Digest

December 27, 2007

Woman hurt in fire at her N. Baltimore rowhouse

A female occupant of a rowhouse in Northeast Baltimore was seriously injured yesterday morning when a fire broke out in her kitchen shortly before 7 a.m., according to a city Fire Department spokesman. The woman was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center suffering from smoke inhalation.

Firefighters were called to the house in the 4000 block of Ardley Ave., off Sinclair Lane in the Belair-Edison neighborhood, at 6:55 a.m.; the fire was confined to the kitchen, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, the spokesman.

A firefighter injured his back and was being treated yesterday morning at Mercy Medical Center, Cartwright said. The fire was under control by 7:25 a.m. Cartwright said the cause remains under investigation.

Montgomery

: North Potomac

18-year-old charged in his father's death

An 18-year-old man who told police that he and his father were victims of a gang assault has been charged in his death.

David Coleman Winters of North Potomac was charged with first-degree murder yesterday in the death of 55-year-old Andrew Robert Winters.

Lt. Paul Starks of the Montgomery County police said that David Winters called police from a hospital, where he had gone Tuesday night with lacerations on his fingers. He told police that he and his father had been attacked by five or six men while they were out walking.

Police searched the area with dogs and a helicopter and found Andrew Winters' body near Muddy Branch Park with multiple stab wounds.

Starks said David Winters' wounds and the blood on his clothing were not consistent with his story. He said police had not determined the motive in the slaying.

Associated Press

Howard County

: Jessup

Acting director of corrections picked

The appointment of Jack Kavanagh as acting director of the Howard County Department of Corrections will be announced today, a county government spokesman said.

Kavanagh, deputy director of the department, will replace Melanie C. Pereira, the administrator of the county jail in Jessup, who is scheduled to retire Monday.

Tyeesha Dixon

Anne Arundel

: Salvation Army

Bell-ringer sought in theft of bucket

Anne Arundel County police are searching for a Salvation Army volunteer accused of stealing one of the charity's donation buckets after being reprimanded.

He was a bell ringer at a Wal-Mart near Annapolis Junction when someone wanted to make change for a donation. He called his supervisor to get permission but couldn't reach her so he went ahead and used his own money to break a $5 bill.

Later that day, Wanda Browning says she called the volunteer back to say such action violated their policy. She told police he became angry and hung up the phone.

Police say he left with the bucket Dec. 20. Browning told police the bucket contained between $300 and $500.

Associated Press

Baltimore

: Fuel Fund

Nonprofit group seeks donations

The Fuel Fund of Maryland, which helps low-income residents pay for electricity, natural gas and heating oil to keep their homes warm during the winter, is accepting donations at its Web site and by mail.

The nonprofit organization works with families and individuals, who pay one-third of the cost of heating their homes. Since 1981, the fund has served more than 100,000 families. Since 2002, requests for help have been increasing.

To donate to the fund, go to the organization's Web site, www.fuelfundmaryland.org, or send a donation by mail to Fuel Fund of Maryland Inc., 305 W. Chesapeake Ave., Suite 115, Towson 21204-4435.

Worcester County

: Ocean City

U.S. 50 bridge to close for repairs

The State Highway Administration says a planned closing of the U.S. 50 bridge to Ocean City will last no more than 35 days.

The closure is scheduled to begin Jan. 17, and engineers say the goal is to complete bridge renovations by Presidents Day weekend, weather permitting.

The contractor will get a bonus if the job is finished in fewer than 35 days, and a penalty if the deadline is missed, the SHS said. The bridge will be closed to marine traffic Jan. 7.

Motorists traveling to and from Ocean City will be detoured to the Route 90 bridge.

Associated Press

Washington Co.

: Hagerstown

Man in bed shot through ceiling

City police say a man was accidentally shot in the leg by an upstairs neighbor who fired a gun through his bedroom floor.

Police say Keith Dandridge, 20, apparently didn't mean to hurt anyone when he fired the shot, but the bullet went through the floor and into the left calf of Phillip Payne, 27, who was lying in bed. Police say the injury is not life-threatening.

Dandridge has been charged with reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm within city limits. He's being held on $25,000 bond.

Associated Press

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