Woman dies in one-alarm Randallstown townhouse fire

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

March 31, 2007

A woman died yesterday in a one-alarm in a Randallstown townhouse, county fire officials said.

About 1:40 p.m., officials received a report of a fire at a middle-of-the-group townhouse in the 3900 block of Queens Lace St., county fire officials said.

Inside, firefighters found the woman's body near the front door, authorities said. Her identity and age had not been released.

Firefighters said yesterday there were no smoke detectors inside the home. Investigators were trying to determine the cause of the fire.

Nick Shields

Baltimore

: U.S. court

City man sentenced for bank robbery

A 41-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday to 12 1/2 years in federal prison for robbing a downtown bank last year, the U.S. attorney's office announced. Prosecutors said that as part of a deal in which he pleaded guilty to the single robbery charge, Victor Fossett admitted he robbed five other banks between July 7 and Oct. 7 last year, getting away with a total of $6,701. The charge to which Fossett pleaded guilty involves the holdup Oct. 10 at the Provident Bank in the 100 block of E. Lexington St.

Highlandtown

Pratt branch closes today

The Highlandtown branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library is set to close today as library officials prepare to open the new Southeastern Anchor Library in mid-May. The new 27,000-square-foot library at 3601 Eastern Ave. is about two blocks from the Highlandtown branch's Eastern Avenue location. It will be the first new library branch to open in the city in more than 30 years, according to library officials. While the Highlandtown branch is closed, library officials recommend that residents go to two other nearby branches: Canton, at 1030 S. Ellwood Ave., or Patterson Park, at 158 N. Linwood Ave.

Anne Arundel

: Linthicum

Body is identified as that of woman, 23

The body found in a secluded area of Linthicum has been identified as that of a 23-year-old Glen Burnie woman who disappeared three months ago, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday. Jill Marie Conklin was reported missing by her mother Dec. 16. Her body was found Wednesday by a fisherman near River Road. An autopsy performed Thursday found no outward signs of trauma. The investigation into her death is continuing.

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