City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

October 27, 2007

Baltimore : West side

Woman, 26, found dead in house

A 26-year-old woman was found dead yesterday in a house in Baltimore, and her estranged boyfriend was taken into custody after a single-car crash shortly afterward, according to Maryland State Police.

The woman, identified as Veronica Fludd, was found about 11 a.m. in a house in the 600 block of Lyndhurst St. in West Baltimore, where she lived with her aunt and uncle, city police said. She had injuries that appeared to be caused by a sharp-edged weapon, state police said.

The boyfriend, whom The Sun is not identifying because he had not been officially charged, hit a pole while driving on the northbound Interstate 795 ramp to Owings Mills Boulevard about 3:30 p.m. City police said the crash appeared to be intentional.

He had self-inflicted wounds on his wrist and bloody socks, and was taken into police custody. He was transported to Sinai Hospital by Baltimore County paramedics for treatment, according to state police.

At the time of the accident, Baltimore police were looking for the boyfriend to question him in connection with Fludd's death, according to state police. He was charged with domestic violence against Fludd in April, according to city police, who did not know the disposition of the case.

Fludd's relatives were not at home when the attack occurred, said city police. They found her upon their return. There was no sign of forced entry, city police said. Police believe Fludd knew her attacker.

June Arney

Downtown

South, Calvert streets restricted

Three of four lanes of South Street in downtown Baltimore will be closed today from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., the city's Department of Transportation said. Three east-side lanes will be closed to make room for erecting a crane in a construction project.

One west-side lane will remain open, but transportation officials advise motorists to use alternate routes.

In addition, nearby Calvert Street between Lombard and Baltimore streets will be restricted to one lane from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. today for a resurfacing project.

Fundraiser

Animal shelter shifts event

BARCStoberfest, an annual fundraiser for Baltimore's animal shelter has been rescheduled for tomorrow because rain is forecast for today, a spokeswoman for the shelter said.

The fundraiser, which includes a pet costume contest and a scavenger hunt, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Patterson Park. More information about the event is available at www.baltimoreanimal shelter.org.

Baltimore County

: Staph infections

2 schools with cases not named

Two Baltimore County schools where cases of an antibiotic-resistant form of staph infection were confirmed in recent days are not being identified because the infections are considered "isolated cases," school system officials said yesterday.

"On issues that have the potential to become public health issues, we take our cues from the county health department and MSDE [Maryland State Department of Education]," said Kara Calder, a school system spokeswoman. "They have advised us that there's no reason for schools to change their public communication protocols."

Calder added, "We don't release details on isolated cases."

This week, Calder confirmed that two students at separate schools were treated for skin infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, known as MRSA.

Also, the principal of Gen. John Stricker Middle School in Dundalk sent a letter to parents alerting them that three students there were being treated for skin infections, though it was not known whether those cases involved staph.

Gina Davis

Catonsville

Missing patient's body identified

Police have identified a body found this month in Catonsville as that of a 64-year-old patient at the Spring Grove Hospital Center who was reported missing in early August.

The body, found Oct. 5 in a wooded area near the hospital in the 200 block of Bloomsbury Ave., is that of Eugene Charles Adelsberger, Baltimore County police said. Investigators have found no signs of foul play, said Bill Toohey, a county police spokesman.

Anne Arundel

: Severna Park

Falling branches kill worker

A Caroline County man was killed after several branches of a tree he was cutting outside a Severna Park home crashed on his head, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

Brad Preston Wolfe, 24, of Federalsburg was cutting the branches for a lawn service company about 10:30 a.m. Thursday when the security cables used to secure a large branch snapped and caused it to fall, said Cpl. Mark Shawkey, a department spokesman. That branch missed hitting Wolfe, he said, but then several other branches fell on him, Shawkey said. He was taken to Harbor Hospital in Baltimore, where he died.

Ruma Kumar

Annapolis

Teen convicted in mall shooting

A jury convicted an Annapolis teenager yesterday of two counts of attempted second-degree murder in a shooting last year that left two people wounded and terrified patrons in a crowded mall food court.

Closing arguments ended shortly after noon in the trial of Javaughn Norman Adams, 19, who was accused of wounding another teenager and a Secret Service agent during the shooting at Westfield Annapolis Mall in November.

The jury convicted Adams of 13 of the 15 counts against him, said a spokeswoman for the Anne Arundel County state's attorney's office. Adams could be sentenced to as many as 105 years in prison, the spokeswoman said.

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