Around The Region

July 28, 2009

Car hits street-sweeper truck in White Marsh, killing 3

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Three people were killed Monday in White Marsh when a car rammed into the back of a street-sweeper truck, Baltimore County fire officials said. Authorities have not released the victims' names, ages or genders. The accident happened on Honeygo Boulevard near Whitemarsh Boulevard about 5 a.m., fire officials said.

- Brent Jones

County GOP chairman calls for Moxley to resign after 2nd DUI

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The chairman of the Baltimore County Republican Central Committee has called for the resignation of County Councilman Sam Moxley, a four-term Democrat who was arrested on drunken-driving charges Friday in Baltimore city. It was Moxley's second DUI offense in four years. Moxley, 50, was involved in a four-car accident about 1:20 a.m. Friday on West Franklin Street at North Pulaski Street, according to police reports. Moxley failed a sobriety test at the scene and was taken into custody. He later refused a Breathalyzer test, police said. Moxley did not return a call for comment.

- Mary Gail Hare

Talks start on off-leash hours for Baltimore city parks

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The first talks about off-leash hours in city parks will focus on Patterson Park. On Thursday, Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks will meet dog owners and other park patrons to talk about developing off-leash hours and/or a fenced-in dog run in the Southeast Baltimore park. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the General Wolfe Middle School, at Wolfe and Gough streets. The City Council voted in May to pursue the idea of off-leash hours. Recreation and Parks Director Wanda S. Durden said the city is looking at off-leash hours in four parks: Riverside, Patterson, Herring Run and Wyman. They're thinking about 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and then 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

- Jill Rosen

Cab driver killed, four injured in Northwest Baltimore crash

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A taxicab driver was killed Sunday night after his car collided with a Ford Crown Victoria in Northwest Baltimore, city fire officials said. Authorities say Harvey Braggs, 67, of the 1700 block of Poplar Grove St., was likely speeding before the accident, which happened about 11 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of Woodcrest Avenue near Northern Parkway. Emergency crews found the cab driver in trauma arrest at the scene, and he was pronounced dead at an area hospital shortly thereafter. Four people in the Crown Victoria were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and Sinai Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries, fire officials said.

- Brent Jones

Moving huge transformer to prompt nightly detours

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A half-million-pound power transformer will spend six nights traveling from Havre de Grace to Delta, Pa., inching along at 3-5 mph, on its way to a nuclear power plant just north of the Maryland state line. The transformer, the first of six being replaced at Exelon Nuclear's Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station in southern Pennsylvania, will travel between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. with a Maryland State Police escort. Several roads, including Interstate 95, will be affected by detours, lane and road closures as the wide load makes its slow journey. Other affected routes include Route 155 (Level Road), Route 22 (Churchville Road), Route 136 (Priestford/Whiteford Road) and Route 165 (Pylesville Road). Two Harford County bridges - Deer Creek and Broad Creek - will be shut down for two days so they can be reinforced to carry the enormous load.

- Baltimore Sun staff

Barton Malow to renovate Naval Academy's galley

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A Maryland firm has won a $40.9 million contract to renovate the galley at the U.S. Naval Academy. Barton Malow Co. of Linthicum Heights will renovate the kitchen area where midshipmen's meals are prepared. The project, to be funded by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will begin immediately and is expected to be done by October 2011.

- Childs Walker

State officials discuss schools' swine flu strategy

State Health Secretary John Colmers and state schools Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick joined local health and education officials Monday to discuss plans for handling swine flu in school this fall. Grasmick said the state was developing a plan for when to close schools and cancel extracurricular activities, if necessary. The state also was planning how to best isolate sick students and communicate with parents. Health officials say the number of U.S. flu cases could soar in the fall after schools open. The virus has caused an unusual number of serious illnesses among teens and young adults, while seasonal flu usually is hardest on the elderly and very young. Four people in the state have died so far from the swine flu.

- Associated Press

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