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December 31, 2008

Appeals court squelches pit bull-shooting lawsuit

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An Edgewater woman whose pit bull was fatally shot by an Anne Arundel County police officer in 2006 will not be able to go forward with a $3 million lawsuit against the county, the state Court of Special Appeals ruled yesterday. Deborah Ransom filed the lawsuit in July 2007, alleging that the officer, Adam Hinson, had been reckless and used excessive force. The Court of Special Appeals sided with Anne Arundel Circuit Court in approving a motion by the county to dismiss the suit. The suit did not comply with several provisions of the Maryland Local Government Tort Claims Act, Judge Deborah S. Eyler wrote.

Julie Scharper

Fireworks will mean traffic restrictions

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Traffic restrictions will be strictly enforced for the New Year's Eve fireworks display downtown, the city says. Except for local deliveries, commercial traffic will be prohibited downtown from noon today to 4 a.m. tomorrow. Additionally, tanker trailers are banned downtown during that time. These areas are affected by the commercial restrictions: Fayette Street from Martin Luther King Boulevard to President Street. President Street from Aliceanna to Fayette streets. Light Street from Pratt Street to Key Highway. Key Highway from Light to McComas streets. Hanover Street from McComas to Montgomery streets. Pratt and Lombard streets from MLK Boulevard to President Street. Interstate 395 at the MLK split to Pratt Street. Maryland Transportation Authority Police say the ramp from southbound I-395 at Lee and Russell streets will be closed from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Traffic from the ramp and vehicles headed downtown from northbound I-395 will be directed to MLK Boulevard. Motorists will not be permitted to stop on highway shoulders to watch fireworks, police said. The city also says parts of several downtown streets will be closed starting at 10:30 p.m., and "No parking" signs will be in effect from 6 p.m. until 3 a.m.

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