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Parkville woman dies in crash on wet highway ramp

A Parkville woman was killed yesterday when the car she was driving on a ramp on eastbound Interstate 695 near Rosedale crashed into a disabled truck, state police said.

Carmela Linda Button, 54, of the 9200 block of Harford View Drive was driving a 1990 Saab down the ramp leading to Interstate 95 about 12:20 p.m., police said. They said Button swerved but could not avoid a 1995 Ford truck that had become disabled after striking a guardrail on the rain-slicked road. She died at the scene.

Michael F. Donaldson, 39, of Essex, the truck driver, was not injured, police said. They said Button's failure to reduce speed on the wet surface contributed to the accident.

City man charged with burglary, truck theft

TOWSON - A Baltimore man has been charged with stealing a truck and breaking into a Towson home and stealing money from an elderly man, county police said yesterday.

Police charged Danny Michael Freeman, of the 2400 block of Lakeview Ave. with two counts of first-degree burglary, armed robbery and grand theft. Freeman, who gave his age as 38 and 39, was being held on $200,000 bail at the Baltimore City Central Booking and Intake Facility.

On July 19, several items, including the keys to a 1998 Chevy Tahoe, were stolen from a home in the 400 block of Regester Ave., police said. When Baltimore police arrested Freeman on Friday on unrelated charges, they found the keys to the stolen truck and other evidence linking him to the burglary. While interviewing him, they linked him to the home invasion.

Renovation project finished on Winters Lane

CATONSVILLE - Contractors have put the finishing touches on renovations to Winters Lane.

The $1.5 million project included construction of sidewalks and gutters. The project was part of the county's multiyear, multimillion-dollar effort to revitalize its older suburbs.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for yesterday to mark completion of the work was canceled because of rain.

St. Joseph hospital to offer workshop on body image

TOWSON - The Center for Eating Disorders at St. Joseph Medical Center is offering a 10-week program for people who want to improve their body image.

The workshop, Body Awakening, will be led by Victoria Norman and Kathryn Yarborough, dance/movement therapists with 22 years experience in leading movement, educational and therapy groups.

The program will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Sept. 12. Cost is $250 before Aug. 25 and $275 after that date. Information: 410-337-4570.

Chesapeake Concert Band to give outdoor show

TOWSON - Pickersgill Retirement Community, 615 Chestnut Ave., will sponsor an outdoor concert with the Chesapeake Concert Band at 7:15 p.m. Aug. 9.

Concert-goers are invited to bring a picnic and blanket and lawn chairs. Pickersgill will provide dessert. The event is free and open to the public.

In Baltimore City

Teachers group to hear testimony in vote dispute

The American Federation of Teachers will hear testimony today in a dispute over the election of Baltimore Teachers Union President Sharon Blake, who ousted the incumbent by two votes in May.

A two-member committee of AFT vice presidents from Connecticut and Philadelphia is heading an investigation into complaints that some BTU members were prevented from voting and others were improperly allowed to vote. Blake defeated Marietta A. English and three others to win the top job at the 7,000-member union.

The AFT committee, which is meeting at 9 a.m. at the Pikesville Hilton, is expected to make a recommendation in the next few weeks on whether to hold a new election.

Police seek teen-ager in slaying on Bowland Ave.

A teen-ager has been charged in a warrant with first-degree murder in the death of a man who was shot a block from his Northeast Baltimore home Saturday, police said yesterday.

Donte Patterson, 28, of the 4800 block of Aberdeen Ave., was in the 4800 block of Bowland Ave. about 11:50 p.m. when a gunman got out of a van, briefly chased him and shot him several times, said Sgt. Scott Rowe, a police spokesman. Patterson died at 6:48 a.m. Sunday at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Rowe said.

Rowe said Davon Antonio Gordon, 17, of the 1300 block of Silver Thorne Road, also in Northeast Baltimore, was charged in a warrant with first-degree murder in the killing and was being sought.

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