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August 04, 2009

Water limits for city and county lifted after repairs

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Mandatory curbs on outdoor water use in the northwestern sections of Baltimore City and Baltimore County have been lifted after the completion of water main repairs. A voluntary ban on filling pools, washing cars and watering lawns was imposed July 16 when heat and dry weather increased the demand for water just as utility crews took a key 54-inch water main out of service for preventive maintenance. The ban became mandatory the next day as the water in storage tanks continued to drop. Baltimore Public Works Director David E. Scott said Friday that the work had been completed, and the restrictions ended.

- Frank Roylance

10 sent to hospitals after carbon monoxide leak

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Ten people - including six children - were treated at hospitals early Monday after carbon monoxide detectors began blaring in two adjacent apartments in Middle River. The incident occurred shortly after 1 a.m. at The Commons at White Marsh, on the 700 block of Shipfriend Road, and a spokeswoman for the Baltimore County Fire Department said BGE inspectors determined that a dirty filter in a hot-water heater was to blame. Six of the people affected were taken to Franklin Square Hospital Center, and four went to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Their conditions could not be ascertained. The complex, owned by Sawyer Realty Holdings LLC, was the site of carbon monoxide leaks a month ago. In that case, three people, including a baby girl, were treated at hospitals for exposure to the gas.

- Nick Madigan

Two killed, one seriously injured in Lothian accident

Two people were killed and a third was seriously injured after the car they were in Monday afternoon left a roadway in Lothian and crashed into trees, said a spokeswoman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. Their names were withheld, pending notification of extended family members, said Captain Debbie Bowen, the spokewoman. Bowen said a woman, 57, was driving east on Maryland Route 4 near Lower Pindell Road about 6 p.m. when the car left the roadway for unknown reasons, struck a sign post, went down an embankment, overturned and crashed into trees. Bowen said the driver and her brother, 67, had to be cut from the wreckage by firefighters and died at the scene. The driver's 19-year-old son suffered multiple injuries and was reported in serious condition at Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly.

- Richard Irwin

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