Around The Region

AROUND THE REGION

November 13, 2009

Laurel man, 54, killed in collision on Route 32

A 54-year-old Laurel man was killed Thursday morning when his automobile was struck on Route 32 in West Friendship by a sport utility vehicle that witnesses said crossed the double yellow line, Howard County police said. Gilbert Leon Trowbridge II of the 8600 block Norfolk Ave. was traveling north in a Chrysler PT Cruiser about 6:45 a.m. on the two-lane highway near Nixon's Farm Lane, south of Interstate 70, when a southbound Honda CR-V hit his vehicle, according to police. Trowbridge was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said the Honda's driver, identified as Min Na Moon, 20, of the 13000 block of Julia Manor Way in West Friendship, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore in critical condition. Investigators believe Moon might have passed another vehicle using the right shoulder of the southbound lane, then crossed the yellow line after re-entering the roadway.

- Larry Carson and Don Markus

City officer who shot man is six-year police veteran

The city police officer who shot a 23-year-old man who advanced toward the officer with two knives Wednesday morning in East Baltimore is a six-year veteran of the department and had never been involved in a shooting before, according to a spokesman for the agency. Police are not releasing the name of the officer, who is on routine administrative leave pending an investigation. Police spokesman Donny Moses said the man shot by the officer faces assault and weapons charges once he is released from Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was in serious condition Thursday. Police also have not identified the suspect. The shooting occurred about 6:30 a.m. in the 2700 block of Jefferson St. in the McElderry Park community.

- Brent Jones

EPA orders cleanups by Baltimore and Anne Arundel

Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County have been cited for water pollution violations in the wake of federal inspections that found spilled oil, trash and other debris in storm drains at local government facilities, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday. Rainfall washing off parking lots lacking in pollution controls often carries nutrients, sediment and other pollutants into streams, rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. The agency ordered each local government to correct the problems, including a lack of paperwork, training and housekeeping, that were identified in inspections of vehicle maintenance shops, landfills and solid-waste transfer stations. The federal agency did not levy any fines, but warned penalties could follow if the governments did not comply. Spokesmen for the city and county said each is taking steps to correct the problems. -

Timothy B. Wheeler

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