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November 13, 2008

Churchton man dies in Edgewater collision

A 59-year-old man was killed after he lost control of the malfunctioning car he was driving and collided with a pickup truck in Edgewater, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday. Edward A. Crayle of the 5500 block of Franklin Blvd. in Churchton was driving a 1990 Chevrolet Lumina on Old Pike Road about 6:45 p.m. Monday when the steering and possibly the accelerator gave out, police said. As Crayle approached Route 2, he repeatedly honked his horn to warn other motorists that he had lost control of his car. He crossed the double yellow line on Old Pike Road and drove into the intersection against a red light, police said. The pickup struck the driver's side of the car, police said. Crayle was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the pickup, Karen L. Cleek, 47, of the 1200 block of Delaware Ave. in Churchton was treated for minor injuries.

Julie Scharper

Md. high court overturns man's murder conviction

The state's highest court overturned a 2006 Dorchester County murder conviction yesterday after ruling that the prosecutor violated the defendant's attorney-client privilege in an effort to prove the defendant should not be believed because he had lied to his lawyer. Richard Blanks, 40, testified as part of his defense that he had been having an affair with the victim but withheld the information from police so his girlfriend would not find out. The Court of Appeals ruled that the trial judge should not have permitted the prosecutor to ask when and what Blanks told his attorney about the affair - questions that implied that the defendant had concocted the story on the night before the trial.

Melissa Harris

Firefighters extinguish blaze in a corn dryer

Baltimore County firefighters extinguished a fire in a corn dryer early yesterday in the 19500 block of Graystone Road in the White Hall area, officials said. The grain fire, which occurred about 5:45 a.m., was quickly extinguished. There were no injuries and no other damages, officials said. .

Arin Gencer

Workshop set tomorrow on 'aging in place'

The Baltimore County Association of Senior Citizens Organizations will hold a workshop on "Aging in Place, Part I, I Want to Stay in My Home: Where Can I Find the Money to Make Modifications?" from 9:45 a.m. to noon tomorrow at Towson United Methodist Church, Dulaney Valley Road and Hampton Lane. Information: 410-484-6866.

Irvine center to present 'green home' program

Irvine Nature Center in Owings Mills will present a program on "Your Green Home" from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to teach homeowners what they can do in the home to help their health, pocketbook and the environment. The center is at 11201 Garrison Forest Road. Information: 410-484-2413.

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