Digest

October 31, 2007

Plunge at park leaves cyclist seriously hurt

An Annapolis man who was biking on a walking trail yesterday morning in Patapsco Valley State Park missed a curve and plunged about 40 feet over a cliff, said a spokeswoman for the Maryland Natural Resources Police.

Christopher Campbell, 40, was flown by state police helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was listed in critical condition yesterday afternoon.

Campbell was the second person in a line of three bicyclists on the trail about 10 a.m. The first cleared the curve before Campbell fell, said Kara Turner, the police spokeswoman.

The accident and rescue closed nearby CSX train tracks for about an hour.

Melissa Harris

Anne Arundel

Pontiac Bonneville sought in fatality

Maryland State Police said yesterday that a white Pontiac Bonneville likely was the vehicle involved in a hit-and-run on U.S. 50 that left a Severna Park man dead.

The vehicle, from a model year between 1992 and 1999, is probably missing a passenger-side mirror or has had one repaired since the fatal accident, state police said, adding that the windshield and hood also might have been damaged.

John C. Moreland, 25, was found under the guardrail on westbound U.S. 50, just east of the exit for St. Margarets Road, about 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

Nicole Fuller

Police find body in burned-out car

Anne Arundel County police are investigating the discovery yesterday of apparent human remains in a burned car in woods behind a secluded Crownsville church. Detectives said they are treating the incident as a suspicious death.

Sgt. Sara Schriver, a police spokeswoman, said Constellation Energy employees were checking power lines near South Shore Baptist Church, in the 700 block of Herald Harbor Road, when they saw the vehicle and contacted police.

Police were checking records to determine the vehicle's owner.

Justin Fenton

Baltimore

Drive-up VA clinic to dispense flu shots

The Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System will hold a free drive-through flu shot clinic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the parking garage of the Baltimore VA Medical Center, 10 N. Greene St. Eligible veterans should bring their VA identification card to the clinic. Information: 800-463-6295, ext. 7273.

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