Stadium Place water tested for Legionnaire's disease
Water samples were taken by state officials from more than 100 locations during the weekend in an attempt to identify the source of last week's outbreak of Legionnaire's disease at Stadium Place, a senior living facility on the former site of Memorial Stadium, a Baltimore City health spokesman said Monday. The spokesman, Brian Schleter, said there have been no additional reports of illness from the outbreak, which has sickened four and killed one.
- Meredith Cohn
Pedestrian dies after being hit by a vehicle in Essex
Police in Baltimore County said Monday that they are not likely to pursue charges against the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a pedestrian in Essex. Mike Hill, a police spokesman, said the accident appeared to have been caused by an error on the part of James Locklear, 45, of the 1000 block of Glemsford Road in Essex, who was walking on Eastern Avenue near Southeastern Boulevard when he was hit by a vehicle about 5:30 a.m. Friday. The vehicle was driven by Stanley Hudson Jr., 40, of the 1000 block of Brooklandwood Road in Lutherville.
- Nick Madigan
Cyclist dies after head-on collision with a car in Carroll
A Carroll County man died Monday after the motorcycle he was riding struck a car head-on in Westminster. Edward Nicholas Dill, 28, was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center about four hours after the collision that threw him more than 20 yards from the motorcycle, police said. According to a Sheriff's Department statement, Cpl. Mario DeVivio was heading north on Route 97 in an unmarked police car when Dill pulled in front of him on a 2004 Yamaha motorcycle. When DeVivio signaled Dill to pull over, the motorcyclist fled, disappearing from the deputy's sight, the report said. Dill traveled about a quarter-mile before crossing the center line in a curve and striking an oncoming Ford Fusion, according to accident reports. Dill was flown to Shock Trauma by state police medevac and died early Monday afternoon. The driver of the Fusion was transported to Carroll Hospital Center as a precaution and later released. An investigation showed that the motorcycle had been reported stolen by the Penn Township, Pa., Police Department on Sept. 17. Traffic-collision reconstructionists from the Carroll County Sheriff's Department and the Maryland State Police investigating, police said. Anyone who may have witnessed the collision is asked to contact Sgt. Mike Zepp at 410-386-2900 or email@example.com.
- Jonathan Pitts
Domestic violence program gets federal grant
Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown was in Baltimore on Monday to highlight a $400,000 grant for the Safe Haven Visitation Project, an anti-domestic violence project. The money, federal funds distributed by the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, will pay for a pilot program creating a supervised visitation center where families affected by domestic violence can meet with their children in supervised settings. City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Del. Barbara A. Robinson joined Brown, who visited the House of Ruth. Seventy-five people died in Maryland in 2008 as a result of domestic violence, the lieutenant governor's office said, up from 52 in 2007.
- Baltimore Sun staff
Obama pays surprise visit to Silver Spring elementary
President Barack Obama paid a surprise lunchtime visit to Viers Mill Elementary School in Silver Spring on Monday. Montgomery County schools spokeswoman Kate Harrison said the visit lasted 30 minutes to 45 minutes, and that officials had been told to keep it secret. Obama "really just wanted to interact with students and he wanted to do it during lunch," Harrison said. According to a pool report, the president visited with third- and fifth-graders. Ben Finkenbinder, a White House press aide, said Obama chose Viers Mill because in 2005 it became the first Montgomery County school with a large population of low-income students to be designated a National Blue Ribbon School for significantly closing the achievement gap. Such schools qualify for Title I federal funding. "It's wonderful. I'm just so happy for the kids," Harrison said. "What a thrill. To be just sitting there eating your lunch, and all of a sudden the president of the United States walks in. It's so exciting."
- The Washington Post