuel pump leaking heating oil in the building's mechanical room and evacuated the top five floors of the 15-story senior citizens residence. After fire personnel ventilated the building and soaked up the heating fuel, residents were allowed back in about 4 p.m.

Nia-Malika Henderson

Tree pickup

Crews to be out starting Jan. 15

Baltimore County will collect Christmas trees from single-family and townhouse communities over a two-week period beginning Jan. 15. Residents should remove all decorations and leave the trees at the curb in front of their homes. Crews will not collect trees that are wrapped in plastic or trees that have been left in alleys. Trees can also be dropped off at the Western Acceptance Facility in Halethorpe, Baltimore County Resource Recovery Facility in Cockeysville or at the Eastern Sanitary Landfill Solid Waste Management Facility in White Marsh.

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