Regional Digest

In Kent County

Washington College picks Ohio academic as its 26th president


CHESTERTOWN- Washington College announced yesterday that an administrator and professor of religion from Ohio has been named its 26th president.

Baird Tipson, president of Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, will take over the 222-year-old Chestertown college in October. At Wittenberg, Tipson doubled the institution's endowment, created new academic programs and worked to integrate technology in the classroom, according to the college.


Tipson was chosen from 135 candidates to succeed John S. Toll, who has been Washington's president since 1995. Toll is a physicist and former chancellor of the University of Maryland.

In his time as president, Toll inaugurated the Washington Scholars Program, which is designed to recruit top high school students, and conducted a five-year capital campaign that raised $103.4 million for scholarships, capital improvements and other programs, according to the college.

In Baltimore County

Teen struck and killed by Amtrak train in Essex

ESSEX - A 19-year-old man was struck and killed by an Amtrak train yesterday as he apparently attempted to cross the tracks, police said.

Baltimore County and Amtrak police officials refused to release the victim's name. The incident occurred about 6:30 p.m. on tracks running behind the 1000 block of Middlesex Road. The victim was struck by a train with 187 passengers aboard traveling from Charlotte, N.C., to New York, an Amtrak spokeswoman said.

A Middlesex Road resident, Shirley V. Shouman, said a group of teen-agers were crying on the street when her son ran in and called police. She said the teens told her son that their friend was struck while crossing.

In Baltimore City


Ex-senator hospitalized after falling ill during show

Larry Young, radio host and former state senator, was at Maryland General Hospital yesterday after he became ill during his WOLB radio show Friday morning.

Few details were available last night about the nature of Young's illness. The 54-year-old West Baltimore native was preparing to go on the air Friday with several guests, including City Councilman Melvin L. Stukes and city schools Chief Executive Bonnie S. Copeland, to discuss the school's financial problems when his producer asked Stukes to step in.

"I think this caught everybody by surprise," Stukes said yesterday, adding that he and Young had worked on a show together earlier in the week and that Young was in "good spirits."

In Worcester County

Health officials investigate Legionnaires' disease link


OCEAN CITY - Several guests of an Ocean City hotel developed Legionnaires' disease within a week of their stays, leading to an investigation into a possible link with the beachfront resort, health officials said last night.

Four people who have stayed at the Princess Royale Hotel between October and this month developed the pneumonia-like illness. Current and former hotel guests have been alerted as health officials from Worcester County and the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene investigate.

Test results of the hotel's water Feb. 10 did not show the bacterium that causes the potentially fatal disease. More test results are due in a week.

"We don't have any definitive reason to say it was acquired at this hotel," said Debbie Goeller, Worcester County's health officer.