Around The Region

August 20, 2009

Man lying on Crain Highway is struck and killed by van

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A man lying on Crain Highway in Glen Burnie was struck and killed by a van Tuesday night, Anne Arundel County police said. A 73-year-old Ocean City man was driving south about 9:15 p.m. in a Ford Windstar filled with relatives when it hit the man near Sixth Avenue, police said. Police said they do not know why Donald F. Barr, 46, of the 500 block of Crain Highway was lying in the road. The driver did not appear to have been speeding or under the influence of alcohol, police said. The investigation is continuing.

- Andrea F. Siegel

Alonso joins U.S. panel on No Child Left Behind

Baltimore schools CEO Andr?s Alonso has joined the Commission on No Child Left Behind, an effort to propel support for improvements in federal education policy. "I look forward to ... helping some of our decision makers think through what might be some of the changes that need to happen in order to strengthen the ability of NCLB to bring progress to our educational system," Alonso said. "And also to recognize what might be some elements of the law that have worked in the past and might need to be retained or strengthened." Alonso is one of 13 new members who will hold a series of public hearings to discuss specific policy issues and build upon the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

- Olivia Bobrowsky

Bethel AME congregation returning to repaired church

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Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, which has been holding worship services in a synagogue since a July 1 lightning strike damaged its historic building, plans to head back home next week, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. The church is set to return to the landmark sanctuary at 1300 Druid Hill Ave. in time for Holy Convocation, the annual event with which it welcomes members back at the end of summer, which is scheduled for Aug. 24 through Aug. 27, spokeswoman Crystal Lowe said. The first communion service is set for Aug. 30 - less than two months after the church sustained fire and water damage in the lightning strike. Church members held their first Sunday services after the strike at Pier Six Pavilion in the Inner Harbor before accepting an invitation from Temple Oheb Shalom to meet at the synagogue on Park Heights Avenue.

- Matthew Hay Brown

Hundreds rally for funds for developmentally disabled

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Several hundred protesters gathered in Annapolis on Wednesday to call on Gov. Martin O'Malley to spare the developmentally disabled community from the next round of budget cuts. O'Malley plans to propose about $470 million in budget cuts next week. If those cutbacks affect the state Developmental Disabilities Administration, some caregivers might be forced to reduce staffing or discontinue services, said Laura Howell, executive director of the Maryland Association of Community Services, a nonprofit advocacy group. More than 22,000 residents with developmental disabilities receive community-based services.

- Laura Smitherman

Two-alarm fire in Essex forces residents to flee

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A two-alarm fire late Wednesday in the Hartland Village neighborhood of Essex extensively damaged at least seven three-story townhouses and displaced several residents, said a county Fire Department communications supervisor. No injuries were reported. The fire, reported at 10:22 p.m. in the first block of Spicewood Court near Hartland Road, quickly spread to adjacent townhouses, forcing residents to flee. A second alarm was sounded minutes later, bringing firefighters from several area stations. The cause and origin of the fire was being investigated.

- Richard Irwin

Apparent drowning of man in bay under investigation

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Baltimore County police, assisted by Department of Natural Resources Police, are investigating the apparent drowning Wednesday afternoon of a man off Pleasure Island, part of the Hart-Miller Island State Park, near the mouth of Back River and the Chesapeake Bay. The man's identity is being withheld pending notification of family members.

- Richard Irwin

Baltimore County man dies after hit-and-run

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A Southwestern Baltimore County man died late Wednesday at an area hospital shortly after he was struck by a vehicle on a Lansdowne road, whose driver failed to stop. Police had no description of the vehicle and are seeking the public's help. Police said John F. Fetters, 58, of Lansdowne, was walking in the 2400 block of Hammonds Ferry Road between Mine Bank Lane and Elizabeth Avenue and about 10:30 p.m. when he fell into the path of the vehicle and was struck. Police said Fetters, who was retired, was taken by a county Fire Department ambulance to St. Agnes Hospital and was pronounced dead a short time later. Anyone with information is asked to call county traffic investigators at 410-887-5396.

- Richard Irwin

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