Around The Region

July 05, 2009

Man found fatally shot in Aberdeen

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A man was found shot dead in an apartment in Aberdeen early Saturday morning, city police said. Detective David Swain said the unidentified man was found in the kitchen area of an apartment on Pritchard Avenue on the city's east side about 3 a.m. The man had been shot once, but Swain could provide no further details. He said witnesses reported seeing two men leaving the scene in a black Audi with New York license plate number ERV 5831.

- Arthur Hirsch

Baltimore Co. to add license plate reader

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A $23,075 state grant will add another mobile license plate reader to the fleet of Baltimore County police vehicles. The image-processing device, known as a Mobile Plate Hunter System, already installed in many police cars, enables officers to automatically scan and identify stolen vehicles and traffic violators. The equipment photographs the plates on passing vehicles, records time and location, searches a database for any flagged tags and sounds an alert on any outstanding violations. Officers scanned nearly 1 million plates in 2008 and made 82 arrests from the resulting hits.

- Mary Gail Hare

O'Malley names Orsman to Harford school board

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Donald R. Orsman, a longtime English teacher at Havre de Grace High School, has been named by Gov. Martin O'Malley to serve on the Harford County Board of Education. In a statement, O'Malley said Orsman "possesses the skill and the leadership necessary" to promote quality education. Orsman is a teacher mentor at several Harford schools, and taught at Havre de Grace High for 32 years.

- Baltimore Sun staff

Baltimore zoo home to new dik-dik, porcupine

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Visitors to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore can get a glimpse of new animals that have joined the facility this summer. Zoo officials say a new Kirk's dik-dik calf named Maddie was born in May and is now on display with her mother, Gwen. They are a tiny antelope found primarily in eastern Africa. There's another calf that was born recently to the sitatunga herd, named Pithos. The swamp antelope did not bond immediately with his mother, so zoo keepers say they had to take over feeding duties for the calf. The zoo also has acquired a female African-crested porcupine, which was introduced to a male already at the zoo. Zoo officials say the two have become "very comfortable" with each other.

- Associated Press

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