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Malfunction in truck blamed in Carroll fire

An electrical malfunction in the dashboard of a Dodge Durango pickup truck started a two-alarm fire that caused $500,000 in damage to a Union Mills-area home Monday evening, authorities said yesterday.

The truck was parked in an attached garage in the 3200 block of Murkle Road when the owner, Curtis Wasmer, smelled an odor when he opened the garage door about 5:30 p.m. When he opened the truck door, smoke poured out of the vehicle, said W. Faron Taylor, deputy state fire marshal.

Wasmer tried to put the fire out with a garden hose, but it spread quickly, Taylor said. No injuries were reported.

Ellie Baublitz


: Politics

Dixon gets a 3rd union endorsement

Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon picked up the endorsement of a leading union representing public service, early-education and building-services employees yesterday - the third union endorsement this month for the incumbent candidate.

The MD/DC State Council of SEIU has 30,000 members and about 2,400 building-services and early-education workers in Baltimore, union officials said. The endorsement comes three weeks after Dixon received the support of the SEIU United Healthcare Workers East.

"I am truly grateful," Dixon said yesterday.

John Fritze

Anne Arundel

: Pasadena

Sports store raided; merchandise seized

Anne Arundel County officers raided a Pasadena sports memorabilia store and seized $20,000 worth of merchandise as part of an effort to crack down on counterfeit sports gear, police said yesterday.

Detectives and a private investigator trained to spot NFL and other trademark infringements confiscated 130 jerseys June 20 from Charm City Sports in the 2400 block of Mountain Road.

The bulk of the items taken from the store, which specializes in autographed collectibles, were Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Ravens jerseys signed by players. At issue is the authenticity of the jerseys and logos, not the authenticity of the autographs, according to the store's owners, who have not been charged with a crime.

Nia-Malika Henderson

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