Two killed in Catonsville after van hits pole, burns
Two people were killed in a single-car crash yesterday at Interstate 695 and U.S. 40 west in Catonsville that snarled traffic for several hours, police said. The accident occurred about 2:30 p.m. on a Beltway ramp at the exit for westbound Baltimore National Pike, according to the Maryland State Police at the Golden Ring barracks. Responding emergency personnel found a 2002 Ford van off the road. The vehicle apparently had hit a pole and then a tree. The vehicle caught fire, and its two occupants were killed and burned beyond recognition. As of last night, police still had not identified the victims and were investigating what caused the van to leave the roadway.
Man struck by a car on Shawan Road
A man was struck by a car as he ran across Shawan Road near the Hunt Valley Towne Centre yesterday afternoon, Baltimore County police said. He was taken by ambulance to Sinai Hospital, police said. The man was not identified and his condition was not known. No further information was available.
Police identify woman killed in head-on collision
A woman killed in a head-on collision Thursday night in Pasadena has been identified by Anne Arundel County police as Elizabeth M. Fowler, 54, of the 500 block of St. Martins Lane in Severna Park. Shortly before 8 p.m., a Honda Accord driven by Fowler and a Subaru Impreza driven by Christopher John Nelson, 26, were heading in opposite directions on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard near Old Mill Road, according to police. Nelson, of the 8200 block of Waterford Road, lost control on a curve and crossed into Fowler's lane, police said. Fowler was pronounced dead at Baltimore Washington Medical Center, police said. A passenger in her car, Steven Desombre, was in critical condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, as was Nelson, police said. Police said the crash is under investigation.
Firefighters put out blaze, rescue several people
Baltimore County firefighters put out a blaze and rescued several people yesterday at apartments near Joppa Road and Loch Raven Boulevard in Parkville. The fire, in the kitchen of a second-floor unit in the 8700 block of Loch Bend Drive, was reported shortly after 5 a.m., Capt. John Ryan said. Firefighters rescued four people by ladder, and one resident was able to walk out, Ryan said. No injuries were reported in the one-alarm fire.
Dundalk man, 26, sought in woman's shooting death
Baltimore County police have issued an arrest warrant for a 26-year-old Dundalk man in the shooting death of a Middle River woman who was an innocent bystander as a drug deal turned violent. Police said yesterday that they were searching for Warren Jerome Yates of the 7800 block of Saint Boniface Lane. He is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Shirley Worcester, 58, who was shot Wednesday night outside her house on Whitethorn Way in Middle River. Police say a man purchased more than $4,000 worth of marijuana with a roll of money that had a $100 bill on the outside and fake cash inside. The buyer ran off, and the seller gave chase, firing two shots, police said. One hit Worcester, and the other struck a tree. The buyer of the drugs and two others have been taken into custody and face drug charges, police said. Their names have not been released because they have not been charged yet. Investigators said the warrant for Yates was based on evidence found at the scene and information provided by witnesses. Yates was also charged with drug and handgun offenses, they said. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.
From a Baltimore Sun staff report
Montgomery teen pleads guilty in explosives case
A Montgomery County teen pleaded guilty yesterday in a case that captured national attention last summer after authorities said they had searched the home of his friend and found firearms and explosives. Patrick S. Yevsukov, 17, pleaded guilty to two counts of manufacture or possession of a destructive device, one count of unauthorized access to a computer and one count of theft of less than $100, during a court hearing yesterday.
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