Regional Digest


In Carroll County

Keymar woman killed, two injured in one-car accident

HARNEY -- An 18-year-old woman died early yesterday after the car in which she was riding ran off Harney Road in northwestern Carroll County and struck a utility pole, state police reported.

Jason William Strine, 20, of Taneytown was driving south yesterday on Harney north of Walnut Grove Road when he lost control of the 2002 Toyota Celica, which struck a pole and overturned, police said.

Megan Alexis Weller of Keymar, one of two passengers, was thrown from the vehicle and died at 7:21 a.m. at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Police said the driver was released after treatment at Carroll County General Hospital, where his other passenger, Daniel Douglas Taylor, 20, also of Taneytown, was taken. His condition was not available.

The accident remained under investigation.

In Anne Arundel

Vacant restaurant building destroyed in 2-alarm fire

ANNAPOLIS -- A two-alarm fire destroyed a vacant restaurant building early yesterday on the bank of the Severn River near the Naval Academy Bridge gateway to Annapolis, the Anne Arundel County Fire Department reported.

The blaze -- which consumed the single-story building off Baltimore and Annapolis Boulevard on the northern side of the bridge -- was reported by a passer-by shortly before 3 a.m., the Fire Department said.

The building housed a succession of restaurants, including the Severn Inn, but had been vacant for at least a decade, said Lt. Frank Fennell, a Fire Department spokesman.

No one was reported injured. The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

In Montgomery County

Church-run health clinic for uninsured faces closure

GAITHERSBURG -- A clinic for uninsured immigrants in Montgomery County will close, at least temporarily, because of financial problems.

As many as 900 patients will be affected by the closing of the Spanish Catholic Center, a nonprofit clinic providing low-cost health care to the uninsured in Gaithersburg and run by the Archdiocese of Washington.

Charles Short, an archdiocese official, said the clinic's closure would be temporary. He said it was forced by a decline in funding. Last year, the Spanish Catholic Center lost $100,000 in donations from the United Way alone, he said.

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