Man, 28, critically injured in fall at Rocks State Park

The Baltimore Sun

A 28-year-old man was critically injured yesterday when he plunged 40 to 50 feet from a ledge at Rocks State Park in Harford County.

The man, whose name was not released, was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with numerous injuries, authorities said.

He and family members were hiking to the King and Queen Seat, a 190-foot rock formation at the park. About 1:40 p.m., the man walked through a hole in the rock formation that climbers refer to as the window, which is about 60 feet from the ground. He tried to shimmy down to lower ledge and seemed to have lost his balance and fell, said Sgt. Ken Turner, spokesman for the Maryland Natural Resources police.

The man did not have a helmet or climbing gear, Turner said.

The man had been taking photographs, said Rich Gardiner, spokesman for Harford County's volunteer fire companies.

The incident was the third rescue at the King and Queen Seat this year, Gardiner said.

Madison Park

Baltimore

: M&T; Bank Stadium

African-American fest set to start today

The sixth African American Heritage Festival is to begin today in Baltimore on the lots of M&T; Bank Stadium.

The three-day event will include health screenings, as well as a celebration of African-American culture, history, art and education.

A variety of music will be performed from two stages, including reggae, soul, jazz and rhythm and blues and gospel.

Tonight, Fertile Ground will play at 7:45, and Musiq Souldchild will play at 9 p.m. Tomorrow, Anthony David will perform at 7:15 p.m., and Patti Labelle is scheduled for 8:45 p.m. On Sunday, Temptations Revue will be on stage at 6:40 p.m., and Charlie Wilson is set for 7:45 p.m.

Tomorrow, Mayor Sheila Dixon will lead a 1.5-mile tour through several neighborhoods noted for African-American history.

Registration for the walk is to begin at 7:45 a.m., and the tour is to start at 9 a.m. Admission to the festival is free, but organizers will ask for donations at the entrances. Information or registration for the walk: www.aahf.net, or 410-235-4427, Ext. 403.

Wyman Park Drive

Parks safety workshop set July 21

The Parks and People Foundation will hold a workshop on community and park safety from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 21 at the nonprofit foundation's headquarters, the Stieff Silver Building, 800 Wyman Park Drive, Suite 10. Registration is free and open to the public until July 18. Information or registration: e-mail organizers@parksandpeople.org.

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