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July 07, 2009

Firefighter injured in Carroll Co. barn fire

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Maryland fire investigators say one firefighter was taken to a hospital with a heat-related injury after a two-alarm fire at a Carroll County barn. The barn owner's son discovered the fire in the barn in the 4700 block of Crossroad Schoolhouse Road near the state line at about 4:40 p.m. Sunday. Deputy State Fire Marshal Joseph Zurolo says about 100 firefighters from Maryland and Pennsylvania battled the flames. He says the barn contained various pieces of farm equipment and between 1,000 to 2,000 bales of hay. Capt. Charles Evans of the Lineboro fire company says firefighters worked to protect a nearby chicken house and maintenance building. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

- Associated Press

Man drowns while trying to swim across Dundalk creek

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Baltimore County police said a man, age 20 to 22, drowned Monday afternoon while attempting to swim across a creek near Bear Creek in Dundalk. They said the man, whose name has not been released, was unable to make it to the other side of the body of water called Chink Creek after he jumped from a pier.

- Jacques Kelly

Former teacher to file as gubernatorial candidate

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A 67-year-old former Baltimore County political science teacher says he will file Tuesday as a candidate for Maryland governor and run on a platform of "getting money out of politics" while bringing ethics to government. Ralph Jaffe, a Pikesville resident, describes himself as a conservative Democrat who feels "the less government we have, the better off we are." If elected, he said that he would serve only one term. A Baltimore native, he is a 1959 graduate of Forest Park High School who earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Maryland, College Park. He taught in the Baltimore County public schools from 1964 to 1972 and later taught at Baltimore-area private schools.

- Jacques Kelly

Kevin Jackson appointed to Arundel school board

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Gov. Martin O'Malley has appointed Kevin L. Jackson, a 1999 graduate of the Naval Academy, to the Anne Arundel County Board of Education. Jackson, who is a resident of Edgewater, works at the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington and has leadership and management experience in the areas of military and defense. "I am confident that Mr. Jackson possesses the skill, expertise and the leadership necessary to ensure every child in Anne Arundel County receives the quality public education they deserve," the governor said in a news release yesterday.

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