June 14, 2008

Panel named to find owner for hospital

A seven-member panel has been appointed to find a new owner for the struggling Prince George's Hospital Center, which has been called a linchpin in the area's health care delivery system.

Gov. Martin O'Malley appointed Andrea Leahy Fuchek, Karen Johnson Shaheed and Dr. Joseph L. Wright, while the General Assembly's presiding officers appointed Dr. Donald E. Wilson. Prince George's County officials named Kenneth E. Glover, Stanley Brown and Thomas Himler.

Glover, senior vice president of state and local banking at PNC Bank, will chair the authority. Wilson, who directs the program in minority health and health disparities at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, will be vice chair.

The authority will solicit bids from companies interested in taking over the hospital, which is operated by Dimensions Healthcare System. The hospital, in Cheverly, has required repeated county and state bailouts.

Laura Smitherman

Harford County

Bel Air

State police name Trooper of the Year

The Maryland State Police have named a trooper assigned to the Bel Air Barracks in Harford County as its 2007 Trooper of the Year, the superintendent announced.

Justin M. Gross was chosen from among 30 nominated candidates across the state.

Police said he issued more than 930 traffic tickets and warnings last year, arrested 30 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol and 15 people on drug charges.

He arrested two people on charges of assaulting fellow officers and another two wanted fugitives.

Gross also seized two handguns and made arrests in 81 of 97 investigations he initiated.

"Tfc. Gross demonstrates dedication and commitment to his position," his supervisor, Sgt. Dona Bohlen, said in a statement. Gross joined the state police in 2004 after having served four years in the Maryland Air National Guard.

He previously was assigned to the Glen Burnie and Golden Ring barracks.

Anne Arundel


Woman, 45, injured in boating accident

A 45-year-old woman was seriously injured last night when she was struck by a power boat while riding on a personal watercraft in Stony Creek near Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena, authorities said.

The woman, whose name was not released, was rushed to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, said Anne Arundel County Fire Division Chief Michael Cox. He said her injuries were life-threatening.

The accident occurred about 8:15 p.m. After the woman was struck by the boat, passengers in another craft brought her to shore, Cox said. She was taken by helicopter to Shock Trauma.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police were investigating



Officer directing traffic hit by car

A Baltimore police officer was hit by a car while directing traffic after last night's Orioles game, officials said.

Agent Timothy Hughes, 35, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with injuries to the lower body; they were not life-threatening, said Officer Nicole Monroe, a Police Department spokeswoman.

Hughes was directing traffic at Howard and Pratt streets at 9:52 p.m. when he was hit by a car driven by a woman making an illegal turn, Monroe said. Further details were not immediately available.

Hughes is a 12-year veteran of the Police Department, Monroe said.

Road work Saratoga at Charles to close for repairs Westbound Saratoga Street at Charles Street will be closed for repairs for about a month, starting at 6 p.m. tomorrow, the Baltimore Transportation Department said yesterday.

Traffic will detour north on Charles Street, west on Franklin Street, south on Cathedral Street, returning motorists to Saratoga Street.

The Transportation Department also announced road closures today during a community- awareness event. Edmondson Avenue from Bentalou Street to Pulaski Street and North Pulaski Street from Edmondson Avenue to Harlem Avenue will be closed from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

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