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March 01, 2009

Deputy, 2nd driver injured in Balto. Co. crash

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Two people, including a Harford County sheriff's deputy, were injured in a head-on collision early yesterday, said Sgt. David Betz with the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

The crash occurred about 1:30 a.m at Belair Road and Ridgelys Choice Drive in Perry Hall. Baltimore County police are investigating the case but did not have immediate details.

The sheriff's deputy, Al Dias, had just finished his work shift and was driving his police cruiser, Betz said, when the crash occurred. He was taken to the hospital and released.

The female driver of the other car, whose identity was not released, also suffered nonlife-threatening injuries, Betz said.

Andrea Walker

Panel to discuss future of Biotech Institute

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Clifford Kendall, chairman of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, said Friday that he will appoint a committee of regents to consider the future of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute.

The decision comes as UMBI President Jennie C. Hunter-Cevera announced her decision last week to step down, effective June 30.

Kendall said the panel will study UMBI's current structure and consider "alternative organization options, including distribution of the UMBI centers to other USM institutions." Established in 1985, UMBI is one of the university system's 13 institutions.

Wyman Park fire damages apartments

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Baltimore fire officials are investigating the cause of an apartment fire in Wyman Park yesterday evening that damaged two units and a storage area, a Fire Department spokesman said. No one was injured in the fire that occurred about 7 p.m. at the Wyman Court Apartments in the 3500 block of Beech Ave., said the spokesman, Chief Kevin Cartwright. Several people were evacuated from the building, which filled with smoke, Cartwright said. He said officials were investigating the source of the fire.

Andrea K. Walker

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