City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

March 03, 2007

Harford: Aberdeen

Apartment building burns; no injuries

As a vacant Aberdeen apartment building undergoing renovations burned late yesterday, fire department dispatchers mistakenly believed at one point that firefighters were trapped inside. No one was injured, however.

The fire, which was reported at 5:08 p.m., was in the 100 block of Hamilton Place, in the Washington Park Apartment complex, which is being rehabbed and renamed the Old Post Affinity Apartments.

It took firefighters 20 minutes to bring the two-alarm fire under control. It began on the building's second floor, and spread, said Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Foundation Vice President Albert Bair.

He said someone accidentally hit an emergency button on a fire radio, a signal that indicates a firefighter is in trouble.

Justin Fenton

Baltimore: East side

Three men are hurt in shooting

Three men were injured yesterday evening in an East Baltimore shooting, according to Baltimore police. Officers who responded to shots fired near of Kenwood Avenue and Biddle Street about 6 p.m. found one victim lying on the street with a gunshot wound to his right side. Two other men wounded in the shooting had driven themselves to Johns Hopkins Hospital by the time police arrived. Spokesman Donny Moses said all three men were being treated for nonlife-threatening injuries.

Ruma Kumar

U.S. court

14-year term in crack case

A 29-year-old Baltimore man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing crack cocaine with the intention of selling it. Chief U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg sentenced Jermaine Johnson after finding that he was a career criminal, based on two prior convictions. Officers saw Johnson involved in a drug deal when they arrested him July 24, 2005. During the arrest, the officers recovered 10 bags containing 2 grams of crack cocaine from Johnson. They also found a revolver and a .22-caliber pistol from the place where they saw Johnson drop an object, prosecutors said.

Matthew Dolan

jfx

Two ramps close for part of today

On- and off-ramps on the northbound and southbound lanes of the Jones Falls Expressway at Cold Spring Lane and Northern Parkway will be closed periodically today from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Baltimore Department of Transportation announced. Work crews will be repairing streetlights along the highway.

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