Around The Region

AROUND THE REGION

October 21, 2008

3 men shot, one fatally, on West Preston Street

Three men were shot last night, one fatally, in the 500 block of W. Preston St. by an unknown gunman, Baltimore police said. All three victims were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said. A man who was shot in the head died shortly after arriving at the hospital, while another man was in critical condition late last night, police said. The third victim was in good condition and was expected to survive. About 9:30 p.m., police said, the men were walking along a footpath between Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School and an apartment building when they were approached by someone who opened fire and ran. Police do not have any suspects.

Richard Irwin and Brent Jones

One dead, one hurt in Chase collision

A 34-year-old man was killed and a 40-year-old woman was injured when their cars collided near Chase early Sunday, Baltimore County police said yesterday. Dennis Vandevender of the 6700 block of Harewood Park Drive died after his 2008 Chevrolet Corvette hit a 2006 Pontiac Torrent that it had just passed at high speed, said Cpl. Michael Hill, a police spokesman. The driver of the Pontiac, Vera Grinage of the first block of Freedom Court, was taken to John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where she was in serious condition yesterday, Hill said. Both vehicles were southbound on Ebenezer Road near Earls Road about 2 a.m. Sunday when the Corvette pulled into the northbound lane to pass the Pontiac and struck the front of the Pontiac as it returned to the southbound lane, Hill said. An investigation was continuing, he said.

Associated Press

Medevac flights resume for the Upper Shore

CENTREVILLE: Maryland State Police have resumed Medevac helicopter service in six of eight sections of the state since last month's Medevac crash. State police resumed helicopter operations for the Upper Shore in Centreville shortly before 3 p.m. yesterday. Helicopter flights had resumed in Montgomery County, Baltimore, Cumberland, St. Mary's and Salisbury. State police say a seventh section may resume service by midweek. Two sections resumed operations within days of the accident that killed four and seriously injured a fifth person late Sept. 27. The others resumed after tests performed as a safety precaution.

Associated Press

Task force to review any election fraud allegations

The Maryland U.S. attorney's office is setting up a task force to review any allegations of election fraud in the state on Election Day. The office announced yesterday that it will work with the Maryland State Board of Elections in case any fraud or voting rights abuses come up. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Steven Dunne and Tonya Kelly Kowitz will be District Election Officers and lead a federal task force. A team of federal prosecutors and FBI agents will be on duty while the polls are open.

Associated Press

Frederick Co. to look into alternative to incinerator

The Frederick County Commissioners plan to look into a possible alternative to building a $350 million trash incinerator. The Solid Waste Advisory Group says recycling, composting and waste diversion could save as much landfill space as incineration. The commissioners voted 3-2 last week to search for a consultant to study the group's proposal. Commissioners President Jan Gardner voted in favor of the study, but she said that she does not believe recycling and waste diversion can be a complete substitute for the incinerator, which would also generate electricity. Commissioner Charles Jenkins said enough research has been done and he supports the incinerator plan.

Associated Press

Concert raises funds for black heritage museum

HAGERSTOWN : A benefit jazz concert Sunday in Hagerstown has netted thousands of dollars toward the creation of a permanent black heritage museum. The museum is to house a collection of black history artifacts belonging to the late Marguerite Doleman. The former Hagerstown resident acquired photographs, bills of slave sales, quilts made by slaves and other artifacts. Since her death in 2000, public access to the collection has been limited. The museum board hopes to raise $100,000 to qualify for a matching grant from the state. About 150 people turned out for the concert Sunday evening at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown.

Associated Press

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