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December 24, 2007

Baltimore County : Ruxton

Police identify man killed in JFX crash

A Baltimore County man who was killed Saturday evening on the Jones Falls Expressway in Ruxton has been identified as Brian Joseph Granofsky, 49, of Parkton, according to police.

State police at the Golden Ring barracks said Granofsky was driving a 2001 Acura north on the JFX between Northern Parkway and Ruxton Road about 6:30 p.m. when he crashed into the rear of a 1996 Volvo.

Police said the Acura veered to the left, collided with a median barrier, then traveled across all four northbound lanes before striking a guardrail.

Police said Granofsky, the lone occupant of the car, was thrown from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Volvo, a 55-year-old Baltimore woman whose name was not released, was not injured.

State police said yesterday that 575 people have died on the state's roads so far this year, compared with 606 at the same time last year.

Richard Irwin

Maryland

: Agriculture

USDA to help with crop, livestock losses

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it will issue payments to Maryland ranchers and farmers to compensate for crop losses due to natural disasters in recent years.

The payments will be made through the Crop Disaster Program, Livestock Compensation Program and Livestock Indemnity Program.

Catfish producers in nine states who suffered losses during this period will receive payments through the LCP Catfish Grant Program.

Payments from these programs go to farmers who suffered crop, livestock, and feed losses in 2005, 2006 and before Feb. 28.

Farmers can only receive payments for one year.

Associated Press

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