Hotel's 2nd skylight must be removed


October 13, 2007

The remaining glass roof section must be removed from the Embassy Suites Hotel in Hunt Valley where a second skylight collapsed this week above the building's eight-story atrium, the county's building engineer said yesterday.

The requirement was included in a permit that allows the hotel to place a temporary covering in place of the skylights while permanent repairs are made, said Donald Bland, building engineer for Baltimore County.

"They presented a temporary plan to replace the opening that's there, and I told them they can do that, but they also have to do that with the other one," Bland said.

The county will reinspect the hotel after the temporary coverings are in place to determine whether the hotel can reopen during repairs, he said.

About 2 p.m. Wednesday, one of two glass roof sections above the hotel's atrium collapsed and fell eight stories, forcing guests to evacuate and a county structural engineer to declare the hotel unsafe for occupancy, officials said. No one was injured during the collapse, county fire officials said.

Gina Davis


Two die in crash

The driver of a car that ran into the back of a stopped Fed Ex Freight truck and the driver of the delivery truck were both killed in an accident shortly before noon yesterday on Reisterstown Road, Baltimore County police said.

The Fed Ex driver had been standing at the rear of the truck when he was struck by the car and killed, said Cpl. Mike Hill, a county police spokesman.

Neither he nor the driver of the white sedan were identified by police yesterday because their relatives had not been notified, Hill said.

The truck was stopped in the right lane southbound on Reisterstown Road south of Valley Road. Reisterstown Road between Highfalcon and Hammershire roads was closed for several hours and was reopened in both directions just before 3 p.m., Hill said.

Laura Barnhardt


Rabies warning issued

Health officials are looking for anyone who handled a rabid cat that was caught yesterday in the northern part of the county.

The small, black cat, which appeared to have a leg injury, was found in an area near Mount Carmel and Pleasant Meadow roads. It later tested positive for rabies, officials said.

Officials urge anyone who handled the cat since Sept. 27 to call the health department, 410-887-2724, during business hours.

Josh Mitchell

Hunt Valley

Roads close for Komen race

A portion of York Road and several other Baltimore County roads will be closed tomorrow for the Susan G. Komen Maryland Race for the Cure.

Runners will meet at the Hunt Valley Towne Centre on Shawan Road, beginning about 6 a.m. for the 8 a.m. race start.

The road closures, according to county police, are expected to be:

Shawan Road, between McCormick and York roads, from about 6 a.m. to noon.

York Road, between Ashland and Phoenix roads, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Beaver Dam Road, between Gilroy and McCormick roads, from 7 a.m. to noon.

McCormick Road, between Shawan and Beaver Dam roads, from 7 a.m. to noon.

Gilroy Road, Schilling Circle and Schilling Road, part of the 5K course, will also be closed.

The Maryland Transit Administration is providing extended light rail service for the event. Information:

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