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AROUND THE REGION

November 26, 2008

Man on motor scooter killed in Arundel crash

A 55-year-old man on a motor scooter was struck and killed Monday night in Glen Burnie by the driver of a Jeep Cherokee who was making a turn, according to Anne Arundel County police. Police said the scooter operator, whose name was not available, was traveling north on the shoulder along Elvaton Road about 7 p.m. The Jeep's driver, identified as Arthur M. Markland, 23, of Glen Burnie was headed south on the road when he turned left into Tall Pines Court and struck the scooter, county police said. Emergency officials found the Jeep resting on top of the Taizhou scooter, and the operator was lying several feet away, authorities said. He was declared dead at the scene. Police said that they are investigating the crash.

Gus G. Sentementes

'Car surfing' Howard teen is injured, hospitalized

A Howard County teenager was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday with injuries suffered when he fell off the roof of a moving car, police said. The incident occurred about 11:30 a.m. when the 17-year-old, who was traveling in a Toyota Camry with two other teenagers, got out of the car and laid across the roof, according to Howard County police, who referred to the activity as "car surfing." As the car traveled north on Derby Drive, north of Gorman Road, the boy lost his grip, fell off and landed on the pavement, police said. He was flown to the hospital, where he was listed in stable condition with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said. Police did not release the boy's name but said the incident is being investigated. No charges had been filed as of late yesterday. All three boys are 17 and students at Atholton High School, police said.

Tyeesha Dixon

Two Thanksgiving meal sites in Harford County

Harford County residents in need of a free Thanksgiving meal can choose from two locations tomorrow. Organizers of both dinners are welcoming anyone who wants to come together for a holiday meal and companionship. The Open Door Cafe at 528 Baltimore Pike in Bel Air will serve its third annual Share the Harvest dinner from noon to 4 p.m. Diners will also receive a care package that includes a gift certificate from a grocery store. 410-838-4393. St. Patrick's Church on Congress Avenue in Havre de Grace has offered its parish hall to students from Havre de Grace High School, who are preparing to serve more than 300 diners from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers at this 20th annual event are also set to deliver more than 200 meals throughout the area. 410-939-5412.

Howard has fiscal year surplus of $6.6 million

Howard County has a $6.6 million surplus left from the fiscal year ended June 30, a tiny cushion from an $850 million locally funded budget that can be used only for one-time expenses under county law. Unlike other Maryland counties facing huge revenue shortfalls this fiscal year, Howard expects to roughly break even, according to Raymond S. Wacks, the budget director. "It does give us some flexibility," he said about the surplus. Wacks said the county also got a larger-than-expected income tax distribution from the state this week, which will also help the Ulman administration. The distribution is $94.5 million, which is 5.5 percent higher than last November's, Wacks said. It reflects collections and withholding through September, before the stock market drop that began in October. "I think the concern is how badly income tax revenues are going to fall off," Wacks said, noting that state cuts to local governments are still expected.

Larry Carson

Gaming machines, $1,100 in cash seized in city raid

City police and officials from the state comptroller's office removed four gaming machines from a West Baltimore tobacco store last night and seized more than $1,100 from the devices, authorities said. About a dozen state and local agents raided Tobacco Outlet, in the Edmondson Village Shopping Center, smashing open machines that police say were used to make illegal payouts. The owners of the store were not arrested, authorities said. Last night's raid was the latest of at least six incidents this year in the city and in Baltimore County.

Brent Jones

Three charged in assault, robbery on B&A Trail

Three men have been charged with assaulting a man who was attacked and robbed on the B&A Trail in Anne Arundel County this month, police said. Charged in warrants with robbery, assault and theft are James Edward Jackson Jr.,19, of Nicholas Way in Glen Burnie; Brandon Marqui Reading, 18, of Houghton Road in Glen Burnie; and Richard Earl Harmon, 22, whose last-known address is on Old Crown Drive in Pasadena. About 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5, a 20-year-old man on the trail near Saunders Way and Ingalls Road in Glen Burnie was beaten until he was nearly unconscious. Jackson was arrested Friday, police said. He is being held at the county detention center in lieu of $500,000 bond. Reading is being held at the detention center on unrelated charges, and a detainer has been issued for the pending robbery and assault charges. Police have not found Harmon and ask that anyone who knows his whereabouts to call the Police Department's Northern District detective unit, 410-222-6135.

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