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January 13, 2009

Dulaney High student hit by car has died

A Baltimore County high school student who was hit by a car late last week has died, officials said yesterday. Conrad A. Utanes, 17, of Timonium was struck shortly after school let out Friday afternoon, police said. The Dulaney High School senior was crossing Girdwood Road when he was hit by a 2001 Ford Focus driven by another Dulaney student, Sarah J. Sernaker, 16, of Cockeysville, Baltimore County police spokesman Bill Toohey said yesterday. Grief counselors were at Dulaney yesterday, Principal Patrick S. McCusker said, along with the guidance counselors. "This is just such a terrible thing for our whole school community," McCusker said. The accident occurred a few blocks from the school, police said. Utanes, who was unconscious after being struck, was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said. A traffic division officer confirmed that Utanes died Sunday night. The officer said the accident is being investigated and no charges have been filed. The traffic investigation could take weeks and then would be turned over to the state's attorney's office, Toohey said. Charges, if any, would depend on the investigation's outcome and the decision of the state's attorney's office, he said.

Arin Gencer, Mary Gail Hare and Brent Jones

Joppa house fire injures resident, two firefighters

A one-alarm house fire yesterday morning in Joppa injured two firefighters and one resident, said a spokesman for the Harford County Volunteer Fire Company. The fire happened in the 2800 block of Old Joppa Road. One firefighter and the resident were taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center for smoke inhalation. The other firefighter was burned but refused treatment at the scene. Multiple house pets died in the fire. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Liz F. Kay

Police identify body found in Annapolis harbor

Yesterday, police identified the body that was found floating in the Annapolis harbor Sunday morning. The body of David Talmadge Barnes, 49, of the 100 block of Chesapeake Ave. in Annapolis was found just before 11 a.m. near the 300 block of First St., said Annapolis police spokeswoman Jane Schlegel. The body was fully clothed, and there did not appear to be any signs of foul play, she said. An autopsy is expected to be performed today at the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore. Anyone with information is urged to call Annapolis police at 410-268-9000.

Julie Scharper

Grants to help Baltimore residents find jobs, homes

The Open Society Institute - Baltimore is distributing $2.5 million in federal grants to several Baltimore neighborhoods; the money is expected to help about 1,200 people find jobs and obtain housing. The grants will focus on people with criminal records and those who are fighting addictions. The neighborhoods are in the Baltimore Empowerment Zone Program, and include historic East Baltimore, Harlem Park/Lafayette Square, Poppleton, Sandtown-Winchester and Pigtown. The communities were selected based on their poverty level, unemployment and general economic distress. Last year, more than 18 percent of the residents in those neighborhoods lived in poverty, and 16.5 percent were unemployed.

Brent Jones

Ex-Del. McKee begins serving pornography term

A former Maryland state delegate has begun serving a 37-month sentence at a federal prison at New Jersey's Fort Dix for possessing child pornography. Republican Robert McKee of Washington County has been free since pleading guilty in September. He reported to the facility yesterday afternoon. McKee acknowledged in a plea agreement that sheriff's deputies who searched his home nearly a year ago found pictures he had downloaded from Web sites showing known victims of child pornography. A Federal Bureau of Prisons spokeswoman said there are both a low-security and a minimum-security facility at the site, but she did not say where McKee will be. Before his arrest, McKee was executive director of the Hagerstown Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.

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