June 26, 2009
Two new ramps linking Interstate 95 to the Baltimore Beltway are scheduled to open for today's morning rush hour, part of the Maryland Transportation Authority's $1.5 billion project to add express toll lanes to the heavily traveled north-south highway. The ramps connect southbound I-95 to eastbound Interstate 695 toward Essex, and to westbound I-695 toward Towson. Motorists headed toward Essex will now use the right lane to exit, instead of the left lane. Teri Moss, an MdTA public information officer, said the configuration is a safety measure true of all the ramps involved in the project.
December 1, 2008
Man fatally shoots woman during standoff A man fatally shot his girlfriend and attempted to hang himself last night during a standoff with Baltimore police who had surrounded the couple's home, authorities said. The standoff began when the man fired several gunshots from a house in the 4000 block of Parkside Drive about 9 p.m., police said. Officers were responding to an assault call when the man began firing. After officers heard the shots, they fell back and surrounded the house, police said.
November 16, 2008
If the weather has behaved, drivers should see a new ramp from northbound Interstate 95 to Interstate 695 in White Marsh today. The Maryland Transportation Authority planned to close lanes along I-95 and I-695 last night through this morning to open the ramp. Signs notified the 19,000 motorists who use that interchange daily about the new ramp, which exits I-95 from the right lane and enters I-695 from the right. The old ramp, constructed 45 years ago, had drivers exit I-95 and enter I-695 from the left.
February 3, 2008
Thursday was a good day to go fishing. OK, maybe not like a day in April. Or May. But squeezing in a couple of hours between Wednesday's blow and Friday's wet snow beat sitting around the mothership all day. An ultralight rod and a beat-up old Ugly Stick practically dance into the back seat. A fanny pack filled with lures and other musts join them. Johnny Cash in the dash completes the preparations. First up, a little spot not far from home on Northwest Branch. The trail that runs along the water's edge east and west of Route 29 is part of the Rachel Carson Greenway that will someday stretch 23 miles from upper Montgomery County into Prince George's.
August 25, 2007
A Baltimore County police lieutenant enacted a short-lived policy requiring officers under his supervision to write an average of at least three traffic tickets each day they worked on patrol. Under the order, patrol officers' ability to get time off was linked to the number of tickets they wrote. Officers who did not meet the "expectation" and averaged fewer than one citation per day would be last to choose their days off, regardless of their shift seniority, according to the order. Lt. Dean E. Brubaker informed his officers of the requirement in March and documented it in a written order in May. County police spokesman Bill Toohey said the initiative was ended as soon as supervisors learned of it. "It was one lieutenant on one shift in one precinct three months ago," Toohey said yesterday.
August 10, 2007
Health Department offering free series of immunization clinics To help parents get their children ready for the new school year, the county Department of Health is offering free immunizations at a series of clinics. Dr. Pierre N.D. Vigilance, the county health officer, said that making sure children are up to date on their immunizations is part of the back-to-school routine. All clinics require appointments, except for two scheduled walk-in clinics. Parents must bring a copy of their child's immunization record to the appointments.
August 9, 2007
I-95 work will mean lane closings, detours Road work in the Interstate 95 corridor northeast of Baltimore will require overnight lane closings and detours next week as the Maryland Transportation Authority moves steel girders into place for the addition of toll lanes. Next Monday through Thursday at 9 p.m., the right lane of southbound I-95 near the I-895 split will be closed. Another lane will be closed at 11 p.m., and a third lane will be closed at midnight, closing southbound I-95 and leaving open only the two lanes that lead to I-895 and the Harbor Tunnel.
May 13, 2007
Several I-95 ramps to close at night The northbound Interstate 95 ramp to eastbound and westbound Route 175 will be closed this evening as part of the State Highway Administration's $15 million safety and resurfacing project along I-95 between Routes 32 and 100. The ramp will be closed between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. tomorrow. Other ramps to be closed between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., weather permitting, are the eastbound Route 175 to northbound I-95 (closed tomorrow and Tuesday); southbound I-95 ramp to eastbound Route 100 (closed Wednesday)
September 26, 2006
City to consider cameras in police interrogation rooms The Baltimore Police Department has deployed cameras on some of the city's most crime-ridden streets, but it does not have similar surveillance devices inside interrogation rooms. Now, with officers facing accusations of misconduct, Council President Sheila Dixon wants to discuss the department's policy on internal monitoring. Dixon introduced a resolution last night inviting Commissioner Leonard D. Hamm to explain his department's policy "on the use of video and audio recording in custodial interrogations."