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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
Twenty-two pedestrians died after being hit by cars in Baltimore County in 2013 - that's a five year high, and officials say the county is on pace to match it this year. Trying to lower those numbers, county officials Thursday launched a "Heads Up! Walk Safe" campaign, urging pedestrians to obey traffic laws and be more cognizant of their surroundings while walking and biking. Pedestrians are at fault in 80 percent of crashes, officials said. "This past year, 2013, we had more fatal pedestrian crashes in Baltimore County than in the five years prior," said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz during a news conference.
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SPORTS
By Alejandro Zúñiga and The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2014
With one out in the bottom of the fifth inning Saturday, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones forced the Toronto Blue Jays into a rushed throw and an error by racing down the first base line to beat out a ground ball. Then, the real fun began. When Jones turned to second base, he came face-to-face with first base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt. Jones put both arms out, tried to dodge the umpire and began to sprint down the baseline, but in the process Wendelstedt toppled backward and thudded into the infield dirt.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
A Houston-based company asked Maryland for a permit to ship millions of gallons of crude oil through its South Baltimore marine terminal as the nation's oil industry surges. Another company in the Fairfield industrial area began moving crude oil in recent years from tank cars hauled by locomotives onto barges for shipment to refineries or asphalt plants. While the boom in U.S. crude oil production is helping to reduce the nation's dependence on imports, the rapidly expanding domestic transport of crude by rail and barge is raising concerns after several derailments and explosions and a barge accident that spilled crude into the Mississippi River.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
Traffic was brought to a standstill on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and two people — including a Maryland Transportation Authority police officer — were flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center following a two-vehicle crash on Kent Island on Wednesday. The crash occurred about a half-mile east of the bridge when a vehicle traveling east on Route 50 veered off the highway and crashed into a patrol vehicle that was parked in a crossover area between the eastbound and westbound lanes, said Lt. Kevin Ayd, a MdTA spokesman.
NEWS
By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
The Joppa-Magnolia Fire Company is at the scene of a Monday morning motor vehicle crash in Joppa. One vehicle was overturned in the accident, which occurred in the 1500 block of Stockton Road, according to the fire company. Elsewhere, debris in the roadway has resulted in the closure of a southbound lane and shoulder on MD-24 near Sharon Road in Harford County. As of 9:08 a.m., all lanes have reopened on northbound Interstate 95 near MD 543 in Harford County following a vehicle fire, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority.
NEWS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2014
A motorist was killed and a bicyclist was seriously injured in separate Baltimore County incidents, police said. Police did not give the time of the accidents but reported both early Sunday. The fatal crash involved a single vehicle leaving the road at Bellona Avenue and Charles Street in Towson, police said. The driver, later identified as John Kelly, of the 400 block of Venable Ave. in Baltimore, was pronounced dead at the scene. The bicyclist was struck by another motorist at the corner of Back River Neck Road and Poles Road in Essex, police said.
NEWS
By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
Baltimore police named a new training director Friday, a move that follows two years of resignations, temporary appointments and a nearly fatal 2013 training accident that led the department to improve its safety guidelines. Paul Banach, a 29-year law enforcement veteran, was named the new director of the Professional Development and Training Academy. Banach last worked at the Monroe Township Police Department in New Jersey before retiring in 2008 as a lieutenant. Baltimore police say he worked in Monroe for much of his career.
NEWS
AEGIS STAFF REPORT | June 2, 2014
Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation is teaming up with the Kurt M. Chenowith Memorial Foundation to dedicate a new piece of fire engine-themed play equipment at Annie's Playground in Fallston. The new feature, which is next to the playground's main entrance, has been erected in memory of Mr. Chenowith, of Fork, a volunteer fireman in Fallston and a paid firefighter in Baltimore County who was killed in a motorcycle accident not far from the playground in August 2011, a few weeks shy of his 26th birthday.
NEWS
Staff Reports, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2014
A Carroll County Sheriff's Office deputy suffered injuries in a crash on Route 140 in Finksburg on Friday in an accident that ultimately involved five vehicles and sent five people to the hospital. According to the Sheriff's Office, Master Deputy Mario DeVivio was on eastbound Route 140 at the crossroads with Route 91 in Finksburg when a Jeep Wrangler driven by a Finksburg resident made a turn in front of his vehicle. The deputy was unable to avoid the collision, which caused a chain reaction involving three additional vehicles - two Ford Fusions and a GMC Terrain.
NEWS
By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | May 29, 2014
An Anne Arundel County judge heard closing arguments Wednesday in the case against a Howard County police officer charged with assault in connection with a June 2013 wrong-way collision in Anne Arundel that injured a family of four. Circuit Court Judge Paul F. Harris Jr., who is presiding over the trial, said he will deliver his decision on June 23.  The officer, Symchay Kon Bendu, 29, of North Laurel, faces four counts of second-degree assault, a reckless driving charge and a negligent driving charge in connection with the June 8 accident, which occurred on a one-way road that connects Route 100 eastbound to Route 10 southbound.  The accident in question, during which Bendu's cruiser was T-boned as he attempted to make a U-turn, was preceded an hour earlier by another accident in Anne Arundel involving Bendu.
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