Man shot several times is in critical condition
A man was in critical condition last night after suffering multiple gunshot wounds to his head, back and wrist yesterday, police said. The shooting occurred shortly after 2 p.m. at Washington Street and Lafayette Avenue, according to Agent Donny Moses, a city police spokesman. The victim, who appeared to be in his 30s, was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital. His identity was not released. Police had no suspects or motives.
Two injured in car crash while fleeing from police
A man and woman fleeing from police in Aberdeen were seriously injured last night when they crashed their car, about the same time that a pedestrian was struck a few miles away, police said. Aberdeen police said officers conducted a traffic stop about 9:30 p.m.; they did not disclose the location. The car pulled over, but then took off again, police said, hitting two officers' vehicles in the process. A chase ensued, and the car got into an accident on U.S. 40, according to police. The male driver was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in critical condition, police said. The female passenger was driven to Shock Trauma. Meanwhile, a pedestrian was struck elsewhere in Aberdeen about the same time. Maryland State Police would not release any information last night about that incident.
MTA tickets cost $25 for Inauguration Day trip
The Maryland Transit Administration will begin selling tickets next Saturday for MARC trains to and from Washington on Inauguration Day. The reserved, round-trip tickets will be $25. Riders must choose specific trains for a round trip, traveling both ways Jan. 20, with no exchanges allowed. Children must have tickets. Riders can use cash to buy Penn Line and Camden Line tickets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Camden Station in Baltimore. Brunswick Line tickets can be bought for cash during the same hours at Monocacy Station in Frederick County. No credit or debit cards or checks will be accepted at those locations. Customers can buy tickets online with credit and debit cards starting Saturday at www.commuterdirect.com. There is a limit of 25 tickets per transaction, with a shipping charge of $6.50 per order. MARC trains will depart for Washington Jan. 20 from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and will leave the capital from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Penn Line will not operate north of Baltimore's Penn Station. A schedule is at www.mtamaryland.com.
300 block of Charles St. to close for building work
A portion of Charles Street is expected to be closed today for a crane lift operation, according to city transportation officials. The heating unit on top of the Verizon building is expected to be replaced from 6 a.m. until noon, forcing the 300 block of Charles to be closed. Parking will be prohibited on that block, which extends from Saratoga Street to Pleasant Street, according to officials. As a detour, northbound Charles traffic will be directed west on Saratoga, north on Park Avenue, east on Mulberry Street, and then back onto Charles.
City store cited in sales of excessive-lead jewelry
Baltimore health officials have issued a violation notice to a North Baltimore store for selling four children's jewelry products containing excessive levels of lead. The business - Party City at 6311 York Road - was also cited in September for the same violation, according to the Health Department. City health officials have notified the Consumer Product Safety Commission about the jewelry. The Health Department had tested eight children's jewelry products for lead in December, but the four products at Party City were the only ones found to contain excessive lead, officials said. Jingle Bell Parade today will force street closures
Baltimore's annual Jingle Bell Parade is set to begin at 10 a.m. today in East Baltimore, according to city transportation officials. Officials are planning a variety of street closures and parking restrictions to accommodate the parade. From 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., officials intend to close Luzerne Avenue from Monument Street to Ashland Avenue; McElderry Street from Chester Street to Collington Avenue; Monument from Washington Street to Glover Street; and Collington from Monument to Ashland. Parking will be prohibited from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Monument from Castle Street to Glover; on Luzerne from Monument to Ashland; on Collington from Monument to McElderry; and McElderry from Chester to Collington. As a detour, Monument Street traffic will be directed north on Washington; east on Ashland, south on Lakewood Avenue, and east back onto Monument.
Man hit by prosecutor's car dies of injuries
A man who was struck Thursday morning in Brooklyn by a car driven by a city prosecutor has died, police said. Curtis B. Johnson Jr., 52, of the 400 block of Freeman St., walked into the roadway in the 400 block of E. Patapsco Ave., near the District Court, and was hit by a vehicle driven by Assistant State's Attorney Jeremy Eldridge. Police said that 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. He was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in critical condition and died later that day.