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April 05, 2009

Cecil man dies in house fire

CHARLESTOWN: A Cecil County man was killed early Saturday in a house fire, according to the state fire marshal's office. About 45 firefighters responded to a call just after 2 a.m. in the first block of Edgewater Drive in Charlestown. Authorities said the 71-year-old man was the sole occupant at the time of the fire. It took firefighters an hour to control the fire, which caused $90,000 in damage, according to the state fire marshal.

Hanah Cho

Restaurants close in Power Plant complex

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City health inspectors closed Mex restaurant in Power Plant Live on Friday night because of a mouse infestation, officials said Saturday. Mosaic and Mondo Bondo Bistro, other Power Plant Live properties, were also closed. City officials shut down Mosaic for an out-of-date food permit, said Olivia Farrow, the city's interim health commissioner. Mondo Bondo was closed by restaurant management, though the reason was unclear. Mex and Mosaic applied for a general after-hours inspection from the city Health Department on Saturday. "If people feel like they can clean up their facility and do whatever is required in the violations notice, we get back out there and open them back up," Farrow said. Later that day, Chris Furst, spokesman for Power Plant Live, announced that Mosaic and Mex would be open Saturday night.

Sam Sessa

Woman badly injured as porch cracks, falls

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A Baltimore County woman suffered serious injuries Saturday when the floor of her porch cracked and fell, trapping her under slabs of concrete, authorities said. Responding to a call about 12:15 p.m. in the 4000 block of St. Augustine Lane in North Point, fire and rescue officials found the woman, whose identity was not released, lying on her back with two pieces of concrete on her hip and thighs, said Battalion Chief James Devers of the Baltimore County Fire Department. Devers said that the concrete floor of her back porch split in half and fell 8 feet to a stairway below; the woman fell with it and was trapped by the pieces. The woman, whose injuries were not life-threatening, was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Hanah Cho

Man struck by train at light rail station

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A 22-year-old man was struck by a light rail train in Anne Arundel County yesterday while attempting to cross the tracks, officials said. The unidentified man's legs were pinned under the train when firefighters arrived at the North Linthicum light rail station in the 400 block of N. Camp Meade Road about 7:40 p.m., said Battalion Chief Matthew Tobia, a spokesman for the county Fire Department. Firefighters cut off the train's electrical supply and used high-pressure air bags to lift the train off the victim, who was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment of serious but not life-threatening injuries, Tobia said. Cheron Walker, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Transit Administration, said the southbound train was arriving at the station when the man was struck. Passengers were aboard the train, but no one else was injured, she said.

Nicole Fuller

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