City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

December 22, 2007

Maryland : Smoking

Agency proposes ban regulations

The state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene proposed regulations yesterday that would apply the state's ban on smoking in bars and restaurants to certain outdoor areas.

Bar owners have been working to construct outdoor areas to accommodate smoking patrons in advance of the statewide ban, which goes into effect Feb. 1. But the health department proposes banning smoking in any areas with walls and a ceiling - even temporary structures such as tents.

"The adoption of these regulations is the final step in making Maryland a smoke-free state," said Health Secretary John M. Colmers.

Bruce C. Bereano, a lobbyist for the state's tobacco wholesalers, said his clients would fight the regulations.

Baltimore County

: Essex

Man charged in fatal stabbing

Baltimore County police have identified the man found fatally stabbed in his Essex home early Thursday, and have charged a man with first-degree murder.

William James Frost, 57, died about an hour after he was taken to Franklin Square Hospital Center. Matthew Locklear, 26, is charged in Frost's death, police said yesterday. Frost was letting Locklear stay at his house, according to a police.

Locklear had minor stab wounds and was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, but was released Thursday night. He was being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Detectives said they are unsure of a motive in the stabbing but said that the men had argued.

Baltimore

: Metro

Woman rescued from beneath train

Baltimore firefighters extricated a woman from under a Metro subway car at Lexington Market station yesterday morning, a department spokesman said.

The incident occurred shortly before 11 a.m. Chief Kevin Cartwright, a Fire Department spokesman, said it appeared to be a suicide attempt.

Fire officials removed the woman from under the train about 11:20 a.m. and rushed her to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, officials said.

Police injury

Bullet ricochets as officers shoot dog

A Baltimore police officer was injured in the ankle by a stray bullet last night during an incident in South Baltimore in which officers opened fire on a dog that was about to attack them, city police said. The officer, whose name was not immediately released, hospitalized with minor injuries, police said. It is believed that the officer was struck by a bullet that had ricocheted off an object in the 3900 block of Pascal Ave. in Brooklyn.

Josh Mitchell

Traffic

Closure today at Holabird Ave.

Baltimore transportation officials are planning to close the 6200 block of Holabird Ave. to westbound traffic from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. today for construction work. Motorists will be detoured north onto Charlotte Avenue, west on Eastbourne Avenue, south on Elring Street and back onto Holabird.

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