In Baltimore County

Shots from one car to another leave 2 people wounded

ROSEDALE - Two people were wounded late last night as shots were fired from a car into another vehicle on the Baltimore Beltway, police reported.

A motive was unknown, and names of the victims - a man and woman - were not available. The two were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, and county and state police were seeking the other vehicle.

Police said the vehicles were parallel on the Beltway's Inner Loop near Philadelphia Road about 10:45 p.m. when the shots were fired.

Police said the driver of the targeted vehicle drove to a Royal Farms store at U.S. 40 and Chesaco Avenue to get help.

Author to discuss book at Cockeysville library

COCKEYSVILLE - Molly Ness, a graduate of Bryn Mawr School and the Teach for America program, will discuss her book Lesson to Learn: Voices from the Front Lines of Teaching for America at 7 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Cockeysville branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, 9833 Greenside Drive.

Information: 410-887-7750.

Meetings set for adults who want to earn diploma

ESSEX - The Community College of Baltimore County will hold information sessions for adults who would like to earn a high school diploma without going back to the classroom. Sessions are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays in January at the Essex campus.

Sessions are also scheduled at the Catonsville campus at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 10 and at the Essex campus at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13.

Registration is required.

Information: 410-918-4284.

In Baltimore City

A foot-wide sinkhole closes lane on Fayette St.

A foot-wide sinkhole prompted the city to close one traffic lane on a key downtown street yesterday as public works crews examine the opening and look for a cause. The problem site is on West Fayette Street, between Liberty Street and Park Avenue.

The Department of Public Works planned to lower a video camera into the sinkhole to determine the cause, but suspected a small break in a sewer line was to blame.

About a 20-foot portion of the road is expected to stay closed today while crews work on the sinkhole. "I don't think this is going to cause any major traffic disruption," said department spokesman Kurt L. Kocher. "It's about the size of a basketball; I've seen potholes worse than this."

Two people injured in rowhouse fire

Two people were hospitalized after their East Baltimore rowhouse caught fire early yesterday, fire officials said.

Firefighters were called to the 2900 of E. Federal St. about 12:50 a.m., said Kevin Cartwright of the Fire Department. The blaze was brought under control eight minutes after crews arrived.

A 67-year-old man was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center with first- and second-degree burns to more than 30 percent of his body, Cartwright said. A female was taken to Bayview with burns that appeared more serious. Names of the injured were not released. The fire was under investigation.

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