Around The Region

AROUND THE REGION

December 08, 2008

Four-alarm fire destroys two houses in Arundel

A multiple-alarm fire late last night in the Arundel on the Bay community destroyed two homes and prompted firefighters and county police to evacuate at least two other homes threatened by flames and smoke driven by high winds, a Fire Department spokesman said. Reported at 10:30 p.m. in the 3300 block of Shore Drive near Venice Beach, the fire went to four alarms in a matter of minutes and destroyed a pair of two-story houses, said Battalion Chief Matthew Tobia, the spokesman. High winds off of the Chesapeake Bay were blamed for the fire quickly spreading to the second house, Tobia said. No injuries were reported among the occupants or the 75 firefighters from several stations who responded. "The wind was definitely an issue," Tobia said. He said three fireboats helped firefighters battle the blazes.

Richard Irwin

Man, 24, fatally shot in Northwest Baltimore

A 24-year-old city man was fatally shot Saturday night in Northwest Baltimore, police said yesterday. Darrell Keith of the 4500 block of Derby Manor Drive, near the Park Heights area, was shot in the torso after he was approached by two unknown men, said Officer Nicole Monroe, a city police spokeswoman. The incident occurred about 8:15 p.m. in the 5000 block of Denmore Ave., Monroe said. Anyone with information is asked to call the homicide department at 410-396-2100.

Arin Gencer

Hospital releases family after CO poisoning

A Baltimore City woman and three children who were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning - believed to have been caused by a faulty furnace - have been released from the hospital, an official said yesterday. The four victims, whose names were not available, had been taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where they were treated and released Saturday. About 7:30 a.m. Saturday, firefighters responded to the 4600 block of Shamrock Ave., said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a Fire Department spokesman. When they entered the rowhouse, they found a 2-year-old boy on a couch, unconscious and foaming at the mouth, and his 13-year-old brother, who was in an altered mental state, Cartwright said. Firefighters and paramedics then found the boys' mother and a 7-year-old - both unconscious - in a second-floor bedroom, he said. Air-quality tests in various parts of the home revealed carbon monoxide levels that were "considered extremely lethal," Cartwright said.

Arin Gencer

Boy, 15, fatally shot in Upton neighborhood

A 15-year-old boy was fatally shot yesterday evening in the Upton neighborhood, Baltimore police said. The victim, whose name was not released, was shot three times about 9:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of Myrtle Ave., police said. He was alert and conscious before a city Fire Department ambulance crew took him to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, but he died a short time later, a homicide detective said. Details of the shooting were not available late last night.

Richard Irwin

Greenbelt woman injured in weather-related crash

A Greenbelt woman was critically injured yesterday morning in a single-vehicle crash in Anne Arundel County, according to Maryland State Police. The accident is believed to be weather-related. Police said that Delroy Anthony Thompson, 24, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was driving a 2008 Mitsubishi north on Route 295 about 7:30 a.m. when the car went off the road and overturned near Route 100. Passenger Elizabeth Nicola Reid, 36, who was thrown from the car, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said. Thompson has been charged with failure to control speed to avoid a collision and driving on a suspended license, police said.

Arin Gencer

Former death row inmate to discuss death penalty

A former death row inmate who was exonerated after DNA evidence showed that he was innocent of the crime he had been convicted of will discuss the death penalty tomorrow night at Goucher College. Ray Krone, a native of York, Pa., who was convicted of a 1991 murder in Arizona, was freed in 2002 and now advocates the abolition of capital punishment. Krone is set to speak at 7 p.m. at the college's Heubeck Hall, Multipurpose Room A. The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Maryland Citizens Against State Executions, the Goucher College department of sociology and anthropology, Goucher's Sociology and Anthropology Club and Amnesty International's Goucher chapter.

Tribute for Mumbai victims planned at Jewish center

A memorial tribute to victims of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, will be held at the Park Heights Jewish Community Center at 7:30 p.m. today. Gov. Martin O'Malley, Marc Terrill of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation and Rabbi Moshe Hauer of the Baltimore Rabbinical Council are expected to speak. Cantor Avi Albrecht of Beth Tfiloh Congregation will chant a traditional Jewish memorial prayer. A presentation on the work of the Chabad House Jewish Center in Mumbai, and its directors, Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka, is also planned. The Chabad House was one of the sites invaded by terrorists last month. The Holtzbergs were killed during the attack.

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