City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

December 09, 2007

Baltimore

Teen dies of injuries suffered in fire

A 16-year-old boy who suffered serious injuries when a fire tore through his Roland Park home early Thursday died yesterday morning.

Matthew Young, a 10th- grader at the Park School in Brooklandville, died about 9:30 a.m. at Sinai Hospital with his family by his side, according to his family's pastor, the Rev. Thomas W. Blair.

Matthew's 11-year-old sister, Abigail, a sixth-grader at the Calvert School in Baltimore, died of her injuries early Thursday.

The children's father, Stephen A. Young, a deputy copy desk chief at The Sun, who suffered smoke inhalation and broke a hip as he jumped from the house on Ridgewood Road, was moved from Maryland Shock Trauma Center to Sinai on Friday night to be closer to his son.

Young's wife, Nancy, an attorney with the Maryland attorney general's office, escaped the fire without serious injury.

Fire Department officials had not determined the cause of the blaze.

Julie Scharper

CSX train derails, no cargo spills

A CSX train carrying a flammable substance derailed in East Baltimore yesterday, the third time in less than a month that a freight train derailed in the city.

About 10:30 a.m., three cars came off the rails near the 5100 block of Pulaski Highway, Baltimore Fire Department spokesman Capt. Roman Clark said.

Two of the cars contained ethanol, a highly flammable form of alcohol often used as a fuel additive, while the third car was empty, Clark said. No ethanol spilled.

On Friday, a tanker carrying motor oil derailed in Locust Point and flipped on its side, but did not spill its cargo. Late last month, city officials demanded more information about trains carrying hazardous materials in the city after a dozen cars of a CSX train derailed near M&T Bank Stadium.

Julie Scharper

Baltimore County

Three injured when car hits restaurant

Three people were injured yesterday afternoon when a car struck a restaurant in the Fullerton area of Eastern Baltimore County, police said.

Just after 2 p.m., a Buick LeSabre ran into the Golden Corral restaurant in the 7900 block of Rossville Blvd., injuring at least one person in the restaurant, Baltimore County police Cpl. Patrick Wilhelm said.

One person was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with serious injuries that did not appear life-threatening, and two others were taken to Franklin Square Hospital Center with minor injuries, he said.

The cause of the accident is still being investigated, Wilhelm said.

Julie Scharper

Obama wins in straw poll

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama narrowly defeated John Edwards in a straw poll held last night at Towson University.

The event, sponsored by the Towson University College Democrats and the Central Baltimore County Democratic Club, attracted about 120 people, of which 95 cast ballots, said Scott Sokol, vice president of the Baltimore County club.

Obama, a senator from Illinois, received 29 percent. Edwards, a former senator from North Carolina, came in second with 27 percent. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York trailed with 16 percent. Four other candidates split the remaining votes.

Anne Arundel

Fire at store likely arson

A fire that blazed through a gas station convenience store in southern Anne Arundel County early yesterday appears to have been arson, fire officials said.

Fifty firefighters worked for two hours to contain the blaze, which broke out about 1:30 a.m. at a High's Dairy Store in the 4700 block of Muddy Creek Road in Galesville, according to Battalion Chief Michael Cox, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel Fire Department.

Investigators from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - using a dog trained to sniff chemical fire accelerants - concluded the fire had been set, Cox said.

Julie Scharper

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