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July 14, 2009

Anne Arundel cyclist killed in crash Saturday

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A 31-year-old Shady Side man died when the motorcycle he was driving crashed into a tree Saturday. Anne Arundel County police said Robert Joseph Griffith of the 5200 block of Lake Ave. was southbound on Route 3 on a 2007 Suzuki about 1:15 a.m. when it started to weave in the roadway. Griffith was in the area of Capitol Raceway Road when the motorcycle struck a curb on the left side of the pavement, went airborne and struck a tree. Paramedics pronounced Griffith dead at the scene. He was wearing a helmet.

- Andrea F. Siegel

Rousted eagles produce two soon-to-be fledglings

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The pair of bald eagles whose eviction from a nest at Martin State Airport in February resulted in the loss of a newly laid egg, has started a new family, fish and wildlife officials said Monday. The original nest was destroyed because the adult eagles posed a threat of mid-air collisions with aircraft using the airport in eastern Baltimore County. The female was seen two weeks later investigating a former nest site on Frog Mortar Creek. "On July 7, I ... revisited the nest tree and I am happy to report she produced two eaglets this year, which look to be about eight or nine weeks old," said Craig Koppie, of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. They're behind schedule, but should fledge in two or three weeks, he said. The service recently completed a sampling survey of Chesapeake eagle nests and expects "high eagle production" this year, he said.

- Frank D. Roylance

Some property tax bills not delivered in city

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A portion of city property tax bills have not been delivered because of a problem with the U.S. Postal Service, according to a statement released late Monday by Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon. The city's Finance Department has received complaints of late bills from property owners in the 21229 and 21230 ZIP codes, according to Dixon's statement. Dixon encouraged those who have not received their bills to call 410-396-3987 or e-mail BaltimoreCityCollections@baltimorecity.gov to request a duplicate bill. Property tax bills are due Sept. 30.

- Annie Linskey

DNR police identify man, found dead at marina

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Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police identified Monday a 62-year-old man found dead over the weekend at a marina in Deale. The body of David Alan Caney was found about 4:15 p.m. Sunday at Shipwright Harbor Marina on Herring Bay Road. Police said Caney lived on a boat at the marina. His body was taken to the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy.

- Associated Press

City traffic restrictions in place for Artscape

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A number of road closures will be in effect this week as Baltimore prepares for Artscape, which begins Friday and concludes Sunday night. Several curb lanes are closed or will be closed on or near Mount Royal Avenue, city transportation officials said. The ramp to Interstate 83 will close on Thursday along with the following streets: Charles from Mount Royal to Lafayette Avenue; the north side of Mount Royal from St. Paul Street to Charles; W. Lanvale from Maryland to Charles; and E. Lanvale from Charles to Lovegrove Street. On Friday beginning at 9 a.m., transportation officials will close both sides of Maryland from North to Preston; the southbound I-83 ramp to Maryland; the south side of E. Lafayette from Charles to St. Paul; W. Preston Street from Maryland to Cathedral; and both sides of W. Lanvale from Mount Royal to Rutter. Most streets will reopen Monday at 6 a.m. For more information, go to baltimoresun.com/artscapemap.

- Brent Jones

Schlick, top aide to Gansler, leaving position for FCC

One of the top lawyers in Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler's office is leaving. Austin Schlick, chief of litigation for the state, has been named general counsel at the Federal Communications Commission. Schlick has handled a number of high-profile cases, including legal challenges to the state's slot-machine licensing program and the 2007 special session of the General Assembly. He also worked on cases regarding the state's controversial electronic voting system and the cleanup of waste sites. Before joining the attorney general's office, Schlick served as deputy general counsel at the FCC.

- Laura Smitherman

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