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Police identify man struck, killed by train

Baltimore County police have identified the 21-year-old Harford County man who was struck and killed by a CSX train as it traveled through the White Marsh area early this week, authorities said yesterday.

Shortly before 2 p.m. Monday, Joshua Joseph West of Edgewood was lying on the railroad tracks near Allender Road, west of Gunpowder State Park, as a train approached, county police said. When the train's conductor blew a horn, West attempted to move from the tracks, but was struck by the train, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

The incident is under investigation by CSX and county police, authorities said.

Nick Shields


Wise Avenue Bridge reopens today

The Wise Avenue Bridge in Dundalk is scheduled to reopen to local traffic today.

The span has been closed since August 2006 for repairs. It may have to be closed again for several days later this month or in May to complete the renovation, county officials said.

Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. will hold a "Taste of Wise Avenue" event celebrating the re-opening of the bridge at 11 a.m. April 23 on the parking lot of the Sea Horse Inn, 710 Wise Ave. Other local restaurants, including Tony's Pizza and Filippo's, will also offer tastings, officials said.

Road closure

SHA to cut trees on Route 133

The State Highway Administration will close a quarter-mile stretch of Old Court Road in Baltimore County tomorrow and Friday to cut down two large trees, officials said.

The road, also known as state Route 133, will be closed from a point west of Park School Drive to Glencliffe Circle between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Detours will be posted. The agency said motorists who are going to the Park School or Risteau condominium should use Falls Road to get to Old Court.

Charlie Gischlar, an agency spokesman, said the two trees were leaning "perilously close" to the roadway. He said that after inspectors found signs of rot at the base, the highway administration decided to remove the trees rather than risk having them topple in a storm.

For information about the road closure, call the SHA at 410-321-2800 or 800-962-3077.


County to sell compost bins

Baltimore County will sell compost bins from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Carver Center for Arts & Technology parking lot, 938 York Road in Towson.

Compost bins are used to collect grass, leaves and trimmings to allow the materials to decompose into hummus. The bins, valued at $80, will be sold for $33.33 plus tax. Cash and checks will be accepted.

Information: 410-887-2000 or www.baltimorecountymd.gov/recycling.


Weather spotters needed

The Baltimore County Office of Emergency Management is recruiting volunteers to help spot severe weather.

The volunteers would be part of SKYWARN, a national network of amateur severe weather spotters, trained by the National Weather Service to spot severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail and flooding, snowfall and ice accumulation.

Along with the National Weather Service, the Office of Emergency Management will sponsor a SKYWARN and Spotter Class at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the Baltimore County Public Safety Building, 700 E. Joppa Road, Towson. The class, which will be held in the sixth floor conference room, is free.

The National Weather Service's Baltimore-Washington Forecast Office has recruited and trained spotters since 1990. Currently, there are about 2,000 volunteers in the Delmarva region.

To register, call the Office of Emergency Management at 410-887-5996.

Two-thirds of the volunteers are licensed amateur radio operators who provide the National Weather Service with communications support during power outages.


CCBC trustees to meet

The Board of Trustees for the Community College of Baltimore County will meet in public session at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at the CCBC Dundalk campus, 7200 Sollers Point Road.

The meeting will be held in the G Building (Center for Business and Industry), Room 100. The agenda will be posted outside the room one hour before the session.

Those who wish to address the board can do so during a designated period by registering their names on a sign-in sheet. Comments are limited to two minutes.

For information, call 410-918-4017.

Goucher College

Forum focuses on world poverty

Gillian Sorenson, senior adviser for the United Nations Foundation and a former UN assistant secretary-general, will speak about the path to global poverty reduction at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Goucher College.

Sorenson and other panelists will focus on the UN's Millennium Development Goal Eight: Promoting International Partnerships to Combat Poverty. Public discussion will follow the presentations, which are free and open to the public.

The forum will be held at Merrick Hall, Dorsey Center at Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson.

Events or news items for the Baltimore County Digest may be submitted to baltco.news@baltsun.com. Information should be sent at least 10 days in advance of the event.

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