Lane of JFX to close today to fix lights

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

January 05, 2008

Baltimore transportation officials are planning to temporarily close the right lane of the southbound Jones Falls Expressway from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. today to make repairs to overhead streetlights. The closure is expected from the city line to the 28th Street ramp. While two lanes of traffic are expected to remain open during the repairs, motorists should expect delays and are encouraged to use an alternate route.

Baltimore

Preston St. block to be closed today

The first block of W. Preston St. is scheduled to be closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. today to allow a crane to hoist materials to the top of the Sun Trust Building, city transportation officials said. Motorists on westbound Preston Street will be detoured north on Charles Street to westbound Mount Royal Avenue, then southbound Maryland Avenue and then back to Preston.

Harford County

Teens crossing road hit by car, injured

Two teenagers crossing a Harford County highway on foot were struck by a vehicle shortly before 4 p.m. yesterday, state police said.

The accident occurred on Route 24, north of Bel Air. The 15-year-olds were flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center as a precautionary measure, a state police spokeswoman at the Bel Air barracks said. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Mary Gail Hare

Glen Burnie

Apartment blaze injures man, 54

A two-alarm fire at a Glen Burnie apartment complex in 7100 block of E. Furnace Branch Road last night injured one person and displaced nearly a dozen residents, officials said.

The fire, which started about 8 p.m., took 48 firefighters about 40 minutes to control, according to Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman Michael Cox.

A 54-year-old man suffered burns and smoke inhalation and was taken by ambulance to the burn unit at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Cox said. The Red Cross was helping displaced residents find lodging last night.

Taneytown

City's immigration discussion relocated

A meeting that is scheduled to include a discussion of a Taneytown city councilman's proposal to stave off illegal immigration has been moved.

The Taneytown mayor and City Council's workshop, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, has been moved from City Hall to the city's fire hall at 36 E. Baltimore St.

The items scheduled for discussion include a resolution drafted by Paul Chamberlain Jr. that says Taneytown is "not a sanctuary city" for illegal immigrants.

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