Digest

October 26, 2007

House fire in Harford kills man, 77, injures his wife

An early-morning house fire in Joppatowne yesterday killed a 77-year-old man and injured his wife, state fire officials said.

Charles Otto Fruhling died in the fire at his home at 1003 Pulaski Highway. Shirley Fruhling was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, where she was treated for smoke inhalation. Her injuries were not considered life-threatening, the state fire marshal's office said.

Blazes broke out in the kitchen and in the basement, causing about $100,000 damage to the single-story stone house, investigators said. Shirley Fruhling discovered the kitchen fire and called the Harford County Emergency Operations Center at 5:02 a.m.

About 40 firefighters from Harford and Baltimore counties brought both fires under control within 15 minutes. No evidence of smoke alarms was found, fire officials said.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Gus G. Sentementes and Mary Gail Hare

Baltimore

: Lead paint

New Web site offers listing of hazards

Baltimore has a new Web site that provides homebuyers and renters with information about properties with lead hazard violations.

The city Department of Health Web site, www.baltimorehealth.org/leadviolations.html, lists homes with conditions such as exposed lead paint and cases in which the violations haven't been addressed within 60 days of a city inspection.

The city inspects properties for chipping, peeling or otherwise exposed lead paint before issuing a lead violation. The city also issues a lead violation for an address if a child living there has elevated blood lead levels.

City officials say they hope the Web site will help in the city's fight to end childhood lead poisoning by 2010. The city says that since 1995, the number of such children has dropped 92 percent, to about 850 last year.

Associated Press

Trees

Giveaway planned tomorrow morning

The city Department of Recreation and Parks will give away 800 trees to Baltimore residents tomorrow morning as part of TreeBaltimore, the city's forestry management plan.

The plan calls for doubling Baltimore's tree canopy during the next three decades. Two dogwood or willow oak trees will be distributed per household as long as supplies last from 9 a.m. to noon at Herring Run Park, 3700 Harford Road, and the Cylburn Arboretum at 4915 Greenspring Ave.

Residents can register ahead of time by calling 410-396-7900 or online at https:--activenet5.active.com/bcrpbaltimorecityrecandpark. For more information on TreeBaltimore or the tree giveaway, call 410-396-6109.

The best time to plant trees is in the fall, after leaves have fallen, so that they can establish roots before the ground freezes, the department said. City Arborist Rebecca Feldberg said the free trees should be planted promptly, watered well and mulched every six months. The mulch should not touch the trunk, she said, because of the threat of disease.

Education

School for the Arts to hold family day

An Artreach Family Day is planned for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Baltimore School for the Arts, 712 Cathedral St. The event - which is free and aimed at families with children of elementary and middle school age - will include hands-on activities in dance, music, theatre, stage production and visual arts. Advance registration is required: 443-642-5167, or www.bsfa.org.

Downtown

Road resurfacing set for Calvert St.

All but one lane of Calvert Street from Baltimore Street to Lombard Street will be closed tomorrow from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to the city's Department of Transportation.

Work crews will be resurfacing the center lane, which has been closed for weeks for repairs and upgrades, the department said.

One of the street's four lanes will remain open tomorrow, but traffic officials said motorists should use alternative routes to avoid delays.

Anne Arundel

: Annapolis

Closing arguments today in teen's trial

Closing arguments are expected today in the trial of an Annapolis teenager charged with attempted murder in a shooting last year that left two people wounded and terrified patrons in a crowded mall food court.

Javaughn Norman Adams, 19, who is accused of wounding another teenager and a Secret Service agent during a shooting at Westfield Annapolis Mall in November, did not take the stand yesterday in his own defense.

During three days of testimony, Adams' defense attorneys contended that their client was trying to break up a fight after his friend was attacked. Prosecutors said the shooting was the result of a long-running rivalry between city public housing neighborhoods.

Justin Fenton

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