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10-year-old dies of wounds suffered in hit-and run

The Baltimore Sun

A 10-year-old West Baltimore girl died yesterday at Johns Hopkins Hospital of wounds she suffered a day earlier in a hit-and-run accident.

About 2:50 p.m. Thursday, Kianna Johnson of the 1500 block of W. Fairmount Ave. was struck by a green station wagon, possibly a Mercury Sable, as she crossed West Baltimore Street a block from her home, police said. The driver did not stop, and Johnson was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she died.

Baltimore police are asking anyone with information about a green station wagon driving in that area to call 410-396-2606.

Doug Donovan


: Westport

Man shot in chest on light rail train

A man was shot in the chest last night while on a light rail train at the Westport station in South Baltimore, police said.

The shooting occurred about 11 p.m. on a train at the stop in the 2000 block of Kloman St. in the Westport neighborhood. Service was interrupted for about 10 minutes before trains were cleared to run again, according to a Maryland Transit Administration official.

Police had no information last night on the condition of the victim or any suspects.

Doug Donovan


Smoking blamed for fatal blaze

The Baltimore Fire Department announced yesterday that smoking materials caused the May 22 rowhouse fire that killed eight people in one of the city's deadliest blazes.

Noting "the intense nature of this fire and the amount of destruction to the property," fire investigators working with federal and state law enforcement officials found that the "probable cause of the fire was related to smoking materials on the first floor," according to a statement released yesterday.

Fire Department spokesman Kevin Cartwright said he had no additional information about the smoking materials.

The morning fire at 1903 Cecil Ave. in East Baltimore spread quickly through the two-story rowhouse and killed eight people, including five children.

Doug Donovan

Postal Service

Ridenour named new postmaster

William Ridenour has been named the new Baltimore postmaster, responsible for mail delivery and service at the main post office on Fayette Street and at 30 other area branches.

U.S. Postal Service officials said Ridenour had previously served as postmaster in Alexandria, Va., and has held various management positions in Baltimore, Aberdeen, Pasadena and Catonsville.

Ridenour replaces C. Mike Harlow, who is now the Baltimore district manager.

Metro area

: Education

Remedial education classes to begin

The Remedial Education and Counseling Help Program is offering its 25th summer of individual and small-group tutoring beginning next week. The classes - which include remedial and enrichment reading skills, written language, study skills, math and SAT preparation - are available at centers in North Baltimore at 4200 St. Paul St.; in Northeast Baltimore at 7001 Harford Road; and in Catonsville at 200 Ingleside Ave. Information on the nonprofit REACH Program: 410-467-9247.

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