Justice center dedicated in Harford Co.

Harford County officially dedicated yesterday what it calls Maryland's first Family Justice Center, housing child-abuse and domestic-violence units, prosecutors, investigators, counselors and police officers.


The center, on Bel Air's Main Street, will provide victims with a safe, comfortable and private environment with direct access to services including shelter and legal representation. The center was funded initially through a $168,000 state grant.

Maryland first lady Kendel Ehrlich said yesterday, "I would like to see this center become the model for others across the state."


Mary Gail Hare

Towson: Politics

Simms to receive Smith endorsement

Attorney general candidate Stuart O. Simms is scheduled to receive an endorsement today on the old courthouse lawn in Towson from Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr., the executive announced. Simms is scheduled to attend the rally. Simms is opposed in the Democratic primary by Montgomery County state's attorney Douglas F. Gansler and Montgomery County Councilman Thomas E. Perez. Frederick County state's attorney Scott L. Rolle is the Republican candidate.

Carroll County: Westminster

Manchester woman dies in car accident

A 20-year-old Manchester woman died in a car accident yesterday afternoon when her 1994 Jeep Cherokee hit a guardrail and overturned north of Westminster, Maryland State Police said. Tara Ann Fisher of the 2200 block of Penn View Drive was driving west at a high rate of speed on Bachman Valley Road near Bear Branch Run Creek about 1 p.m. when she lost control of the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.



Accident on Route 32 sends 5 to hospitals

A five-vehicle accident involving a Butler Medical Transport ambulance and a Carroll County government dump truck on Route 32 outside Sykesville sent three medics to Maryland Shock Trauma and two other people to hospitals yesterday morning, while snarling traffic, authorities said. The accident occurred shortly before 9 a.m. south of Springfield Avenue when the northbound ambulance crossed the center line and sideswiped a southbound 1990 Honda Civic, then hit the dump truck and a sport utility vehicle before overturning, police said. Another SUV then hit the back of the ambulance. Route 32 was shut down at the scene until 1 p.m. Charges are pending, police said.

Baltimore: Traffic

Routes changing for Ravens game

Baltimore transportation officials are modifying some routes for tonight's 8 o'clock preseason NFL football game between the Ravens and New York Giants. From 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., two lanes of northbound Russell Street will be open. Only one lane has typically been open because of construction. Beginning at 8 p.m., two southbound lanes will be open on Russell from Hamburg Street to the Westport exit to accommodate traffic at the end of the game. Also, the ramp from Interstate 95 to northbound Russell Street will be closed during the game and traffic diverted to Interstate 395. City officials warned that parking restrictions in neighborhoods around the stadium will be strictly enforced.