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Fire in Towson causes roof to cave in at dry cleaning shop

TOWSON -- An early-morning fire swept through a dry cleaners yesterday, causing $100,000 in damage, fire officials said.

No one was injured in the blaze at Cleaner Cleaners in the 7200 block of York Road, said Baltimore County Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Hubbard. The intense fire, which took 30 minutes to bring under control, caused the roof to cave in, he said.

Yesterday's blaze was the second fire in six days at the cluster of shops that housed the cleaners and a former Baskin-Robbins shop, Hubbard said. A fire Jan. 14 that damaged the Baskin-Robbins building was found to be arson, Hubbard said, but no one has been charged. Investigations of both fires are continuing, he said.

Ex-Sun editorial writer named aide to executive

TOWSON -- Elise Armacost, a former editorial writer for The Sun, has been appointed to the newly created $70,000-a-year post of communications officer for County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger.

Armacost, 37, of Glyndon will write speeches, handle press relations and help develop policy for Ruppersberger. She will begin work Feb. 2.

She spent four years reporting on local government in Anne Arundel and Harford counties before becoming an editorial writer in 1992. In 1996, she began writing editorials about Baltimore County as well as a weekly column.

Police officer among injured in two traffic accidents

TOWSON -- A county police officer was among those injured in two traffic accidents involving police patrol cars yesterday.

The first accident occurred about 3: 30 p.m. at Hammonds Ferry Road and Ridge Avenue, said police spokesman Bill Toohey. Officer Todd Weidel, responding to a radio call, was pulling around a car driven by Gail Coles, 34, of the 100 block of Oak Ave. in Pasadena when Coles turned left into the patrol car, police said. Coles was not hurt. Weidel was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was in fair condition yesterday.

The second accident occurred about 4: 30 p.m. at Liberty Road and Brenbrook Drive, police said, when a patrol car collided with another car. No identities were available last night, but police said at least three people required medical treatment.

In Baltimore City

Police charge teen-ager in wounding of officer

A man was charged last night with attempted murder in the shooting of a police officer in a West Baltimore alley, police said.

Police said Dominique D. Edwards, 19, of the 1000 block of Bennett Place was charged after his release from Mercy Medical Center. He was treated for a bullet wound in his left foot received in exchanges of gunfire with police officers Tuesday night in an alley near the 500 block of Schroeder St. and near the 500 block of N. Fremont Ave.

Police found a Tech 9 machine pistol in the alley. Sgt. Michael D. Caperoon suffered a graze wound in the neck and was treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center and released.

Woman collapses, dies at light rail station

A woman collapsed and died at the Central Light Rail station in Cherry Hill yesterday morning, prompting officials to suspend train service there for 2 1/2 hours as police investigated.

A cause of death had not been determined yesterday, but police and Mass Transit Administration officials said that no foul play is suspected. "There were no external injuries," said MTA spokesman Frank Fulton. "All we know is that she fell on the steps."

The woman's name was not available, but police said she appeared to be in her mid-30s.

The commuter rail service was suspended at Cherry Hill from 6 a.m. to 8: 30 a.m. and northbound and southbound passengers were put on buses to other stations.

Pub Date: 1/21/99

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