City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

March 29, 2007

FBI field office honors pastor for work in the community

A West Baltimore pastor who confronts criminals on local streets has been named the 2006 recipient of the Community Leadership Award, presented annually by the local FBI field office.

The Rev. James Mullen, pastor of Kedesh House of Prayer Christian Church in the 1000 block of N. Carrollton Ave., is being recognized for his work in the community, including running a year-round food bank, giving away clothing and handing out school supplies.

Special Agent William D. Chase, who heads the Baltimore FBI office, said that Mullen frequently walks neighborhood streets "so that he can further identify problem areas beset by decline and decay. ... Pastor Mullen is not hesitant to confront criminals and criminal activity."

Each of the FBI's 56 field offices has given the award annually since 1990.

Anne Arundel

: Edgewater

Boy, 13, loses control of vehicle; 4 injured

A 15-year-old was listed in extremely critical condition yesterday after an accident in Anne Arundel County in which a 13-year-old driver lost control of the vehicle he was operating, police said yesterday.

According to police, a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban was involved in a rear-end collision on Route 214 and Mayo Road in Edgewater shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday.

After the collision, the Suburban was driven south on Muddy Creek Road. The driver was speeding, police said, and drove onto the right shoulder to pass another vehicle.

While being driven on the shoulder, the Suburban veered to the left and the driver lost control, causing the vehicle to spin off the road and roll onto the driver's side before hitting several trees.

Police said the 13-year-old was treated for minor neck injuries and was charged with several traffic violations, theft and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

The 15-year-old passenger was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, suffering a massive head trauma. Two others, a 14-year-old and a 16-year-old, also suffered head trauma but were in stable condition at Shock Trauma, police said. Police have not released the identities of the teenagers.

Montgomery

: Transportation

Homeowners group sues to block ICC

A Montgomery County homeowners association filed suit yesterday seeking to block construction of the $2.4 billion Intercounty Connector, claiming the state failed to consider more economical alternatives.

Unlike two previous lawsuits filed by environmental activists, the action by the Shady Grove Woods Homeowners Association was filed in a state court.

According to the lawsuit in Montgomery County Circuit Court, the State Highway Administration failed to study less costly alternatives to relive traffic congestion, including mass transit.

Michael Dresser

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