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IN THE REGION

November 30, 2008

Teen killed while riding bicycle is identified

Baltimore County police have identified the 14-year-old killed Friday evening while riding his bike in Essex as Blaine R. Susnowitz. Police said the death of the boy, who was struck and killed by a pickup truck, remained under investigation yesterday. They said the boy, who lived in the 2000 block of Vailthorn Road in Middle River, was on his bicycle at the intersection of Martin Boulevard and Middle River Road when he was hit by a Dodge Dakota about 6 p.m. Friday. The driver immediately stopped, police said.

James Drew

Man charged in woman's killing in Middle River

A 37-year-old man has been charged in the murder of a Middle River woman who was found dead last week at her home in Middle River, Baltimore County police said last night. Raynard Evans was arrested Nov. 28. Evans, who lived in the 700 block of Maple Crest Drive with the victim, 33-year-old Tanya Drakes, has been charged with first-degree murder and was being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center without bail. Police went to Drakes' home Nov. 27 after being notified that she had not been seen for several days. An autopsy found that the cause of death was strangulation. Police said yesterday that Drakes was killed between Nov. 23 and Nov. 27.

James Drew

Woodlawn apartment fire leaves several homeless

A three-alarm fire at an apartment complex in Woodlawn destroyed the homes of several people last night, Baltimore County fire officials said. The fire at the Tuscany Woods apartments in the first block of West Bend Court severely damaged one building and led to power being shut off in another. About 70 firefighters battled the blaze. No injuries were reported. Elise Armacost, department spokeswoman, said firefighters found "heavy fire" on the middle floor of a six-unit building. It was unclear how many people lived there, but Armacost said the building is uninhabitable. There was some damage to two nearby buildings.

James Drew

Carroll County man, 32, killed in single-car crash

A man was killed when the vehicle he was riding in veered out of control last night in Carroll County. State police said a 1988 Ford Bronco driven by Justin Hicks, 26, of Manchester was heading west in the 2700 block of Snydersburg Road in Hampstead shortly before 9:50 p.m. when the vehicle went up an embankment and rolled over. Passenger Timothy R. Dennington, 32, of the 3000 block of Long Lane in Manchester was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Hicks and another passenger, 22-year-old Christopher Kiick of Manchester, were not injured, police said.

James Drew

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