Around The Region

July 29, 2009

Pedestrian struck, killed by truck in Glen Burnie

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A pedestrian was struck and killed by a pickup truck in Glen Burnie on Monday, Anne Arundel County police said. Kevin Maurice Fluker, 20, of the 100 block of Warwickshire Lane in Glen Burnie was pronounced dead at the scene of the 9:51 p.m. crash. He had been trying to cross the southbound lanes of Ritchie Highway near Ordnance Road when he was struck by a Dodge Dakota, police said. The driver, Joseph Lanier Brunner Jr., 42, of the 900 block of First St. in Brooklyn Park, was southbound on Ritchie Highway, police said. The accident remains under investigation.

- Andrea F. Siegel

Mikulski undergoes surgery for ankle

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A spokeswoman for Barbara A. Mikulski says the Maryland senator has undergone surgery on her broken ankle and is expected to make a full recovery. Mikulski broke her ankle in three places July 19 while walking down some steps when she was leaving church in Baltimore. The surgery was performed Monday at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. Mikulski said in a statement that she wanted everyone to get the same kind of health care she was receiving.

- Associated Press

Ehrlich warns of government intervention in health care

Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. waded into the national debate on health care reform this week, warning against government intervention and pointing to requirements imposed by Maryland that have added to the cost of health insurance plans. Ehrlich, a Republican, wrote in The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that Maryland imposes 66 mandates on health insurance policies, including a requirement that plans regulated by the state must provide for in vitro fertilization. As a result, he said, employer-provided health-insurance plans in Maryland cost 12 percent more than the national average. Many political observers are watching Ehrlich, who lost re-election to Gov. Martin O'Malley in 2006 and could decide to enter the race for a rematch next year. Ehrlich spokesman Henry Fawell noted that the former governor also has written opinion pieces for The Washington Post and The Weekly Standard.

- Laura Smitherman

Body of Baltimore man recovered from South River

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The body of a Baltimore man who apparently drowned Sunday afternoon while swimming in the South River in Edgewater was recovered Tuesday, said Sgt. Arthur Windemuth, a spokesman for the Maryland Natural Resources Police. Windemuth said Clinton M. Wallace, 39, whose address was not available, was boating with another man off Mayo Beach when he jumped into the river to go swimming. Moments later, Wallace called out to the other man for help. Windemuth said the other swimmer was unable to reach Wallace, and life jackets thrown by other boaters failed to reach him because of winds up to 25 knots and 2-foot waves. Windemuth said Wallace's body was found about 7 p.m. Tuesday by Natural Resources Police not far from where he went under and that his body was sent to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

- Richard Irwin

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