November 13, 2007

City's director of public works has surgery

George L. Winfield, a longtime veteran of Baltimore City government and director of the Department of Public Works, underwent emergency surgery over the weekend, Mayor Sheila Dixon's administration said yesterday.

"George Winfield was admitted to a Baltimore-area hospital, underwent emergency surgery and is currently receiving the best care possible," read a statement released by the city. "I am requesting that the media and the public respect Mr. Winfield's family's need for privacy at this time."

A Dixon spokesman declined to say to which hospital Winfield was admitted or what the surgery was for. The spokesman also would not discuss Winfield's condition.

Winfield served as the department's director of the Bureau of General Services for eight years under Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke. He was dismissed in 1996 after having personal disagreements with then-Director George G. Balog.

Winfield, 64, was brought back to work for the city by former Mayor Martin O'Malley and has served as public works director since 2000. He oversees the department at a time when city government has sharpened its focus on cleaning city streets and waterways.

John Fritze

Anne Arundel

: Pasadena

Pedestrian dies after hit by SUV

A Pasadena man died after being struck by a vehicle while walking home from a bar, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

Michael Walter Brumwell, 60, of the first block of Brookfield Road had left Cheers of Pasadena on Mountain Road and was crossing the busy street about 6:10 p.m. Sunday when he was hit by a 2005 Suzuki Grand Vitara, police said.

He was pronounced dead at Baltimore Washington Medical Center about 6:45 p.m.

The driver of the sport utility vehicle, who stayed at the scene, told police that she did not see Brumwell before the accident.

Police said Brumwell was not using a crosswalk and was wearing dark clothing.

There was no evidence of alcohol use or excessive speed on the part of the driver, said police, who attributed the accident to pedestrian error.

Justin Fenton


: Cherry Hill

Water problems close three schools

Three schools in Cherry Hill dismissed children early yesterday because of water pressure problems. Cherry Hill Elementary/Middle, Arundel Elementary/Middle and Patapsco Elemen- tary/Middle all closed at 1 p.m. The Lake Clifton complex also closed early yesterday, at 12:30 p.m., because its heat was not working. The complex houses two high schools and a preschool. City school officials said they were trying to get the schools ready to reopen today.

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