Around The Region

March 15, 2009

Man killed by subway train

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A 44-year-old man was struck and killed by a Maryland Transit Administration subway train Friday night as he stood on tracks that run through a tunnel in Baltimore County's Sudbrook Park community. The accident occurred about 9:50 p.m. Jawauna Greene, MTA spokeswoman, said the man, whose identity has not been released, died at the scene. She said the man was found in the southbound tunnel.

Mondawmin shooting leaves man critical

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A man was in "critical to grave" condition last night at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after being shot multiple times in the Mondawmin neighborhood of Baltimore, police reported. Investigators have not identified suspects or a motive in the shooting that occurred at 10:20 p.m. in the 1900 block of Pulaski St., Officer Troy Harris, a city police spokesman, said.

Matthew Hay Brown

Balto. County police identify missing girl

Baltimore County police have released the name of a girl who has been missing for more than a week. Homicide investigators continued to search for Rochell Denise Battle, 16, of the 2800 block of Boarman Ave. in Baltimore. The girl is black, stands between 5 feet 1 inch and 5 feet 3 inches, and weighs between 170 and 190 pounds. She has been missing since March 6. Investigators continued to search an 8 1/2 -acre wood surrounding Ace Roll-Off Services, a junkyard in Middle River. They also were taking a dozen trash bins to Eastern Sanitary Landfill in White Marsh to sift through the contents.

Matthew Hay Brown

Beltway bridge project at Charles St. to begin

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The State Highway Administration will begin demolition of the Charles Street bridge over Interstate 695 tomorrow night as part of a three-year, $50 million project to replace the span with one that would accommodate a future widening of the Baltimore Beltway. The project will require what the highway agency called major changes in traffic patterns along Charles Street (Route 139) and the Beltway, including temporary lane shifts and long-term lane and ramp closures. Traffic on the bridge will be reduced to one southbound lane and two northbound. The SHA said the move is necessary for driver and worker safety. The state is replacing the current, structurally deficient bridge - built in 1955 as part of the original Beltway - with a wider, longer and higher span to handle increased traffic and create room for lanes that will eventually be added to I-695. The project also includes rehabilitation of the Beltway bridge over the Maryland Transit Administration's light rail line. The highway agency said it would maintain access to local businesses and residences during the project, which is expected to be completed in the fall of 2012. Lane closures will begin about 7 p.m. tomorrow. The state is encouraging motorists to avoid the Charles Street interchange that night and to use alternate routes such as York Road.

Michael Dresser

Pedestrian killed in Parkville identified

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Baltimore County police have identified the woman who was struck and killed by a car in Parkville on Friday. Marion Spencer, 67, was crossing Perring Parkway at McClean Boulevard shortly after 8 p.m. when she was hit, police said. She died at the scene. The driver of the car remained at the scene. Police are investigating.

Matthew Hay Brown

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