Around The Region

AROUND THE REGION

August 13, 2009

Police seek identity of injured bicyclist

A bicyclist who police have been unable to identify was struck by a van Tuesday night in Arnold and was critically hurt, Anne Arundel County police said. Police said the van struck the woman, who appears to be 18 to 25 years old, about 8:45 p.m. at College Parkway and Bellerive Drive. The woman was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Police describe her as a light-skinned black woman with a tattoo of a pit bull and the name Bishop on the right side of her chest. She was wearing red clothing and riding a black BMX-style bicycle. Police are asking anyone with information about her identity to contact the police traffic safety section at 410-222-8573.

- Andrea F. Siegel

Historic Liberty ship open for visitors

Beginning today, visitors to Baltimore's Inner Harbor are invited to go aboard for a tour of the Liberty ship SS John W. Brown, the historic 441-foot vessel built at Bethlehem Steel's Fairfield Yard. Launched in 1942 and named for a Maine shipbuilding union official, the vessel completed eight wartime voyages, surviving U-boat torpedoes, mines and air attacks. It took part in the D-Day invasion in 1944 and steamed 100,000 miles before being retired in 1946. The Brown will be docked along the west wall, or Light Street side, of the Inner Harbor. The self-guided tours begin today at 5:30 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. Tomorrow, the ship is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Sunday, the ship is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The ship's entrance gangway will be closed an hour before the end time listed.

FOR THE RECORD - Because of inaccurate information provided by Howard County police, an item in Thursday's editions about the death of a landscaping worker in a riding mower accident incorrectly reported the Columbia man's name and age. Celerino Baltazar-Avila was 27. The Baltimore Sun regrets the errors.

- Fred Rasmussen

Columbia man dies in riding mower accident

A 26-year-old Columbia man working for a commercial landscaping company died Wednesday after falling down a steep hill and becoming trapped under a riding mower. Howard County police said Cerelino Valtazar, of the 8800 block of Tamar Drive, was found pinned under the large mower about 2 p.m. by a man working at a nearby business in the 9000 block of Junction Drive in Annapolis Junction. Valtazar, who works for Premier Lawn Service in West Friendship, apparently lost control of the mower on the 10-foot hillside and fell underneath the machine. He was pronounced dead at Howard County General Hospital at 3 p.m. Police and the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.

- Larry Carson

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