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City firefighter being treated for Legionnaires' disease

A Baltimore firefighter has contracted Legionnaires' disease, a rare form of pneumonia that is spread through contact with water droplets, sometimes through an air-conditioning system.

Stan Williams, the firefighter, probably contracted the disease earlier this month but his condition was diagnosed by doctors just last week. He is listed in serious condition at an unspecified hospital in Harford County, said Battalion Chief Hector Torres, Fire Department spokesman.

Williams, who worked with a crew of eight firefighters at Truck 26 at Mannasota Avenue and Brehms Lane, was off duty when he contracted the disease, said Torres, who added that public health officials have been notified of the incident and that no other firefighters have become ill.

East Baltimore man shot in the head dies next day

A 21-year-old East Baltimore man who was shot in the head Saturday night died the next day, police said.

Timothy Jackson of the 1800 block of N. Chester St. was shot about 11:50 p.m. in the 2300 block of E. Fayette St. and died about 8:15 a.m. Sunday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police knew of no motive or suspects.

Four people invade home, beat, rob 84-year-old man

An 84-year-old West Baltimore man was in critical but stable condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after he was beaten during a home invasion Sunday evening, police said.

Police said three men and a woman forced their way into Ernest McGray's home in the 2100 block of Windsor Ave. in the Mondawmin section about 6:45 p.m., beat him and ransacked the home.

Police said they have no suspects.

Orioles Wives help rebuild home for a needy family

The Orioles Wives will celebrate the completed renovation of a formerly vacant house at 700 E. 30th St. for a needy family at 4:30 p.m. today.

The group provided $45,000 for renovation with proceeds from a golf tournament and sales of a cookbook they compiled. They also worked on the house along with volunteers from Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity and the homeowner.

Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity has rehabilitated 48 homes in Northeast Baltimore and has seven more under construction.

Authorities identify man fatally shot early Saturday

Branch Brown, 24, of the 4100 block of Hyden Court in Brooklyn has been identified by police as the man who was shot in the head about 12:30 a.m. Saturday in the 900 block of Stoll St. in southern Baltimore and died at the scene.

Police knew of no motive or suspects.

In Baltimore County

Police seek help identifying rape suspects

REISTERSTOWN - County police are seeking the public's help in identifying two men suspected in the rape of a 14-year-old girl July 11.

Police said the girl was walking along a wooded path behind the 12000 block of Reisterstown Road about 8 p.m. when the two men attacked her. The girl was able to walk to a nearby park and get help.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 410-887-2198.

Police Department holds camp for west-side kids

LANSDOWNE - The Baltimore County Police Department is holding a Summer Public Safety Camp this week for west-side youngsters.

Officers from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program will teach the 40 children, ages 10 through 12, about the dangers of drug use and gangs. Campers also will meet with other members of the department, visit a volunteer firehouse and meet with counselors from the Help Increase the Peace Program.

Campers will meet every day at St. Clement's Church, 139 First Ave. At the end of the week, youngsters will graduate and celebrate at a barbecue with their families.

Fire Museum to sponsor community night Friday

LUTHERVILLE - The Fire Museum of Maryland will be the host of a community night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.

Visitors will be able to view a display of more than 30 modern fire engines, along with the museum's collection of 40 trucks. Food will be available.

Admission will be discounted to $3 per person for those 4 years old and older. The nonprofit museum at 1301 York Road is open Tuesday through Saturday from June through August and Saturdays during September, October and November. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: 410-321-7500.

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