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Blast, fire hit underground construction site

Baltimore firefighters responded last night to an underground explosion and fire at a construction site near Maryland General Hospital. No one was injured. The underground fire broke out before 9 p.m. in the 400 block of W. Madison St. at Eutaw Street, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a spokesman for the Fire Department. Crews from Baltimore Gas and Electric had completed repairs to a 110,000-volt feeder line on the site of a future switching station when they were attempting to restore electricity. An explosion occurred, sending smoke out of manholes. A half-dozen pieces of fire equipment responded, including a carbon dioxide response unit from Sparrows Point. Firefighters sprayed liquid carbon dioxide on the fire, which was contained to the work site. BGE crews were testing the air around the site last night before going underground to check the damage and make repairs.

Richard Irwin

Germantown woman killed, husband hurt by truck

A Montgomery County woman was killed and her husband seriously injured yesterday when they were hit by a dump truck while they walked on a road near Germantown. Xinfeng Wang, 78, and his wife, Yunshu Li, 74, both of the 13000 block of Falconcrest Road in Germantown, were walking south in the southbound lane of the 19000 block of Germantown Road near Clopper Road about 1 p.m. when they were struck by a dump truck that was backing up, said Lt. Paul Starks, a police spokesman. Starks said the couple was in a lane that was closed to traffic to allow heavy equipment access to a nearby construction site. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and her husband was taken by ambulance to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, where he was listed in serious condition. The dump truck driver, Jack L. Bowers of Taneytown, was not injured.

Richard Irwin

Edgewater school to reopen after fire

South River High School in Edgewater will reopen today after an apparently accidental fire damaged a computer server room at the school Wednesday night. Workers cleared debris yesterday and replaced the server that operates the school's computer system, said Bob Mosier, a spokesman for Anne Arundel County schools. County schools were closed yesterday in observance of Yom Kippur. A group of parents was meeting at the school when the fire was reported at 7:06 p.m.; all got out safely. The fire, caused by a server malfunction, caused nearly $100,000 damage.

Nicole Fuller

City man pleads guilty to cocaine charges

A Baltimore man pleaded guilty Wednesday to possession with intent to distribute more than 50 kilograms of cocaine in Baltimore and on the Eastern Shore, the U.S. attorney's office said. Anthony W. "Buzzard" Ballard, 38, entered the plea in U.S. District Court. He is to be sentenced Jan. 8 and faces 10 years to life in prison.

Northeast Baltimore man held in bank robbery

A suspect in a Baltimore bank robbery last month was arrested Wednesday by members of the Warrant Apprehension Task Force. Carlton Smith, 49, of the 2000 block of Jubilee Court, was taken into custody without incident at 7:30 a.m. at an apartment in the 2400 block of Wellbridge Drive, police said. Smith is charged with armed robbery, theft and first-degree assault in the holdup of a Provident Bank at 2118 E. Monument St. at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 30, police said. About $6,000 was stolen, and no one was hurt, police said.

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