Around The Region

AROUND THE REGION

January 12, 2009

Man's body found floating near Annapolis Yacht Club

An autopsy was to be performed today on the body of an unidentified man found floating yesterday in the Annapolis harbor, said an Annapolis police spokeswoman. Shortly before 11 a.m., police received a call that the fully clothed body of a man was floating near the Annapolis Yacht Club, said police spokeswoman Jane Schlegel. An initial report did not indicate any signs of foul play, police said. The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore. Anyone with information is urged to call police at 410-268-9000.

Westminster teenager dies in single-car crash

A Westminster teen was killed yesterday when he lost control of his SUV on an icy road and ran into a telephone pole, authorities said. Maryland State Police said that Nicholas Byron, 17, died shortly after 5 a.m. at the scene of the crash near Union Mills. Police said sleet and rain fell Saturday night in Carroll County and that roads iced over as the temperature fell; a number of traffic accidents were reported. Police say the speed of Byron's GMC Jimmy was a factor in the crash. No one else was in the SUV, and no other vehicles were involved.

The Associated Press

Man in critical condition after weekend crash

A Sykesville man remained in critical condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after a fatal head-on collision early Saturday, according to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office. Richard Dixon, 60, of Sykesville was injured when the Chevrolet truck he was driving north on Route 32 north of Nottingham Road near Westminster about 5 a.m. was struck by a 2005 Hyundai Tiburon driven south by Timothy Andrew Mahoney, 21, of Sykesville, police said. Mahoney's vehicle crossed the double yellow center line on a curve and crashed head-on into the truck, forcing the truck over a guardrail, police said. Mahoney was pronounced dead at the scene. In Mahoney's car, officers said, they found a partial case of beer. They said the use of alcohol and excessive speed on Mahoney's part contributed to the crash.

Woman hospitalized after East Baltimore house fire

A woman was hospitalized last night in critical condition after suffering from smoke inhalation during a two-alarm fire at her home in the 1400 block of E. Fayette St. in East Baltimore, a Fire Department spokesman said. The fire caused extensive damage to the three-story brick dwelling. In addition, a firefighter probing for fire in an adjacent dwelling was bitten by a dog. The firefighter remained on duty, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, the spokesman. Reported at 8:40 p.m., the fire raced through the house and was declared under control in 40 minutes. At the height of the fire, firefighters entered the dwelling and found the woman lying on the floor of a rear first-floor bathroom and nearly unconscious. The woman, whose name was not released, was taken by ambulance to Johns Hopkins Hospital, Cartwright said. He said the cause and origin of the fire were under investigation. It was not known whether the house had any smoke detectors. Sixty-five firefighters and 22 pieces of apparatus responded to the alarms.

Richard Irwin

Farmers honored for conservation efforts

The Baltimore County Soil Conservation District has named two county farmers 2008 Cooperators of the Year for their contributions to the conservation of natural resources. They are Jay McGinnis, who runs a 1,350-acre grain operation in White Hall, and Sandra Ehnen, who with her husband, Dan Dreyfuss, owns a 47-acre property in Upperco that is enrolled in a conservation easement through the Maryland Rural Legacy Program.

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