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March 08, 2009

Glen Burnie fire routs apartment residents

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A three-alarm fire raged through a Glen Burnie apartment building yesterday afternoon, forcing two dozen families from their homes. No injuries were reported in the fire at the Hidden Woods complex, said Lt. Stuart Peters, an Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman. Firefighters arrived at the scene at 324 Highland Drive within four minutes of receiving a 911 call at 3:27 p.m., Peters said. Thirty vehicles - including 11 fire engines - and nearly 70 firefighters responded. They were still working to cool down hot spots at 5 p.m. The Red Cross was asked to assist in relocating the families from building number 324, where the fire took place, and its neighbor, building 322, Peters said. The cause of the fire had not been determined.

Tricia Bishop

Baltimore Co. forums set on special ed

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Baltimore County's public schools will hold five community forums on the proposed special-education staffing plan for the 2009-2010 school year. Parents and other interested parties may also share their views on other special education issues. All meetings will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at these elementary schools: Charlesmont, 7800 W. Collingham Drive, Dundalk; Church Lane, 3820 Fernside Road, Randallstown; Dogwood, 7215 Dogwood Road, Woodlawn; Padonia International, 9834 Greenside Drive, Cockeysville; and Vincent Farm, 6019 Ebenezer Road, White Marsh.

Information: 410-887-6111.

Two injured in Howard when pickup hits pole

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A Howard County woman and a Montgomery County man were hospitalized after the pickup truck in which they were traveling early yesterday morning rammed a telephone pole in Marriottsville, Howard County police said. According to police, Kevin Ryan Nichols, 24, of Silver Spring, was driving on Marriottsville Road near Driver Road at about 12:30 a.m. yesterday when the 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck struck the pole. Nichols and a passenger, Kelly Elizabeth Cook, 27, of Dayton, were flown by state medevac helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where police said that Cook was in critical condition and Nichols was in serious condition. Police also said that alcohol might have been a factor in the accident and that an investigation is continuing. Charges could follow, pending further investigation, police said.

Tricia Bishop

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