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Man's condition critical after freight train hits him, severs his legs

A Baltimore County man's legs were severed early yesterday when he was struck by a Conrail freight train in the 4900 block of E. Lombard St., city traffic police said.

Kevin Thomas, 19, of the 9800 block of Charbank Lane in Middle River apparently was trying to cross the track about 2: 45 a.m. when he was struck by the train, which severed his legs and dragged him more than 200 yards. Workers on another Conrail freight train spotted the blood and found Thomas lying on the track, police said.

Thomas was in critical condition yesterday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, said a nursing supervisor there.

Pregnant woman found fatally wounded on street

A pregnant woman who was found shot in the head on a Northwest Baltimore street late Saturday was identified by police as Candice Sharp, 18, a North Baltimore mother of two.

Responding to a call from residents of the 5600 block of Haddon Ave., who heard several gunshots about 10: 10 p.m., police found Sharp, of the 3300 block of Guilford Ave. in Waverly lying on a hill next to an apartment building. Police said an autopsy showed that Sharp, who had a 2-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy, was between 12 to 14 weeks pregnant.

Witnesses told police they saw two men run from the area and get into a small dark car and drive away after one of them argued with Sharp.

Woodbourne Center to hold bicycle safety ceremony

The Woodbourne Center, an educational and behavioral health facility for adolescents and families, will observe Bicycle Safety Day tomorrow at a 10: 30 a.m. ceremony at William H. Lemmel Middle School, 2801 N. Dukeland St.

The center manages Robert W. Coleman Elementary School and Lemmel, where representatives of Prudential HealthCare will donate 50 helmets to pupils at both schools who have had perfect attendance for the past three months.

Studies have proven that helmets can significantly reduce head injuries, the most serious of all bicycle injuries and the most common cause of deaths among bicyclists, according to the center. More than half of all bicyclists' deaths involve children ages 5 to 17.

In Baltimore County

County executive's aide will speak at meeting

TIMONIUM -- Greater Timonium Community Council will meet at 7: 30 p.m. Wednesday at Ridgely Middle School, in Room 103.

Paula Hauck, who handles constituent service issues for Baltimore County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger, will be the guest speaker.

Information: Kathleen Beadell at 410-453-0541.

Zoning commissioner to decide on parking lot

TOWSON -- County Zoning Commissioner Lawrence Schmidt is expected to render a decision this week on a proposal to rejuvenate a parking lot at Ravenwood Shopping Center.

The Loch Raven Business Association and other area community groups have opposed the effort by shopping center owners to repave the parking lot, add lighting and landscape the area. Those protesting the move say it could hamper existing businesses.

Schmidt's decision may be appealed.

School ethics committee plans meeting for Jan. 21

TOWSON -- The county school system's Ethics Review Panel will hold its next meeting at 6: 30 p.m. Jan. 21.

The meeting will be in Board Room A of the school system's administrative headquarters at Greenwood, 6901 Charles St.

Future meetings will be on the third Thursday of each month.

Pub Date: 1/11/99

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