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State trooper is hurt in Interstate 95 crash

A state police cruiser was rear-ended on northbound Interstate 95 in Harford County yesterday morning, and the trooper was treated at a hospital, police said. Tfc. Michael O'Donnell, who was setting up traffic cones before the Tydings Bridge for construction work, was in his cruiser when it was hit from behind by a van about 7 a.m., said Sgt. Arthur Betts, a spokesman. Electronic warning signs were operating before the crash occurred, Betts said. Both drivers were taken to Harford Memorial Hospital and treated for minor injuries, Betts said. The name of the van driver was unavailable.

From Baltimore Sun staff reports

Balto. Co. police search for missing woman

Baltimore County police said yesterday that they were looking for a 22-year-old developmentally disabled woman who has been missing since Saturday. Shaquana Smith was last seen at 9:30 p.m. Saturday on Hogarth Circle in Cockeysville and is unfamiliar with the area, police said. Smith is black, 5 feet 4 inches tall and 125 pounds. She was last seen in a purple, short-sleeve polo shirt and denim shorts. She has a noticeable birthmark on the upper right side of her face and a large burn mark on her right forearm. Anyone with information is asked to call the Cockeysville police precinct at 410-887-1820.

From Baltimore Sun staff reports

Arrest made in Carver fire; damage estimate raised

An arrest has been made in a fire Tuesday afternoon that caused the razing of a portable classroom at Carver Vocational-Technical High School in West Baltimore, city school authorities said. School Police Chief Marshal Goodwin declined to provide details of the arrest but said it was made by school and city police "within 24 hours of the fire." He declined to describe the suspect or say whether the person is a student. Chief Kevin Cartwright, a city Fire Department spokesman, said that moments before the fire was reported at 5:45 p.m. in the 2200 block of Presstman St., the school's track team was in the building changing out of their uniforms. There were no injuries in the fire. Cartwright said the original estimate of damage was $60,000 to the interior and exterior of the portable building, which contains 10 classrooms and a vice principal's office. However, damage was so extensive that the entire building will be torn down, and the damage estimate was increased to $500,000. Edie House, a spokeswoman for the city schools, said the school is in the midst of a $30 million renovation project and that the fire did not affect the work in progress. The loss of classroom space creates logistical challenges in the main building as renovation continues, school authorities said.

Richard Irwin and Sara Neufeld

Statue honoring poet returns to Eastern site

A statue honoring Baltimore poet Lizette Woodworth Reese will return to its original location at the former Eastern High School after a vote yesterday at the city's Board of Estimates. Reese's Victorian-era poems are highly regarded by literary scholars, and some have listed her sonnet "Tears" as a prominent one in the English canon. She was an 1873 graduate of Eastern High School when it was on Aisquith Street, and the statue initially stood at Eastern's former 33rd Street campus. The statue was moved to Lake Clifton High School when the Eastern site was closed. Eastern graduates raised funds to move the statue back to the 33rd Street location, said Dennis O'Shea, a spokesman for the Johns Hopkins University, which now owns the former city high school campus. "We're happy to help them recapture the memories," he said. O'Shea said the statue will be moved in the spring and will be placed near 33rd Street and Ellerslie Avenue. The city agreed that it can stay there for the next 15 years and that the lease can be renewed.

Annie Linskey

Officials laud construction of Forensic Medical Center

Heralding the coming of "CSI Baltimore," state and local officials celebrated the construction yesterday of a $58 million Forensic Medical Center under way in West Baltimore, where the state's medical examiner will conduct about 4,000 autopsies a year and train pathologists. The six-story building is scheduled to open next summer and will be the country's second-largest facility of its kind, said Gov. Martin O'Malley. The project is part of the University of Maryland BioPark, a planned 12-building scientific complex near the Poppleton neighborhood.

Gadi Dechter

Body of man found near city elementary school

An autopsy was to be performed today by the state medical examiner's office on the body of a man found last night near a Northeast Baltimore elementary school. The death has been ruled questionable, pending the autopsy, police said. Shortly before 10 p.m., Northeastern District police, responding to a report of a man lying in an alley near Brehm's Lane Elementary School in the Belair-Edison community, found the body of a man who was pronounced dead moments later by Fire Department medics. Police cordoned off the alley and surrounding streets and searched for clues.

Richard Irwin

Household hazardous waste drop-off in city

Baltimore will collect household hazardous waste this weekend at the Polytechnic Institute parking lot at Falls Road and Cold Spring Lane. City residents will be required to show proof of residency. Items will be accepted from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 311.

Commentator Huffington to speak tonight in Towson

Arianna Huffington, political commentator and editor of the Huffington Post blog, will speak at 8 tonight at Goucher College in Towson . Her talk will focus on the presidential election. The talk is free and open to the public. Tickets: 410-337-6333, or e-mail box

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