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Hit by prosecutor's car, man critically injured

A man was critically injured early yesterday when he was struck by a car driven by a Baltimore assistant state's attorney on his way to District Court in Brooklyn, city police said. Police said Jeremy Eldridge, the prosecutor, was eastbound in the 400 block of E. Patapsco Ave. about 8 a.m. and heading to the John R. Hargrove Jr. District Court in the 700 block of E. Patapsco Ave. when a 52-year-old man, whose name has not been released, staggered into the roadway and was struck. Police said the roadway was wet and that Eldridge swerved to avoid hitting the man, whose body landed on the car's hood before falling into the westbound lane. Police said the pedestrian was taken by a city Fire Department ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and originally reported in critical condition. His condition was not available late last night. Margaret Burns, a spokeswoman for the city state's attorney's office, said Eldridge, who was not injured, went to Shock Trauma to comfort the man's family.

Richard Irwin

Gas main ruptures; four houses evacuated

Four townhouses were evacuated yesterday morning after a gas main ruptured in Pikesville, the Baltimore County Fire Department said. No injuries were reported in the gas leak that occurred about 9:30 a.m. in the 100 block of Ruth Eager Court, officials said. The leak was caused by a malfunctioning underground electrical cable next to the gas line, said Linda Foy, a Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. spokeswoman. She said power to 13 customers also was disrupted. Gas and electric service was expected to be restored by yesterday evening, she said. The company was investigating to determine what caused the problem with the electrical cable, she said.

From Baltimore Sun staff reports

Ellicott Holiday Reception set at Banneker museum

The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks and the Friends of Banneker Historical Park will hold an Ellicott Holiday Reception from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 13 tomorrow at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, 300 Oella Ave., near Ellicott City. The reception is in tribute to an exhibition on the three Ellicott brothers who founded Ellicott City. Admission is free. Information: 410-887-1081.

Men in hard hats invade, rob Gambrills home

Two men dressed as construction workers forced their way into a Gambrills home Wednesday afternoon, bound a woman and stole money, Anne Arundel County police said. Wearing traffic vests, construction helmets and white cloths around their faces, the two men knocked on the door of a home in the 1700 block of Holladay St. shortly before 2 p.m., police said. When a 39-year-old woman answered the door, the men pushed inside, brandished a weapon, bound the woman and demanded money, police said. After taking an undisclosed sum, the men appeared to escape in a white sport utility vehicle, police said. Anyone with more information is asked to call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7-LOCKUP.

Julie Scharper

Northbound JFX lane to be closed tomorrow

The left lane of the northbound Jones Falls Expressway will be closed from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow morning for road maintenance and repairs, according to city transportation officials. The lane closure is expected to extend from Fayette Street to the city/county line. Other lanes of traffic are expected to remain open throughout the workday.

Girl, 12, is charged as juvenile in school fire

A 12-year-old girl faces arson charges after her arrest in connection with a fire Tuesday at a Howard County middle school, police said. The fire forced the evacuation of students at Patuxent Valley Middle in Jessup and caused $10,000 worth of damage, police said. The girl, a student at the school, used a lighter to set fire to a roll of toilet paper inside a stall in a girls' bathroom, said Pfc. Jennifer Reidy, a Howard County police spokeswoman. Police did not identify her because she is a juvenile. The girl has been charged as a juvenile with first- and second-degree arson, first-degree malicious burning of property, reckless endangerment and malicious destruction of property, police said. She was placed in a juvenile facility Wednesday. The girl admitted setting the fire, said Reidy, who declined to discuss a motive. If convicted, the girl could face disciplinary actions ranging from suspension to expulsion from school, said county schools spokeswoman Patti Caplan.

John-John Williams

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