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SPORTS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2014
Perched on the edge of a cruising powerboat, a thrill-seeker in a tethered parachute soon is flying hundreds of feet in the air. Parasailing has grown in popularity in recent years, in places including Ocean City and Havre de Grace. But so has the number of fatal and near-fatal accidents. A federal agency said this week that licensing and regulations are needed to keep participants safe. One of the sport's pioneers agrees that without such regulation, parasailing could go the way of bungee-jumping - the industry crushed by prohibitive insurance costs.
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NEWS
By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
A Sykesville man was seriously injured after he jumped off the bow of a 22-foot rental boat and was then run over by the vessel on Isle of Wight Bay in Ocean City Monday, police said. John Scott Hauf, 26, had lacerations to his left shoulder, neck and head from the boat's propeller. Hauf was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury in critical condition, and then later taken Maryland Shock Trauma. He was listed in stable condition Tuesday. The operator of the boat failed a field sobriety test, police said.
NEWS
By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
A 54-year-old man was killed after the motorcycle he was riding struck a road median in Annapolis early Saturday, police said. Just after midnight Saturday, Forrest Andrew Williams of Annapolis was driving on Green Holly Drive near Seabright Drive when he lost control of his motorcycle and was thrown from his bike, police said. Police said alcohol and non-compliant headgear contributed to the crash. timswift@baltsun.com
NEWS
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.
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.
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