City/County Digest

In Baltimore County

Ride to Remember for 9/11 victims runs around Beltway


ROSSVILLE -- More than 1,400 motorcycle riders rumbled around the Baltimore Beltway yesterday afternoon as part of the third Ride to Remember in honor of the passengers who died when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed Sept. 11, 2001.

The event, which was organized by the Harley-Davidson/Buell Store at 8845 Pulaski Highway in Rossville, raised about $34,000 toward the creation of a memorial near Somerset, Pa., for the "Heroes of Flight 93." Many believe the plane was forced to the ground after passengers resisted the hijackers who had taken it over. "These people gave their lives to save other people's lives," said Jim Foster, owner of the Harley Davidson/Buell Store.


The three events have raised a combined $140,000 for charity, Foster said.

Missing brothers' bodies found near Carroll Island

CARROLL ISLAND -- The bodies of two brothers whose boat was found beached in the Gunpowder River with the motor running Friday morning were recovered yesterday from the water near Carroll Island, authorities at Aberdeen Proving Ground reported.

The body of Robert L. Kline Sr., 44, of Red Lion, Pa., was found about 7:30 a.m. by a search team from APG's Marine and Wildlife Police, assisted by Maryland Department of Natural Resources police, a proving ground spokeswoman said. His brother, George Kline, about 50, of Windsor, Pa., was found dead about 4:30 p.m.

The bodies were taken to the state medical examiner's office for autopsies. Though there was no sign of foul play, the Army will conduct a criminal investigation because Carroll Island and nearby waters in Baltimore County are part of the proving ground, the spokeswoman said.

19-year-old woman dies when car hits tree

BRADSHAW -- A 19-year-old woman died Saturday afternoon when her car ran off Bradshaw Road and struck a tree, county police reported.

The victim, Heather Lynn Koppelman of the first block of Gerwell Court in Upper Falls, was driving a Dodge Neon south in the 7700 block of Bradshaw about 12:45 p.m. when she lost control of the vehicle on the wet road, slid sideways on the grassy shoulder and crashed into a tree, police said.


Koppelman died a short time later at Franklin Square Hospital Center. Police said the accident remains under investigation.

Mosquito spraying to begin in 2 Randallstown areas

RANDALLSTOWN -- The state Department of Agriculture is scheduled to begin a two-week mosquito-spraying in the communities of Oakwood Village and Liberty Manor tonight.

The spraying was prompted by the discovery of mosquitoes that tested positive for the West Nile virus. Spraying will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight twice a week for the next two weeks, weather permitting.

Residents are urged to remain indoors during spraying. Information: 301-927-8357 or 877-425- 6485.

League of Women Voters plans event on health care


TOWSON -- The Baltimore County League of Women Voters will hold a public meeting, "How Will You Pay for Health Care," at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at East Towson Carver Community Center, 300 Lennox Ave.

Speakers will be Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, Baltimore Health Commissioner Peter L. Beilenson and John Folkemer, executive director of planning and finance for the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. They will discuss federal, state and local agendas for health care.

Information: 410-377-8046.

In Baltimore City

Council expected to name city parks director today

The City Council is expected to make Kimberley Amprey Flowers city parks director at a meeting this evening.


Flowers has been interim director since July last year, when Mayor Martin O'Malley removed Director Marvin F. Billups Jr.

Flowers had been working as an analyst with the mayor's CitiStat program, performing analyses of park services. Last month, O'Malley recommended that Flowers be given the director's job on a permanent basis. The council must approve her nomination.

One man fatally shot, another hurt on east side

Two men were shot, one of them fatally, yesterday evening in an alley in Midway neighborhood in East Baltimore, city police said.

Shortly before 7 p.m., Eastern District officers investigating reported gunfire in the 2200 block of Homewood Ave. found the men lying in an alley -- one shot multiple times in the chest, the other once in an arm, police said. The victims, whose names were withheld pending notification of relatives, were taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where one man, 46, died shortly after arrival and the other man, 32, was being treated.

Police knew of no suspect or motive in the shooting and urged anyone with information to call 410-396-2100.