Around The Region

AROUND THE REGION

July 01, 2009

Howard Co. child left in car 8 hours dies of heatstroke

A 23-month-old Howard County girl died of heatstroke after one of her parents unintentionally left the child strapped in her car seat in front of the family's Ellicott City residence last week. Neither the identity of the child nor her parents was released. Police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said Tuesday that no criminal charges will be filed. She said that emergency responders were called to the home about 5 p.m. June 25, eight to nine hours after the child had been placed in the car seat. Llewellyn said a "change of routine" caused the parent to forget that the child was in the car. Llewellyn said the Police Department, in conjunction with the county's Health Department, will be releasing a public service announcement about child safety.

- Don Markus

Man, 24, fatally shot in East Baltimore

A man was fatally shot in East Baltimore about 12:20 a.m. Tuesday, the same night the victim turned 24 years old, according to city police. Officer Troy Harris, a police spokesman, said Steven Wilson was shot several times behind the 1600 block of E. Eager St. and found nearby in the 1000 block of Branch Water Court. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 30 minutes later, city police said. Court records show Wilson, of the 2200 block of Homewood Ave., was also known as Davon Grey and Frank Wilson. Police have made no arrests in the shooting.

- Justin Fenton

Two die in crash along Interstate 70

Two people died in a traffic collision on Interstate 70 in Lisbon Tuesday night, according to Maryland State Police. The victims, according to television news reports, were an adult male and a young girl. Troopers responded to reports of crash on eastbound I-70 at Route 97 at about 6:35 p.m., police said. The victims were transported to Howard County General Hospital with life-threatening injuries, according to police. More information was not released pending notification of family members.

- Liz F. Kay

Federal grant will help juvenile offenders get jobs

Maryland received a $3.1 million federal grant to help young offenders in Baltimore enter the work force, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Tuesday. The grant, given to the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, will provide education support, mentoring, pre-apprenticeships and community service to youths returning to the city from in- or out-of-state juvenile facilities. With the infusion of cash, Juvenile Services and the Baltimore Mayor's Office on Criminal Justice will serve as many as 400 boys and girls ages 14 and up.

- Julie Bykowicz

Md. to attack warrant backlog with $1 million of stimulus

More than $1 million in federal stimulus funding will be directed to pay overtime for police officers and sheriff's deputies to reduce a backlog of outstanding warrants, Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Tuesday. The goal is to clear more than 4,000 warrants and focus on individuals who are wanted for violent crimes or who have violent backgrounds. At any time, tens of thousands of warrants have not been served in Maryland, according to the governor's office.

- Laura Smitherman

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