Regional Digest


In Maryland

Cold has led to 4 deaths in state this season

ANNAPOLIS -- Cold weather has contributed to the deaths of at least four Marylanders this fall and winter season, state health officials said yesterday.

The most recent case in which hypothermia was a contributing factor was the death of a 70-year-old Baltimore man Saturday, according to a report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The other three deaths related to cold weather this season were a 34-year-old Baltimore County man who died Oct. 27, a 55-year-old Anne Arundel County man who died Dec. 3 and a 24-year-old Dorchester County man who died Dec. 4.

During the 2003-2004 winter season, hypothermia was a contributing factor in the deaths of 52 people in Maryland, according to the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. An average of almost 600 people die annually of hypothermia nationwide.

In Harford County

Man with handgun robs Royal Farms store

ABINGDON -- A convenience store on Philadelphia Road was held up early yesterday, county authorities said.

Edward Hopkins, Harford County Sheriff's Office spokesman, said a man entered the Royal Farms store in the 2600 block of Philadelphia Road about 2:15 a.m., displayed a handgun and demanded money, then fled. No one was injured.

The man was described as black, 5 feet 10 to 6 feet tall with a heavy build and wearing black sweat pants, tan boots, a white fleece pullover, brown gloves and a yellow motorcycle helmet.

Anyone with information is asked to call the criminal investigation division at 410-836-5442. Harford County Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $1,000.

In Wicomico County

SALISBURY - Mayor Barrie Tilghman has proclaimed the city of Salisbury a "Community of Peace."

About 10 cities have taken on the title, including Washington, said Gerry Eitner, president and founder of the nonprofit Communities of Peace Foundation. Part of the group's mission is to "spread the experience of peace in the community," she said.

Tilghman's proclamation earlier this month called upon "all citizens to continue the education programs which support these ideals and practical applications throughout our community."

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