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Woman on sidewalk hit by pickup truck dies

A woman was killed yesterday afternoon after a pickup truck went out of control and struck her on a sidewalk in Rosedale and then hit the porch of a house, Baltimore County police said. The woman was hit about 1:40 p.m. in the 1200 block of Neighbors Ave. near Old Philadelphia Road, police said. She was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where she died, police said. The identities of the victim and of the driver of the truck were unavailable, police said. The investigation into the crash is continuing, police said.

City police officer admits leaving scene of accident

A Baltimore police officer admitted yesterday leaving the scene of an accident in her Canton neighborhood and will be sentenced next month, prosecutors said. The Baltimore Sun reported yesterday that the Baltimore state's attorney's office is reviewing how police and prosecutors handled the case, in which the victim, retired city police officer and District Court Commissioner Anthony Swiderski, had to press charges more than two months after the accident. Officer Margaret Duffy, who has been reassigned from the Police Department's Southeastern District, pleaded not guilty in District Court yesterday but agreed with the prosecutor's statement of facts on charges of hit and run and driving the wrong way on a one-way street, a type of a "no contest" plea. Judge Theodore B. Oshrine deferred the finding of guilt, however, and sentencing was scheduled for Feb. 9. Swiderski said the damage to his vehicle was minimal but that he had concerns about how the case was handled.

Justin Fenton

Busch says he plans to run for re-election in 2010

House of Delegates Speaker Michael E. Busch, a Maryland lawmaker for more than two decades, said yesterday he plans to run for re-election in 2010. "This is the first time in the last eight years that we're going to have a president and governor and legislature that basically has the same philosophical beliefs," said Busch, an Anne Arundel County Democrat. "It's exciting to be a part of that." In May, State Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller also signaled his intention to run for re-election. This morning, in Baltimore, Gov. Martin O'Malley is scheduled to host a fundraiser for Busch, who joined the House of Delegates in 1987 and has been its leader since 2003.

Gadi Dechter

Bartenfelder is chairman of Balto. County Council

Joseph Bartenfelder became the new chairman of the Baltimore County Council last night, which was not a surprise to anyone. A plaque with his name on it had been affixed to the dais in front of the chairman's seat before the meeting had begun. Then the seven council members entered the chamber, the outgoing chairman, Kevin Kamenetz, sat down in his usual seat and noted that, despite what the plaque said, he was not, in fact, Bartenfelder. They took a vote, and Bartenfelder was unanimously ushered into the chairmanship, a one-year position he has held on three previous occasions. Kamenetz received a gavel and a plaque in recognition of his service.

Nick Madigan

MARC train tickets 90% sold for Inauguration Day

About 90 percent of the reserved-seat tickets for Inauguration Day MARC trains between Baltimore and Washington have been sold, and the the rest are expected to sell out by the end of the week, Maryland Transit Administration officials say. Tickets:

Michael Dresser

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