December 14, 2009

Police investigate death of man found in Bolton Hill

Police are investigating the death of a cancer patient who was found dead early Saturday in a Bolton Hill dwelling, said Baltimore City Fire Department spokesman Kevin Cartwright. The man's name was being withheld pending notification of relatives, and the cause of death had not yet been determined. Firefighters responding to a private fire alarm system at a house in the 1700 block of Eutaw Place about 5:40 a.m. found a hot interior and a sprinkler system that had been activated after all four burners of a stove and the oven were turned on. Cartwright said the combination of the heat and water created steam that burned the face of the man, who used a wheelchair. The burns were minor and did not cause the man's death, he said, and the state medical examiner's office will perform an autopsy.

- Richard Irwin

Pedestrian dies after hit-run incident on Greenspring Ave.

A 62-year-old Baltimore pedestrian was killed Saturday night after a car struck him and left the scene, according to city police. James Little Jr. of the 4800 block of Lanier Ave. was struck by a 1997 Jeep Cherokee driving northbound in the 4700 block of Greenspring Ave., said Agent Donny Moses, a Baltimore police spokesman. Little was taken to Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:45 p.m. The driver of the car hit Little after swerving to avoid hitting another vehicle, also driving northbound on Greenspring Avenue, Moses said, and continued heading up the street. Police later caught up with the Jeep, the windshield of which was smashed and stained with blood, in the 4700 block of Pimlico Road. The driver, a 20-year-old woman, was taken to the Central District station for questioning and a Breathalyzer test. She was later released. Police are waiting for the results of toxicology tests and are continuing the investigation.

- Kelly Brewington

Pa. woman killed in collision of pickup trucks in White Hall

A Pennsylvania woman was killed early Sunday after the driver of a pickup truck in which she was a passenger lost control on an icy section of Old York Road in White Hall and crashed into another vehicle, according to Maryland State Police at the Bel Air Barracks. Police said Frank Ferguson Jr., 41, of White Hall, was driving a 2006 Ford pickup truck west on Old York Road near Route 23 (Norrisville Road) about 8:30 a.m. when he crossed the double yellow line in an attempt to pass a 2005 Chevrolet pickup. As Ferguson was passing the other vehicle, his truck skidded on the icy pavement and crashed into the other pickup truck, police said. Cheryl Christopher, 34, of Stewartstown was killed and Ferguson was thrown from the vehicle. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore by ambulance and was reported in critical condition, police said. The other driver was uninjured. The accident remains under investigation.

- Richard Irwin

Large home burns in northern Baltimore County

A large single-family home in the Nancy Lee Farms community near Worthington Valley Country Club in northern Baltimore County was destroyed Sunday night by a fire that required firefighters from several area stations to battle. No one was home when the fire broke in the 12600 block of Nancy Lee Court, and its cause is under investigation, said a Fire Department official. No injuries were reported among firefighters from responding career and volunteer companies. A fire official said at least 40 pieces of equipment from stations in the central, western and northern sections of the county responded and that the fire had not been declared under control at least an hour after it was first reported shortly after 9 p.m. The number of apparatus and firefighters that responded was equal to a three-alarm fire. The lack of fire hydrants required tanker trucks to draw water from nearby ponds and streams.

- Richard Irwin

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