November 23, 2008

Woman killed on U.S. 50 by sliding police car

A Delmar woman was killed Friday night after a state trooper driving to a nearby accident scene slid on a patch of ice, struck the woman's idling car and pushed it into the back of a tractor-trailer, according to the Maryland State Police. Kristin Underkoffler, 34, of the 8700 block of Lennox Drive, was sitting in traffic on eastbound U.S. 50 shortly before 6:30 p.m. because of an accident at the Vienna bridge. Tfc. Paul Zimmerman, 48, was driving toward that accident in a marked vehicle with his emergency lights activated and sirens on when his car slid. It hit the left rear of Underkoffler's 2008 Hyundai, causing it to rotate clockwise and strike the back of the truck. Zimmerman's patrol car also hit the truck.

Melissa Harris

Occupant of trailer dies in fire in Baltimore County

One person was killed when a fire broke out in a trailer home in the first block of DeBoy Road near Old North Point Road around 9:45 p.m. last night, Baltimore County Fire Department officials said. Neighbors reported hearing an explosion, and firefighters believe that oxygen bottles in the home contributed to the explosion, department spokesman Lt. John Cromwell said early this morning. When firefighters arrived, flames were blowing out of the front and rear of the single-wide trailer. They brought the fire under control very rapidly but were unable to rescue the home's lone occupant, Cromwell said. The victim's identity was not released last night.

Julie Scharper

Arundel officer injured in car crash in Lothian

An Anne Arundel County police officer had to be extricated from his police cruiser and hospitalized after a crash in Lothian last night, authorities said. Around 8:30 p.m., the officer crashed in the 1000 block of Mount Zion Marlboro Road and was trapped in his cruiser for 15 minutes before rescuers were able to remove him, said Battalion Chief Matthew Tobia, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. The officer was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, Tobia said. Police did not respond to a request for more information.

Julie Scharper

Police get warrant to charge shooting suspect

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office has obtained a warrant for a suspect in a shooting along the C&O Canal. Investigators announced Saturday that they have a warrant charging James Naylor Jr., 21, of Frederick with attempted first-degree murder. They say Naylor knew the victim. Deputies found a 37-year-old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds Thursday night. He was flown to Shock Trauma, but the sheriff's office says he was released Friday. Authorities have not released the victim's name and say he had no fixed address.

Associated Press

Meeting to discuss Catonsville town center

A community meeting to discuss a proposed town center in Catonsville will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Q Building Theatre at the Community College of Baltimore County's Catonsville campus.

The meeting is being organized by residents who say they fear the project will harm the small-town character of Catonsville.

The development, the Promenade, would include a hotel, offices, shops, restaurants and housing near the Beltway and Wilkens Avenue. Information: www.catonsvillevoices.com.

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