In Brief

February 09, 2010

Electrical failure dumps sewage in Severn Run

An electrical failure at an Anne Arundel County wastewater pumping station has caused an overflow of 10,000 gallons of sewage, county officials said Monday. The electricity at the Severn Run Sewage Pumping Station in the 1500 block of Old Mill Road failed at noon Sunday, likely due to the storm, causing a backup and consequent overflow, said Matt Diehl, a spokesman for the county Department of Public Works. DPW crews contained the overflow by 2 p.m. and the pumping station is currently operating normally, Diehl said. The county Department of Health has closed the Severn Run and warned against direct contact with the waterway, which will be reopened when water-quality conditions are determined to be acceptable. People coming in contact with the water are advised to wash with soap and water immediately. "Because of the weather, we don't anticipate a lot of people swimming or wading in that area," said Elin Jones, a spokeswoman for the health department.

- Nicole Fuller

Man, 38, found shot to death Sunday in W. Baltimore alley

A 38-year-old man was shot to death Sunday afternoon in West Baltimore, his body discovered in the snow in a rear alley, according to a Police Department spokesman. Police were called about 1:10 p.m. for shots fired in the 1200 block of Bentalou St. A person directed police to the rear of the block, where officers found the victim unresponsive, spokesman Donny Moses said. The man, whom police have not yet identified, was pronounced dead on the scene, according to Moses. Police have no suspects and no motives. The killing is the 17th homicide this year, eight fewer than this time a year ago.

- Brent Jones

Police ID officers who killed man in Northwest Baltimore

Police have identified the officers who exchanged gunfire with and killed a man Feb. 4 in Northwest Baltimore. Detective Chris Funk, 28, a two-year veteran assigned to the Violent Crimes Impact Section, and his partner, Detective Matthew Ryckman, 23, fired shots at Dennis Gregory, 41, who police say opened fire on them as they did field interviews in the 3700 block of Oakmont Ave. in connection with a recent shooting, said Anthony Guglielmi, the department's chief spokesman. Funk, a Marine who served in Iraq, was wounded but not seriously injured. Gregory, who has a long criminal record, was on probation at the time of the shooting. An investigation into the shooting was continuing.

-- Justin Fenton

Woman dies in Woodlawn house fire Monday

A woman died Monday night in a fire that destroyed a ranch-style home in Woodlawn, the Baltimore County Fire Department said. The victim's name was withheld pending notification of family members. A Fire Department communications supervisor said the woman was declared dead at the scene. Her body was taken to the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy to determine the cause of death. Reported at 5:43 p.m., the single-alarm fire quickly raced through the L-shaped single-story dwelling in the 2000 block of Royal Court Drive near Windsor Mill Road and was filled with fire and smoke when the first of at least 20 pieces of equipment from stations between Pikesville and Catonsville responded. The fire was declared under control at 6:20 p.m. and its origin and cause were under investigation.

- Richard Irwin

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