Two MARC trains are canceled for rail work

The Baltimore Sun

The Maryland Transit Administration has canceled two MARC train runs on the Camden Line for four days a week between now and Aug. 30 so CSX can perform track work.

No. 844, the 8:05 a.m. departure from Washington, and No. 851, the 8:15 a.m. departure from Camden Station, will not run Mondays through Thursdays for the rest of the month.

The two runs will resume Friday, according to the MTA.

The MTA said it will not provide shuttle service to replace the trains.

The 8:15 a.m. train is the last departure of the morning for trains from Baltimore to Washington.

Riders who cannot catch the trains that depart at 7:20 a.m. or earlier can take the light rail from Camden Yards to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and transfer to the express B30 Metrobus to the Greenbelt Metro station.

The MTA said the work by CSX, the freight railroad that owns the Camden Line, is necessary to keep the tracks safe.


Kent County

: Millington

Uncle is charged in shooting incident

Maryland State Police have arrested and charged a 40-year-old Kent County man with the attempted murder of his nephew and another man.

Gregorio Perez-Neyra of Millington was arrested Friday night after police responded to a 911 call from Abelareo Perez, 20, of Still Pond in Kent County, according to police.

Perez and two other men, Jose Luis Mendez-Gomez, 48, of Crumpton in Queen Anne's County and Angel Perez-Mendoza, 21, of Still Pond, had confronted another man over a bad debt, according to police.

During the confrontation, which took place about 10 p.m. Friday in the 29000 block of River Road in Millington, Perez-Mendoza smashed the window of the man's car, police said.

The man went inside to retrieve a shotgun, which he fired at Perez-Mendoza, police said. A stray birdshot pellet struck Mendez-Gomez in the head. He was taken to Chester River Medical Center in Chestertown and was later released.

Perez-Nayra, who is Perez-Mendoza's uncle, was charged with two counts each of attempted murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

He was also charged with malicious destruction of property. He was being held at Kent County Detention Center on $50,000 bond.



: Courts

Sex offender indicted for failing to register

A 56-year-old Baltimore man was indicted by a federal grand jury last week on charges that he failed to register as a convicted sex offender, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Brian Lee Gould of Brooklyn was convicted in Washington on a sex offense, and he was released from custody in 2002, prosecutors said.

He moved to Maryland in August 2006 and, prosecutors said, "knowingly failed to register as a sex offender."

Gould could receive a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison if he is convicted.


Tenant injured in apartment fire

A two-alarm fire at a Northeast Baltimore apartment complex yesterday severely burned one tenant and displaced several families.

The fire, which erupted about 5 p.m. in a three-story building in the 1600 block of E. Belvedere Ave., sent flames shooting through the roof of several units. It took 65 firefighters an hour to get the blaze under control.

Chief Kevin Cartwright, a city Fire Department spokesman, told television news crews that one man suffered second- and third-degree burns over 40 percent of his body and was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was listed in serious condition. A firefighter suffered a minor injury.


Information center will open tomorrow

The back-to-school command center for the city schools is set to open at 8 a.m. tomorrow.

School officials say the center will be a "one-stop shop" for parents and children as they prepare for classes to resume Aug. 27.

Information will be available on registration, immunization, school assignments, transfers and transportation.

The center is located in Room 105 of the school system's North Avenue headquarters, and the center's phone number is 443-984-1177.

It will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays from Monday through Aug. 24, and from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 27 to Sept. 7.


Artwork sought for DPW calendar

Baltimore artists of all ages can enter a contest to have their work displayed in a Department of Public Works calendar by painting, drawing or photographing city scenes depicting trash collectors, building maintenance workers or people fishing in the reservoirs.

The deadline for the "Cleaner and Greener" Calendar Art Contest is 4:30 p.m. Aug. 31. The grand-prize winner will have his or her work on the cover of next year's calendar; other winners will be inside.

Awards will be given in age groups - 17 and under, 18 to 55, and 56 and older.

For more information, call 410-545-6189 or go to to obtain an electronic entry form.

Notre Dame

Institute offering English classes

Registration is open for day classes this fall at the English Language Institute at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

The eight-week session - available for full-time and part-time students - is set to run from Aug. 27 to Oct. 19.

Classes are planned from 9 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

The college is at 4701 N. Charles St. Information or registration: 410-532-5566, or

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