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July 02, 2009

Man, daughter, killed in crash of antique car

A 62-year-old Bowie man and his 10-year-old daughter were killed Tuesday night in Howard County when the antique car they were riding in was struck from behind and overturned on Interstate 70 near the Route 97 exit in Lisbon. About 6:30 p.m., Richard Thomas Dashiell of the 11000 block of Saturn Way was driving east in the far right lane when his 1929 Model A Ford was hit by Paul Davis of Glen Burnie, police said. Witnesses told police that Dashiell's vehicle was going about 50 mph when it was hit. Dashiell and his daughter, Amelia, were thrown from the vehicle. Davis, who was driving a 2007 Dodge, was not injured. No charges have been filed, but the accident is still under investigation, police said. Police said Dashiell's car had a "Slow Moving Vehicle" sticker on the rear window. It was the second fatal accident involving a vintage automobile in the area in less than a week. Last Thursday, a 73-year-old Gambrills man was killed in Crofton when his 1936 Ford was hit head-on on Defense Highway, Anne Arundel County police said.

- Don Markus

City to sell surplus land to developer at steep discount

FOR THE RECORD - An article about Baltimore's homicide totals in Thursday's editions misstated the trend for this year. If the current pace holds, the city could have fewer homicides than last year. The Baltimore Sun regrets the errors.

Baltimore city officials agreed unanimously at the Board of Estimates meeting Wednesday to sell 98 acres of city-owned surplus land in Anne Arundel County to developer Stephen P. McAllister for $2 million, a figure that is $7.6 million below the assessed price. The property, which is near Pennington Avenue, is next to a former city dump and needs "substantial environmental remediation," the city said in justifying the sale of the land below the market rate. The developer plans to build 200 homes on the land and 1,300 homes on an adjacent lot. He agreed to spend $1.8 million maintaining the dump, which officials yesterday called a "bird sanctuary" and put $500,000 toward traffic improvements.

- Annie Linskey

City killings up 8%, but behind recent years

Baltimore ended the first half of 2009 with an 8 percent increase in homicides compared with the same point last year, though that figure is well below other recent years. From Jan. 1 to June 30, 115 people were slain in the city, nine more killings than last year but well below the average of 138 homicides from 2000 to 2007. Baltimore recorded 234 killings last year, its lowest homicide total since 1988, and the city is on track to go over that number if the current pace holds. While homicides are up so far this year, Police Department statistics as of June 20 show nonfatal shootings were down almost 30 percent and total crime was down 8 percent. The city's Northeastern District has seen the most homicides, with 24.

- Justin Fenton

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