City / County Digest


June 03, 2008

U.S. officials join bomb investigation

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has joined the investigation into pipe bombs that were found Sunday in woods near White Marsh, county police said yesterday.

A 27-year-old man from Port Deposit and a 30-year-old man from Joppatown were using a metal detector Sunday afternoon in a swampy area near the Bird River when they came upon a partially submerged military ammunition box containing several pipe bombs, black powder and detonating cord, police said. The box was found near the 6500 block of Blackhead Road, off Bird River Beach Road, said Bill Toohey, a police spokesman.

The men took the box to the White Marsh Precinct police station, where a remote-control robot was used Sunday to detonate the devices. At the request of county authorities, Baltimore City bomb disposal personnel Sunday afternoon detonated several other pipe bombs that remained at the site, Toohey said.

The ATFE investigators will assist county police in trying to determine who is responsible for leaving them in the woods, Toohey said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the White Marsh Precinct at 410-887-5000.


White Hall man, 22, killed in accident

A 22-year-old White Hall man was killed early yesterday when his car went off Middletown Road in Parkton, county police said.

Toby Craig West Jr. of the 18100 block of Schoolhouse Road was pronounced dead at the scene at Middletown and Rayville roads, said Bill Toohey, a police spokesman.

West's 1999 Pontiac Gran Prix was eastbound on Middletown Road, apparently at high speed, when it crossed the center line and struck an embankment about 12:20 a.m., Toohey said.


'Fight Back Express' to visit tomorrow

The American Cancer Society's "Fight Back Express" bus will visit the Greater Baltimore Medical Center from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. tomorrow in Rose Park outside Physicians Pavilion West.

The bus is traveling the country to make cancer issues a national priority.

Information: 443-849-2126.

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