Baltimore County Digest


May 02, 2007

Man killed in accident on I-695 near Catonsville

A Ellicott City man died yesterday after his car collided with a tractor-trailer, forcing authorities to temporarily close the outer loop of the Baltimore Beltway, state police said.

Shortly before 2 a.m., a 38-year-old man was driving a 1995 Ford Probe southbound on Interstate 695 near Frederick Road in the Catonsville area when he veered off the roadway and struck a light pole, said 1st Sgt. Russell Newell, aMaryland State Police spokesman. The carwent into the air before it collided with the tractor-trailer, Newell said.

The car was dragged onto its side and stopped under the trailer, Newell said. Authorities closed the outer loop of the Beltway for about four hours.

Theman, whose identitywas not released because relatives had not been notified, was pronounced dead at the scene, Newell said. He said fatigue might have played a factor in the crash. [ NICK SHIELDS]


2 teens indicted in burning of child

A Baltimore County grand jury has indicted two teenage boys on assault charges in the chemical burning of a toddlerwho was injured last month at a playground that the two boys had allegedly contaminated with drain cleaner.

Kyle Bradley Meredith and Mateusz Stefan Dybala, both 16 and from the Essex area, were indicted Monday on charges of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, second-degree burglary, fourthdegree burglary, theft and malicious destruction of property.

Police initially had charged the teenagers as juveniles with burglary and reckless endangerment.

Meredith and Dybala told detectives that they had stolen the caustic drain cleaner from a school storage area at Victory Villa Elementary School in Middle River and poured the chemical on a nearby playground slide to see whether it would ?melt? the plastic, according to charging documents.

But prosecutors decided to upgrade the charges and file them in the county?s adult court system after police discovered ?the presence of a very strong acid? on all horizontal and vertical surfaces ? including slides, monkey bars and pull-up bars? of two area playgrounds as well as a long-handle brush that had been discarded nearby, according to court records.

?Due to the fact that the very strong acid was spread on the entire surface of both playgrounds, including all surfaces that children would commonly come into contact with, it is clear that the intent of the suspects was to cause harm to children who would play on the playground,? detectives wrote in the charging documents.

Payton Potachney, whose family lives near the school, received second- and third-degree burns to the backs of both legs and his lower back April 14 while going down the slide. The boy, who will turn 3 this month, underwent a skin graft at Johns Hopkins Hospital after being injured.



Shelter to hold pet adoption event

The Baltimore County animal shelter is holding an ?Adopt-A-Thon? on Saturday at the shelter, 13800 Manor Road in Baldwin.

The shelter is urging county residents to provide homes for a surplus of adoptable cats. As of last week, 11 cats had been adopted in April, compared with 31 during the corresponding period last year, according to a shelter supervisor.

The shelter also has dogs available.

Regularly scheduled adoption hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. There is a $60 fee for adopting a cat or dog. The fee covers a veterinary examination, vaccinations, a microchip with lifetime registration and an annual license.

To see photographs of some of the shelter?s adoptable cats,

Information: 410-887-5961.


Cartoonist at Goucher graduation

Garry Trudeau, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Doonesbury cartoonist, will deliver the keynote address at Goucher College?s 116th commencement this month.

This year?s commencement is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. May 25 on the lawn behind Mary Fisher Hall.

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