City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

April 26, 2008

1 killed, 5 hurt in 3-car collision in Glen Burnie

One person died and five people were sent to hospitals after a fiery three-car collision yesterday in Anne Arundel County, according to state police.

The accident occurred shortly before noon, when the driver of a 1996 Ford Contour was traveling south on Route 10 in the center lane, near the intersection with Route 648 in Glen Burnie, near Marley Creek. The Contour stopped suddenly, police said, and a Cadillac Escalade, which was behind the Contour, struck the rear of the car.

A Ford truck, which was behind the Escalade, struck the SUV, rupturing the fuel tank, which caused a fire.

Several witnesses told police that the drivers of the Contour and the Escalade "may have been involved in some type of altercation prior to the crash," said police, who were investigating.

The person who died was the driver of the 2002 Escalade. The victim, whose identify was not released yesterday because family had not been notified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Nicole Fuller

Anne Arundel

: Annapolis

Arson suspected in public housing

The Annapolis Fire Department is investigating yesterday's fire at one of the city's public housing communities as arson.

Firefighters answered a call about 12:30 a.m. yesterday for a fire confined to the kitchen area of the management office of the Annapolis Gardens and Bowman Court developments in the 1800 block of Bowman Court, said Kelly Martin, a spokeswoman for the Fire Department. The office was unoccupied at the time, and no injuries were reported. Damages were estimated at $3,000. Anyone with information should call 410-267-8888.

Nicole Fuller

HUD grant to be used to fix sinkholes

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development granted $1.1 million in emergency funding yesterday for the repair of large sinkholes in the parking lot of one of Annapolis' public housing buildings.

The sinkholes appeared three years ago in the parking lot of the Glenwood high-rise have increased in size, frustrating residents -- most of whom are elderly or disabled -- who criticized housing officials for allowing the parking area to deteriorate.

Rep. John Sarbanes wrote a letter to HUD in January, requesting emergency funding, and was initially denied. Sarbanes and Eric Brown, executive director of the Annapolis Housing Authority received word yesterday that HUD officials reversed course.

Nicole Fuller

Baltimore

: Circuit Court

Not-guilty plea in child's death

A Baltimore man accused of throwing his child off the Francis Scott Key Bridge into the Patapsco River has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death. Stephen Nelson entered the plea yesterday. Trial was set for July 29 in city Circuit Court.

Associated Press

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