City / County Digest


December 15, 2007

Baltimore : Patterson Park

Santa to visit ice rink today

Santa Claus will visit the Dominic "Mimi" DiPietro Family Ice Skating Rink at Patterson Park from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. today.

Roasted marshmallows, hot chocolate and cookies will be available, according to the Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks. Admission is $4.

The rink is at 200 S. Linwood Ave. and is open from October through mid-April. For more information on Skate with Santa, call 410-396-9392.


: Bay Bridge

EZ Pass overcharges discovered

Some EZ Pass users who cross the Bay Bridge might have been overcharged at the toll plaza for several days in October.

The Maryland Transportation Authority says Lane 9 had a malfunctioning treadle, which counts the number of axles of vehicles passing through the lane. Before the problem was identified and fixed, some two-axle vehicles might have been charged as four-axle vehicles.

The agency is looking through records to find any affected accounts and issue credits.

Meanwhile, bridge officials warn that other EZ Pass users might be overcharged because vehicles behind them are following too closely. Too little distance between vehicles can cause the first vehicle to be overcharged while the second vehicle is not charged.

Associated Press

Anne Arundel

: Crofton

Teens charged with vandalizing cars

Anne Arundel County police have charged two teenagers with vandalizing at least 40 cars with baseball bats.

Police say 18-year-old Steven Zell of Crofton and 19-year-old Timothy Hepperle of Glen Burnie are charged with malicious destruction of property.

Officers arrested the pair about 4:30 a.m. Friday after receiving reports of cars being vandalized. At least 40 cars in or near the 1600 block of Forest Hill St. in Crofton were damaged.

Police say a civilian followed the pair as they slowly drove by cars, smashing them with baseball bats, and later helped police identify the suspects.

Police say the two fled on foot when they were approached by officers but were apprehended.

Associated Press

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