City / County Digest

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July 02, 2008

Baltimore

North side

Three officers hurt in collision with car

Three city police officers responding to a fellow officer's call for assistance and the driver of a Chevrolet compact car were injured yesterday when their vehicles collided near the former site of Memorial Stadium, police said.

The officers were taken by city Fire Department ambulances to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, were they were treated for injuries that were not life-threatening, said Major Dennis Smith, deputy commander of the Northern District.

Smith said the marked police car containing three Northern District officers was heading south on northbound-only Old York Road to assist another officer chasing a man suspected of robbing a Waverly drugstore about 4:40 p.m.

He said the cruiser's lights and sirens were on when it entered the controlled intersection at 39th Street and collided with a white Chevrolet compact car occupied by a man and a woman.

Smith said the impact caused the front and side air bags in each vehicle to deploy, preventing more serious injuries.

He said the police car was totaled and remained in the middle of the intersection, while the severely damaged Chevrolet came to a stop on the southwest corner of 39th Street and Old York Road.

Medics arrived shortly after the collision and gave first aid to the injured before the officers were taken to Shock Trauma.

Smith identified the officers as Eric Hinson, the driver, and John Hanyok and Ramon Guzman, the two passengers. Hanyok was expected to be released, while Hinson and Guzman were expected to be held for tests and observation of unspecified injuries.

Hinson was giving the other officers a ride to pick up two spare vehicles when the robbery call occurred, said Officer Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman.

Smith said the male driver of the Chevrolet was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital and was expected to be released. He said a female occupant of the car was treated at the scene and driven home by a police officer. Their names were not released.

Smith said that shortly after the crash, police arrested the robbery suspect.

Richard Irwin

Downtown

Prisoner escapes on way to court

Maryland State Police and local authorities were searching yesterday for a man who escaped from a state corrections officer on his way to court in downtown Baltimore, according to state prison officials.

Marcus Anderson, 22, of the 800 block of Herndon Court in South Baltimore was scheduled for trial on handgun charges in Courthouse East in the 100 block of N. Calvert St.

After getting out of the transport van at St. Paul and Fayette streets, Anderson "took off running," said Rick Binetti, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

Anderson was serving a three-year sentence for violating his probation in a drug-dealing case, according to court records. Minimum-security inmates, such as Anderson, are not transported in restraints, Binetti said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

Binetti said that the state agency is investigating whether procedures were followed.

Melissa Harris

Trash

Increase seen in recycling

Baltimore's Public Works department says the city has seen an increase of 19 percent more trash since the single-stream recycling program started in January.

Since January, the city has recycled 6,900 tons compared to nearly 5,800 tons last year. That increase is nearly 20 percent. Single-stream recycling allows city residents to recycle almost all their trash in the same container. Previously the city only accepted recycling materials that had been separated and picked up the trash on different days.

The city's public works department said the new system is easier to remember.

Associated Press

Maryland

Travel

More staying home for holiday weekend

AAA Mid-Atlantic expects fewer Marylanders than last year will be traveling far during the holiday weekend.

The forecast says 762,000 state residents will be traveling at least 50 miles for the holiday, a decrease of 1.3 percent from 2007. More than 642,000 Marylanders will travel by car and about 88,000 by air.

AAA says average prices for gasoline are $1.13 per gallon higher than one year ago.

Associated Press

Harford County

Jarrettsville

Foul play ruled out in bones discovery

Harford County sheriff's deputies have ruled out foul play after the discovery of three human bones and a partial skull in a duffel bag in a Jarrettsville shed last week. One of the bones had a marking, which indicates that it was used for education, authorities said.

The bones were taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and examined by a bone specialist. Additional testing confirmed the bones were most likely used as a teaching prop, said Sgt. Dave Betz, spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

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