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August 30, 2009

Police investigate double shooting in Hampden

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Baltimore City police were investigating a double shooting that occurred late Saturday on The Avenue in Hampden. The shooting in the 1000 block of W. 36th St. was reported at 11:02 p.m., according to Detective Nicole Monroe, a police spokeswoman. One person was shot in the leg and another person was shot in the arm, Monroe said. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening. Additional information was not immediately available.

- Baltimore Sun staff

Balto. Co. Council to take comments on speed cameras

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Baltimore County residents will have the opportunity to comment on a proposal to install speed monitoring cameras in school zones at the 2 p.m. council work session Tuesday. Police Chief Jim Johnson has provided statistics to show that the technology works and decreases speed-related accidents. The cameras, which would operate from 6 a.m to 8 p.m. on weekdays, would cover about a half-mile radius around schools that have generated the most complaints about speeding. Motorists driving 12 miles above the posted speed limit would be fined $40. About 15 cameras will be leased initially, at a monthly cost of $6,411 each. Budget officials estimate that each camera would generate about $138,000 in revenue annually. At a hearing on the measure earlier this month, the proposal drew the ire of many residents, who said the cameras are an attempt to make money, rather than an effort to increase safety. If enacted, the law would take effect Oct. 1. For 30 days after that, speeders detected by the cameras would receive a warning.

- Mary Gail Hare

Elkridge cyclist, 16, dies after being struck by car early Friday

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A 16-year-old Elkridge boy who was hit early Friday while riding a bicycle died Saturday evening, according to a spokeswoman for the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he had been on life support. Benjamin Wortman of Red Barn Way was riding his bike about 12:30 a.m. Friday on Route 108 near Lark Brown Road when he was hit by a Nissan Altima driven by Aaron Jacob Lorsong. Lorsong, 26, of the 13000 block of Rover Mill Road in West Friendship was charged by Howard County police with driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of heroin. Shortly after the accident, the boy's family asked doctors to put him on life support so that his organs could be donated. Police had no information Saturday evening on additional charges. Anyone with information about the incident was urged to call police at 410-313-3700.

- Scott Calvert

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