Baltimore Zoo draws record crowd of 8,100
BALTIMORE -- A confluence of circumstances brought a record one-day crowd of 8,100 people to the Baltimore Zoo yesterday -- "the highest one-day attendance since 1876 when the zoo first opened," said spokeswoman Patrice Malloy.
The factors behind the record turnout were the lure of the special entertainment celebrating the weekend's opening of the $4.2 million African watering hole exhibit; Father's Day family outings; and the sunny, cool summer weather.
School for Deaf names first deaf superintendent
FREDERICK -- The Maryland School for the Deaf has named James E. Tucker, an official at Gallaudet University, as its next superintendent.
Mr. Tucker, who is currently the director of admissions at Gallaudet, a university for the deaf in Washington, will be the first deaf superintendent at the school.
Mr. Tucker, a doctoral student at the University of Maryland, will assume his duties as superintendent on July 15. He succeeds Dr. David Denton, who is retiring after 25 years as head of the school, which has campuses in Frederick and Columbia.
Ferris wheel riders take the scenic route
COLUMBIA -- Sixteen people at the Columbia City Fair had plenty of time to look over the 25-year-old city yesterday when a Ferris wheel got stuck in the middle of their ride.
No one was injured when a cable on the wheel snapped at 1 leaving the riders stranded at the top, said Lt. Michael Gearheart of the Howard County Fire and Rescue Department. It took firefighters and fair workers about 45 minutes to free the stranded riders.
Firefighters raised the ladder from a truck and brought down eight riders who were in the top four cars, Lieutenant Gearheart said.
Homes evacuated after truck flips
CUMBERLAND -- A tractor-trailer carrying a highly toxic and potentially explosive chemical overturned in a rural area southeast of Cumberland last night.
Although officials said none of the chemical leaked, they evacuated nearby homes.
The truck contained magnesium silicide, according to Maryland State Police Trooper Jason Paolucci. The chemical can ignite if exposed to air and can explode if mixed with water.
The accident occurred about 8:25 p.m. on Route 51. The truck flipped onto its side, rupturing the truck's diesel fuel tanks and trapping the driver inside. Rescuers freed the driver, who was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Cumberland. His identity and condition weren't immediately known.
Police charge man in tattoo incident
OCEAN CITY -- A Hagerstown man has been charged with giving a 17-year-old girl a tattoo against her will.
James B. Martin, 25, was arrested after the girl told police Friday that he applied a tattoo of a scorpion to her shoulder when she became intoxicated at a party at the man's apartment Tuesday night.
Mr. Martin was being held on $15,000 bail on charges of maiming, assault, battery, reckless endangerment, false imprisonment and six counts of violating tattoo regulations, according to police spokesman Jay Hancock.
The girl, from Newark, Del., was visiting Ocean City with friends when Mr. Martin met her on the boardwalk and invited the group to a party in his apartment, police said.