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In Maryland

Light rail to close for work south of Camden Yards

Beginning today, the state will shut down the light rail line south of Camden Yards for construction work, severing the city's rail link with Baltimore-Washington International Airport and forcing some Orioles and Ravens fans to find different routes to the stadiums.

The shutdown will allow the Maryland Transit Administration to add a second track to portions of the line that have a single track.

In Anne Arundel

Man is denied bail in Annapolis killing

Terrence Tolbert, one of two Annapolis men accused of killing a man in the city's historic district in 2002, was denied bail yesterday.

Prosecutors say Tolbert, 21, and another man shot Straughan Lee Griffin in front of his home near the State House on Sept. 19, 2002, then ran over him while escaping.

Tolbert was jailed this month after the Court of Appeals reinstated his alleged confession and returned the case for trial. No trial date has been set.

In Baltimore City

Baltimore man charged in cocaine conspiracy

A 41-year old Baltimore man was arrested yesterday and charged with conspiracy to import a large quantity of cocaine from the Republic of Guyana, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas M. DiBagio.

Emanuel Ryan is accused of being the middleman in a transaction involving 155 kilograms of cocaine that arrived by freighter in Savannah, Ga., on Feb. 24. The drugs were hidden in a container of building materials trucked from there to Baltimore, under surveillance by agents of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

If found guilty, he could be sentenced to life in prison and be fined $4 million.

In Baltimore County

Man charged with arson in his house's destruction

RANDALLSTOWN - William E. Tinkler has been charged in a warrant with first-degree arson in the fire that destroyed the house he grew up in and was about to be evicted from for not paying back taxes, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

Tinkler, 62, is charged with setting the fire on his property in the 10400 block of Lyons Mill Road Wednesday morning. He was scheduled to be evicted that day. Two outbuildings were also destroyed, police said, and investigators later found some of Tinkler's belongings hidden in a wooded area near the house.

The suspect is described as white, 6 feet tall and 185 pounds, with gray hair. Anyone with information about Tinkler is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

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