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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2014
An emotionally disturbed man drives a landscaping truck into the lobby of Baltimore TV station WMAR around noon and then spends the afternoon inside the building watching other TV outlets covering his five-hour standoff with police. Sounds like a media story to me. It sounds as if it could be the story of someone with a troubled mind literally trying to break his way into the bright, shiny world of television - and accomplishing it, for a few hours at least, through his act of violence.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2014
When Baltimore writer Rafael Alvarez was driving around the country peddling his books, he sold a collection of his newspaper articles and short stories to a drunken farmer in a men's room outside Memphis, Tenn. He's spent countless nights sleeping in his truck. He's traded a book for a meal. A good day is when he ekes out just enough money to buy enough gas to get him to the next town - and that's assuming he doesn't run into an ice storm. So what would Alvarez consider to be a not-so-good day on the road?
NEWS
By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
Maryland State Police on Thursday identified the driver who was killed Monday in a late-morning crash on Interstate 95 in the Patapsco River Bridge area, when the vehicle went over a bridge embankment, landed in a park and caught fire. Police CRASH team and officials from the Golden Ring Barrack said that Nathaniel White, 73, of Takoma Park was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical personnel. He was the sole occupant of a Ford truck that was towing a trailer. Police said a preliminary investigation revealed that around 11:30 a.m., the truck was traveling southbound on I-95 when it separated from the trailer.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
A driver was killed after his pick-up truck went off a bridge carrying Interstate 95 over the Patapsco River between Baltimore and Howard counties Monday, according to the Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue. Emergency responders were dispatched to River Road in Howard County, below the bridge, about 11:45 a.m. They located the driver, who was pronounced dead, said Maria Hogg, a department spokeswoman. The driver has not been publicly identified. Maryland State Police are leading the investigation into the accident.
NEWS
By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2014
An Annapolis police officer was injured late Saturday after a truck crashed into a brick wall, sending debris onto the officer's parked car, Annapolis police said. About 11:45 p.m. Saturday, Owen Frank, 28, driving a Ford F150 truck lost control of his vehicle as he was driving in the parking lot of Fleet Reserve Club in the 100 block of Compromise St., said Cpl. Amy Miguez, a spokeswoman for the department. The truck hit a low brick wall separating the street from the parking lot, she said.
BUSINESS
The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2014
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the Maryland Port Administration a $750,000 grant to extend the port of Baltimore's program to replace older, more polluting trucks with new ones, the port announced Monday. Through the Dray Truck Replacement Program, the owners and operators of the diesel trucks that haul cargo in and out of the port can purchase newer, cleaner trucks that meet or exceed EPA emission standards. Since the program began in 2012, 82 older trucks have been replaced with cleaner models.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | April 6, 2014
Two were injured when a tanker truck crashed into several parked cars near the University of Maryland in Baltimore Sunday night, police said. The driver of the truck and a university police officer were taken to area hospitals with unknown injuries, according to police spokesman Det. Jeremy Silbert. The cause of the crash, which happened around 9 p.m. in the 100 block of S. Greene St., was also unclear. This story will be updated as more information becomes available. cmcampbell@baltsun.com twitter.com/cmcmapbell6
NEWS
By Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
Salisbury University was placed on lockdown and a city-wide manhunt was underway late Wednesday evening after an officer-involved shooting near campus, police said. Salisbury Police tweeted just before 10 p.m. that officers were involved in a shooting in the area of Parker Place. A male suspect wanted connection with the incident was identified by Salisbury Police as Edwin Lamont Fletcher, 31. He is approximately 6-foot-2, 160 pounds, according to Maryland State Police. According to a Maryland State Police news release, an undercover task force was investigating Fletcher, who was wanted on a warrant for drug felony charges.
NEWS
March 25, 2014
As a retired member of the law enforcement community, I am glad to see the article regarding tow trucks and the move-over law in The Sun ( "Proposed 'move-over' law would apply to tow trucks March 24). Most people have no idea whatsoever of the dangers involved in being a state trooper on any of the major highway systems in this nation. It is a fact that most of our troopers who are killed or severely injured were struck while handling various problems on the shoulder of one of those highways.
NEWS
March 24, 2014
Motorists on Maryland roads approaching a police or emergency vehicle stopped on the shoulder with lights flashing are required by law to move over to the next lane or slow down to avoid the possibility of hitting anyone standing nearby. It's a sensible measure designed to protect law-enforcement and emergency personnel from becoming victims of the very traffic problems they are attempting to solve. But if you happen to be a tow truck operator assisting a disabled vehicle under similar circumstances, well, that's another story: You can put up orange cones and flash your lights all you want but other drivers are under no obligation to slow down, let alone change lanes to avoid you. They can whip past at 65 mph inches from where you're standing, and it's all perfectly legal.
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