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East-west transit line hearings to begin today

The Maryland Transit Administration will begin public hearings today on competing proposals for an east-west transit line from Woodlawn to Bayview. The first of four hearings on the Red Line will be from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Lithuanian Hall, 851 Hollins St. in Baltimore. Other hearings will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Edmondson High School, 501 N. Athol Ave.; 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at United Autoworkers Hall, 1010 Oldham St., and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 13 at Woodlawn High School, 1801 Woodlawn Drive. The agency is considering routes and methods of transit, including light rail. By early next year, the MTA is expected to choose a plan to submit to the federal government for funding.

Michael Dresser

Seven injured in bus, tractor-trailer crash

Seven people were hospitalized after a crash involving a Howard County bus and a tractor-trailer yesterday morning on U.S. Route 1 in Elkridge, police said. The driver of the county transit bus and six passengers, including one child, were taken to Howard General Hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, police said. The tractor-trailer driver was not injured. The crash remained under investigation yesterday, police said.

Associated Press

Halethorpe man struck by car dies at hospital

A 50-year-old Halethorpe man was fatally struck as he crossed a road in northern Anne Arundel County, police said yesterday. The man was crossing Nursery Road near the Beltway about 6 p.m. Monday when he was hit by a 2002 black Ford Focus, police said. Michael Roy Terry, of the 4200 block of Hollins Ferry Road, suffered massive injuries and was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead. The accident was caused by pedestrian error, police said. Terry was wearing dark clothing, was not crossing at a crosswalk, and he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, Anne Arundel County police said. The driver of the Ford, Joyce Mary Dash, 52, of the 2900 block of New York Ave. in Halethorpe, was not injured, and she has not been charged, authorities said.

Julie Scharper

City pawnshop reporting measure signed into law

Mayor Sheila Dixon signed into law yesterday a city ordinance requiring pawnshops to send the Police Department daily electronic reports of new merchandise so detectives can quickly search for stolen items. Previously, that reporting had been done on paper. "It was sad that in 2008, we were forcing our investigators to thumb through hundreds and hundreds of papers," said City Council President Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake, who sponsored the legislation and joined the mayor yesterday. Also at the signing were detectives from Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties, who will have access to the database so they can search for items stolen in their jurisdictions and sold in Baltimore pawnshops. The city Police Department will begin enforcing the law Jan. 1, and city officials plan to lobby the General Assembly next year to pass a similar statewide electronic reporting measure.

Annie Linskey

Barclay gunshot victim reported in critical shape

A 23-year-old man was shot in the head early yesterday morning in East Baltimore's Barclay neighborhood and remained in critical condition, police said. Police officers responded to a call for a shooting shortly before 2 a.m. in the 2300 block of Barclay St. Officers found the man, whose identity has not been confirmed, wounded by gunfire. Paramedics took him to a hospital for treatment, police said. The man was in critical condition, police said. Additional details about the shooting and a possible motive or suspect were not available.

Gus Sentementes

Father enters insanity plea in death of son off bridge

A Baltimore man charged with throwing his 3-year-old son off of the Francis Scott Key Bridge has pleaded not criminally responsible, Maryland's equivalent of an insanity plea, to first-degree murder and child abuse charges. Stephen Todd Nelson, 38, of the 2900 block of Walbrook Ave. will undergo a psychiatric evaluation by court medical staff. His trial has been postponed until February. Nelson has confessed to throwing Turner Jordan Nelson off the bridge Feb. 3 into the Patapsco River. His body was found July 12. If found guilty and not criminally responsible, Nelson would be committed to a psychiatric hospital.

Melissa Harris

Police find $20,000 worth of marijuana in home raid

Equipment for growing marijuana and $20,000 worth of the drug were seized from a home in the Cape St. Claire neighborhood of Annapolis, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday. Police raided the home in the 1100 block of Bayview Vista just before noon Monday and found two semiautomatic handguns and a shotgun in addition to the marijuana-growing operation, police said. A resident of the home, Jeffrey D. Davidson, 38, was arrested and charged with marijuana possession and distribution, the possession of equipment to manufacture drugs and the possession of a handgun for drug trafficking.

Julie Scharper

Pikesville man pleads guilty to setting off explosions

A Pikesville man accused of setting off the loud nighttime pyrotechnics that disturbed his neighbors for months pleaded guilty yesterday in Baltimore County Circuit Court to possessing explosives without a license. Frederick Mackle, 59, of the 8000 block of Brynmor Court also pleaded guilty to importation of cocaine into the state, said Kristin Bloomer of the Baltimore County state's attorney's office. Mackler was arrested in April after neighbors in the Stevenson Commons condominium complex complained about mysterious explosions in the middle of the night. He is to be sentenced Feb. 10.

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