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Police investigate death of pedestrian in Bel Air

State police continue to investigate a fatal pedestrian accident that occurred Saturday night in Bel Air. About 11 p.m., Feng Zhu Yang, 24, of New York City was crossing Route 924 north of Bel Air South Parkway when she was struck by a green Mercury Mountaineer sport utility vehicle driven by Latia Shawniece Baker, whose age and address were not available. Police said Yang sustained severe head injuries and was taken by a county ambulance to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Fallston, where she was pronounced dead less than an hour later. Police said the Harford County state's attorney's office is reviewing the accident.

Richard Irwin

Man, 79, charged with negligence in deadly crash

A 79-year-old man has been charged in connection with a July crash that left a 19-year-old motorcyclist dead, Howard County police said. Robert N. Mecklenburg of Upwoods Lane in Columbia has been charged with failure to yield the right of way, which carries a fine up to $1,000, and negligent driving, which carries a fine up to $500, police said. According to police, Mecklenburg was driving a sport utility vehicle north on U.S. 29 when he made a left turn into the path of a motorcycle driven by Andrew P. Noel of Stonehouse Drive. Noel was pronounced dead at the scene.

Julie Scharper

Police arrest two kidnapping suspects

RALEIGH, N.C.: Two men who police say kidnapped a Maryland bank manager and her children and forced her to take money from her bank before releasing her have been arrested in North Carolina. Joseph Franklin Brown, 35, and William Cordell Johnson, 37, were arrested in Raleigh early Saturday after investigators received a tip that they might be in the area. Authorities say two men in camouflage and ski masks forced the woman and her children, ages 5 and 1, from their home to a PNC Bank in California, Md., on Sept. 24.

Associated Press

Couple bitten by snake at Renaissance Festival

A couple were bitten by a snake at the Renaissance Festival in Crownsville yesterday, an Anne Arundel County fire official reported. Division Chief Michael Cox said a woman in her 20s picked up the wild snake about 6 p.m. and was taunting her boyfriend with it when both of them were bitten. Cox said the two were taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center with minor injuries. He did not know what kind of snake had bitten the couple.

Associated Press

Three-alarm warehouse fire under investigation

City fire officials are investigating a three-alarm blaze at a South Baltimore warehouse that broke out just before midnight Saturday. Fire Department spokesman Chief Kevin Cartwright said the alarms brought about 100 Fire Department personnel to the scene in the 1800 block of Worcester St., and it took about two hours to control the fire. Cartwright said a CSX rail line runs right next to the warehouse, and traffic along that line was shut down while the fire was extinguished. It was restored yesterday morning. Cartwright said there were no injuries and that the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Associated Press

Signs at two Jewish institutions vandalized

Baltimore County police were seeking yesterday whoever spray-painted anti-Semitic scrawlings onto the exterior signs of two Jewish institutions in Pikesville over the weekend. Police believe the writings were done by the same person or persons. Police said that between 10 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. yesterday, someone spray-painted the word Nazi and a swastika on signs outside Baltimore Hebrew Congregation in the 5500 block of Slade Ave. and Beth Tfiloh Community School in the 3300 block of Old Court Road. Black paint was used in both incidents, which occurred less than a mile apart. The incidents, which occurred days before the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur, are being investigated as hate crimes.

Richard Irwin

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