Man crossing road is killed by SUV
A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle last night in the North Point section of Baltimore County and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. His name was being withheld pending notification of kin. Shortly before 8:30 p.m., the man, 66, was struck by a southbound Mercury Mariner sport utility vehicle as he was while crossing North Point Boulevard at St. Monica Drive near his home. Police said the man was not in a crosswalk. The driver of the vehicle, a teenage female, stopped a short distance away and was interviewed by police. Charges were pending, police said. State police in Pikesville said yesterday that 73 people have died this year on Maryland roads, the same number as this time last year.
Police chief to answer council's questions
The Anne Arundel County police chief, Col. James Teare Sr., will field questions tonight from the County Council about procedures officers are to use when receiving calls of suspicious activity in mall parking lots. Teare was to speak last night, but the session was rescheduled because of the weather. Councilman C. Edward Middlebrooks asked that Teare take questions from the council to ensure that when such reports are made, government officials and private citizens are treated the same way.
Mount Airy man, 20, charged in fatal crash
A 20-year-old Mount Airy man was being held in the Howard County Detention Center yesterday on $1 million bond after being charged with vehicular manslaughter while under the influence of alcohol as a result of a fatal two-car crash early Sunday, police said. Jose Rosendo Algomeda-Santiago faces 10 charges, including several DUI-related offenses and driving without a license. The accident occurred just before 4 a.m. after Algomeda-Santiago's 1995 Volkswagen Jetta crossed a double-yellow line on Route 32 in Dayton and struck a Dodge Ram pickup truck. One man was killed, and two were injured. The driver of the pickup truck was not injured.
State Senate OKs anti-warming measure
The Maryland Senate passed environmental legislation last night that aims to substantially curb pollutants linked to global warming. In a 36-9 vote, lawmakers gave final approval to a measure that calls for a 25 percent reduction in climate-warming pollution by 2020.
Audit finds Md. missed millions in rebates
Maryland benefit officials missed out on as much as $10.8 million in contractually guaranteed prescription drug rebates and discounts in 2005 and 2006, according to an audit released yesterday. The report by the state's Office of Legislative Audits faults employees charged with administering contracts for the mistakes and urges the state to recover overpayments. In 2005, the state received a 46.7 percent discount from the average wholesale prices on generic drugs, although a contract stipulated they were to receive discounts of 56 percent. In 2006, the state received discounts of 48.7 percent instead of the 50 percent discount required.