Southbound I-795 in Owings Mills shut because...


Southbound I-795 in Owings Mills shut because of loose sign.

OWINGS MILLS -- State police closed southbound Interstate 795 for more than two hours during the evening rush hour yesterday after discovering a loose overhead sign above the four lanes.

The road was closed about 5: 15 p.m. after a trooper discovered the loose sign near the McDonogh Road exit during an earlier traffic accident, said Sgt. Robert Lipsky, a supervisor at the Golden Ring barrack. Traffic was diverted to Owings Mills Boulevard and then to Interstate 695.

The State Highway Administration repaired the sign and the road was reopened about 7: 30 p.m. Lipsky said.

Oella celebration to mark Banneker's 268th birthday

OELLA -- A celebration Saturday will honor the 268th birthday of African-American scientist and Colonial-era resident Benjamin Banneker.

The event will run from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the museum on the grounds of the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park, 300 Oella Ave. Activities for children and adults will include story telling, magic tricks and a multimedia presentation.

The park and museum are on the former homestead of Banneker, who is often referred to as "America's first black man of science." Information: 410-887-1081.

Foundation to give police cardiac emergency devices

TOWSON -- The Save-A-Heart Foundation will give the Baltimore County Police Department 12 devices tomorrow that police can use on cardiac arrest victims.

Known as automatic external defibrillators, the devices can be used by non-medical personnel, according to the Police Department. They will be used in rural parts of the county where officers may arrive at the scene of a cardiac emergency before an ambulance.

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Mayor's development record to be analyzed by architects

The 12 years of development and urban renewal policies of Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke will be analyzed during a noon forum today sponsored by the Baltimore Architecture Foundation at the Johns Hopkins University's Downtown Center, Charles and Saratoga streets.

With a new mayor to take office next month, the foundation's board members plan to compare Schmoke's urban development efforts with those of previous administrations. The meeting is free and open to the public.

City police recognized for fighting music piracy

The Recording Industry Association of America will honor the Police Department at 10 a.m. today for its efforts in fighting record piracy.

Chief of the Criminal Investigations Bureau Col. John E. Gavrilis, detectives of the Property Crimes Division and officers of the Central District Major Crimes Unit will accept golden records for investigations conducted with the association during the past two years. The investigations led to confiscation of more than $1 million worth of bootleg compact discs, audiotapes and albums, and the electronic devices used to make them.

In the United States, bootleggers cost the music industry about $300 million a year, said Frank D. Waters, the association president, who was to present the awards.

Second man in a week fatally shot in Latrobe Homes

A man was fatally shot Monday night in the 900 block of McAleer Court in the Latrobe Homes public housing complex near where another man was killed last week, police said yesterday. It was not known whether the incidents were related.

Donnell M. Tucker Jr., 22, was shot about 8: 40 p.m., about a block from his home in the 900 block of Wilmot Court, said Detective Michael Hammel. Tucker died about 20 minutes later at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Mota Hinton, 18, of the 200 block of E. North Ave. was shot at 2: 35 a.m. Oct. 27 about 40 yards from where Tucker was shot, Hammel said. Hinton died a short time later at Hopkins.

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