City boy, 11, seriously wounded by crossfire

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

April 14, 2007

An 11-year-old boy was in serious condition last night, a victim of apparent crossfire in West Baltimore, police said.

The boy was shot in the right shoulder about 5 p.m. yesterday in the 1500 block of McKean Ave. in Sandtown-Winchester, police said. He was taken to the pediatrics unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where police said he remained in serious but stable condition.

Police are searching for two unidentified suspects but know of no motive.

Carroll County

: Westminster

Thieves strike at historic farm

The Carroll County Sheriff's Office is investigating at least two incidents of theft from a historic property in the 1800 block of Bachman Valley Road, Westminster. During the week of April 2 and again this week, thieves entered a 100-year-old farm and removed several wooden beams and stones from the foundation of a barn that was being restored, police said.

Among the items removed were the building's cornerstones, potentially ending the restoration process. Initial loss estimates are in excess of $50,000, police said. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 410-386-2900, or the toll-free anonymous TIPS line at 1-888-399-TIPP (8477).

Ellie Baublitz

Anne Arundel

: Odenton

County lifts waterway advisory

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health yesterday lifted its advisory to avoid direct water contact with an Odenton waterway that was contaminated by a sewage spill.

A power outage at the Piney Orchard Wastewater Treatment Facility, which is operated by Maryland Environmental Service, sent 60,000 gallons of untreated sewage out of a manhole April 6. About 1,000 gallons ran into the Rogue Harbor Branch near the Little Patuxent River.

Baltimore

: JFX

Madison St. on-ramp to be closed today

The Madison Street ramp to the northbound Jones Falls Expressway is set to be closed from 5 a.m. until 3 p.m. today, according to Baltimore transportation officials. The right lane of the northbound JFX will also be closed from Madison Street to the off-ramp at Falls Road, closing the exits in between. Transportation officials recommend that motorists exit on Cold Spring Lane east, then go south on Falls Road to Hampden.

Spring cleanup

`Shape Up Parks' in action today

Baltimore's Department of Recreation and Parks will hold its annual "Shape Up Parks" today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers are being asked to help clean up the parks and help the city's green spaces. Some of the locations include Farring Baybrook Park, Herring Run Park, Druid Hill Park and Violetville Park. For more information, call 410-396-7900.

City employees

Fair to focus on financial literacy

A financial literacy fair will be held for Baltimore city employees from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday in the Curran Room on the fourth floor of City Hall. The fair will include information for city employees on "sound financial practices and advice about the unscrupulous plans to avoid," according to a statement from the office of City Council President Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake.

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