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Regional Digest


In Howard County

Man, 49, found fatally shot at Columbia condominium

COLUMBIA - A 49-year-old man was shot and killed last night in an Oakland Mills condominium complex.

County police said officers got a call at 7:30 p.m. for a shooting in the 9600 block of Whiteacre Road. Officers said they found the man's body on the floor of a stairwell inside Shadow Oak Condominium complex.

As of last night, police had not made any arrests in the shooting, said Pfc. Diana Peters, a police spokeswoman. She said police had identified the man, but were not releasing his name until his family had been notified. No further details of the shooting were released.

"This is the first violent incident that we've had since I've been here," said Maria Thomas, 35, who has lived in the complex for four years. "Part of the reason that I chose to live here is, it's a very safe neighborhood."

In Maryland

Federal grants awarded to quell domestic violence

ANNAPOLIS - Programs to reduce domestic violence in Maryland will receive $3.45 million in federal grants, the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention announced yesterday.

The agency said it will distribute the money statewide to agencies and local groups that work to combat family violence and sexual assault.

The U.S. attorney's office in Baltimore has been investigating the state agency's distribution of grants. GOCCP officials have denied any impropriety.

In Carroll County

Bank robbers' bomb threat closes Route 140 for 2 hours

WESTMINSTER - Two men robbed a Westminster bank and left what they claimed was a bomb inside the building, causing authorities to close Route 140 and nearby roads for more than two hours yesterday morning, Maryland State Police said.

The Farmers & Mechanics Bank on Route 140 was robbed at gunpoint of an undetermined amount of cash shortly before 10:30 a.m., authorities said. The state fire marshal's bomb squad determined that the device left by the robbers was not a bomb.

One robber was described as a white man, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing about 280 pounds and between 35 and 38 years old. He had a cane and was wearing a white shirt, khaki pants, brown shoes, wraparound sunglasses and a hat reading "God Bless America." The other was a white man, 5 feet 8 inches tall, about 160 pounds and in his 20s. He was wearing a trench coat, white shirt and khaki pants. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 410-386-3000.

In Baltimore City

Rain causes water officials to draw more from river

Water levels are rising again in the Susquehanna River, so Baltimore's water managers yesterday more than doubled the amount of river water they're drawing to supplement drought-depleted city reservoirs.

"We will probably be up to the maximum of 140 million gallons a day by the end of the day," city public works spokesman Kurt Kocher said yesterday.

September rainfall at BWI Airport remains below normal. The reservoirs are still at 42 percent of capacity, with a 123-day supply. Prettyboy Reservoir stood yesterday at just 16 percent of capacity.

Cleanup effort targets shores of Middle Branch

Volunteers are invited to help the city's Department of Public Works clean trash from the shores of the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At least 500 people are expected to meet this morning at the Baltimore Rowing Club at 3301 Waterview Ave.

The city will provide bags, gloves, rakes, shovels and garbage bins.

Streetcar Museum to hold antiques flea market today

The Baltimore Streetcar Museum will hold an antique transit flea market today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its 1901 Falls Road home near Pennsylvania Station. Approximately 12 dealers will be selling, buying and swapping transit memorabilia.

Admission to the event is free, but all-day streetcar rides cost $6. Information: 410-547-0264.

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