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Driver who fled fatal accident on I-83 surrenders to police

ESSEX -- The driver of a pickup truck who fled from the scene of a fatal traffic accident Sunday on Interstate 83 surrendered yesterday to state police at Golden Ring Barracks.

Police said the driver was going the wrong way on northbound I-83 near the Belfast Road ramp when his Dodge truck struck a 1993 Ford minivan and killed Richard J. Bell Jr., 31, of New Freedom, Pa., a passenger, and injured Bell's wife, Charlene, 34. Mrs. Bell was driving. The truck's driver fled the scene on foot, police said.

Calvin Ming Eng, 46, of the 1500 block of Freeland Road, Freeland, surrendered about 3: 30 p.m., police said, and was later charged with vehicular manslaughter. Eng was being held on $100,000 bail, police said.

5 windows damaged at historic black church

COCKEYSVILLE -- Five stained-glass windows at a historic black church were broken during the weekend, according to church officials.

Police received a call Sunday from church officials at Bazil African Methodist Episcopal Church in the 300 block of Sherwood Road in Cockeysville, saying the windows were damaged by a rock-throwing vandal between 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday.

The church is 125 years old. Police estimated damage at $1,600.

Tree lighting ceremony, visit by Santa at village center

CATONSVILLE -- Santa Claus will visit Saturday for the sixth annual tree lighting ceremony at Frederick Road and Egges Lane.

The festivities in the renovated village center will begin at 6: 30 p.m. and include caroling by Morningstar Baptist Church Choir and free refreshments. Santa will arrive on a fire engine at 7 p.m. and each child visiting Santa will receive a goody bag from area merchants.

Most of the town's street improvements are complete with new sidewalks, benches, light posts and street repaving.

Man charged with homicide in shooting of another man

TOWSON -- County police have arrested a county man and charged him in the fatal shooting of a 41-year-old twice in the neck.

Anthony Asberry, 38, of the 500 block of Walker Ave. near the city line was arrested Saturday and charged with first-degree murder and a handgun violation in the shooting of Kirk Edwards of the 600 block of Walker Ave.

Police found Edwards dead in a truck outside his home Thursday. Police said the men knew each other. They had not determined a motive for the shooting.

In Baltimore City

Baltimore Marching Ravens to play in Philadelphia

The Baltimore Marching Ravens have been selected from 100 bands nationwide to play in the 80th Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, which will be broadcast around the country beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday.

Held in the heart of Philadelphia, a number of Baltimore-area television stations, including Baltimore City Cable, TCI Communications and Channel 21, plan to broadcast the parade live to the region. The event also will be carried by WPVI-TV, Channel 6 and ABC.

The band is one of 11 musical groups performing in the parade.

Goodwill Industries to hold career fair and dinner

Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake will hold its 44th annual Thanksgiving Dinner and Career Fair tomorrow at the Baltimore Convention Center for nearly 3,000 people.

The event provides assistance with writing resumes, interviewing skills and finding a job. Job fair representatives and 20 social services agencies will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner will be served from noon to 3 p.m.

Social service agencies throughout Baltimore are distributing tickets to the event. Information: 410-247-3500.

Children can get free coats from city Fire Department

Children ages 18 and younger can receive free coats from the Baltimore Fire Department as part of the Coats for Kids program that aims to keep needy children warm through winter.

About 20,000 coats have been collected for the program, which began yesterday, and also is sponsored by radio station WBAL, the Air National Guard and local dry-cleaning establishments.

Children requesting coats must be accompanied by an adult. Information: 410-396-5616.

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