Girl, 3, hospitalized after car hits house, A 3-year-old girl was flown to the pediatric unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital after the car in which she was riding crashed into a house in Woodlawn yesterday afternoon, Baltimore County fire officials said.

The car smashed into the front porch of a home on Windsor Mill Road, near its intersection with Featherbed Lane, about 2:30 p.m.


The girl, who was sitting in the back seat of the car, was flown to the hospital with injuries that appeared to be serious, said Elise Armacost, a county Fire Department spokeswoman.

The woman driving the car was not injured, Armacost said.


Patricia Barnhard said that she was napping on the sofa in her living room when the force of the impact knocked her to the floor. She rushed to the front door to find the car jammed against her porch, she said.

The woman driving the car seemed to be unconscious, and when she awoke she said she could not remember what caused the accident, Barnhard said. The girl was able to speak, but cried every time paramedics touched her right side, Barnhard said.

Authorities did not identify the girl or the driver.

Tire ruts indicated that the car had been driven across the right side of the front yard, narrowly missing a small tree, before hitting the porch. The car smashed a concrete planter and cracked parts of the steps. Shards of a mirror and plastic car parts were scattered among leaves in the yard.

Barnhard said that in the 11 years that she has lived in the house, there have been at least two dozen accidents on her property. A large patch of bark is damaged on a locust tree in her front yard, a scar, she said, from another recent crash.

Julie Scharper


Ceremony to recognize veterans


Baltimore County veterans will be recognized at a ceremony at 11 a.m. today at the National Guard Armory in Towson.

The celebration for Veterans Day will include the presentation of colors by the Overlea High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC and performances by the Carver Center for the Arts choir. Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. will recognize Baltimore County employees who have served the country since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

County veterans -- including those working in Baltimore County government and all American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War post members -- and the public are invited. Members of the County's Veterans Support Workgroup will be present with materials and advice.

The armory is at 307 Washington Ave.

Information: 410-887-2470.

The Druid Ridge Cemetery, 7900 Park Heights Avenue, will hold its tribute to veterans at 2 p.m. Sunday.


All community members who wish to participate are to call 410-486-5300.


Dog park to be dedicated

Baltimore County's first public off-leash dog park is to be dedicated tomorrow.

Baltimore Animal Recreation Center Park -- BARC -- at Hannah More includes two fenced areas, a 1.5-acre portion for large and active dogs and a 0.75-acre area for small or elderly dogs. It also features dog water fountains.

Elected officials are to attend the 11 a.m. ceremony.


All dogs must be immunized and licensed to use the facility. And park membership, with an annual family fee of $25, is required.

The Reisterstown Recreation Council manages the park at 12035 Reisterstown Road.


Program to feature police precinct

Operations of the Baltimore County Police Parkville precinct will be featured on the latest edition of Police Report, the department's cable television program.

Guests on the show, which will be broadcast through Dec. 7, include Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr., Parkville precinct Capt. Jonathan Trentzsch and Lt. Wayne Sindall, assistant commander of the station.


The show is aired on Comcast Channel 25 at 8:30 p.m. Mondays, 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. The program can also be viewed online at

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