Sunday, April 28, 2013
The Maryland State Fire Marshal offers tips for clothes dryer safety, from cleaning the filter and not operating the dryer when no one is home, to getting it serviced at least once a year.
Clean and maintain clothes dryers to help prevent fires and keep the machine working for longer. State Fire Marshal William Barnard offers the following tips, according to a news release: For more information on fire safety call 800-525-3124 or visit the State Fire Marshal website or its Facebook page. The fire marshal is headquartered in Pikesville.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
An accident at U.S. Route 1 and Maryland Route 161 sent Edward Norris to a regional shock trauma center Wednesday evening, police said.
UPDATE: (5:52 p.m.)—Popular radio show host Ed Norris was airlifted to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore Wednesday after laying down his motorcycle to avoid hitting a truck in rural Harford County. Norris, of Hampstead, was driving his Victory motorcycle northbound on U.S. Route 1 in Darlington around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a release from Maryland State Police. At the same time, a GMC truck owned by Ward Trucking and driven by Dedrick Jamal McClain of Windsor Mill made a left turn from Maryland Route 161 onto southbound Route 1, but allegedly failed to yield right of way to the motorcycle. Norris intentionally laid down the motorcycle to avoid hitting the truck and successfully avoided hitting another vehicle, state …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The crash happened Thursday morning in the Arbutus area.
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Thursday, December 13, 2012
UPDATED (3:12 p.m)—A Harford County man was killed Thursday morning when his car went airborne off Interstate 95 and landed on Interstate 195. According to a news release from Maryland State Police, the crash took place shortly afer 7 a.m., when a 2006 Ford Focus struck the left guardrail on northbound I-95. It went airborne, landing in the eastbound lane of I-195, striking a 2002 Chevy Suburban. The cause of the crash was not immediately known, and the incident remains under investigation. Kenneth L. Kirst 3rd, the driver of the Ford, was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Kirst, 20, resided in the 200 block of Spry Island Road in Joppa. Kirst was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, police said. The driver of the …
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Fifty state troopers teamed up with a child in need on a shopping venture at the Walmart in Rosedale.
Maryland State Police troopers with the Golden Ring Barrack helped 50 Baltimore County kids shop for a better Christmas Saturday morning. Troopers paired up with the children, drove them to Walmart, located at 6420 Petrie Way in Rosedale, and helped them buy some of the things they've been asking for this holiday season. Each child was given a $100.00 gift card, donated by Walmart and private sources.
Monday, October 29, 2012
State police urge motorists to stay off the roads as much as possible.
Although Maryland State Police is not handing out citations for being on the road, they are strongly discouraging residents from driving. State police spokesperson Greg Shipley warned residents that increasing amount of standing water is a significant hazard to drivers because of the high risk for vehicles to hydroplane. “People don’t realize that you don’t have to be going that fast on the road to hydroplane,” he said. Hydroplaning is caused by water being pushed up to the tires and creating a barrier of water, which decreases tire traction and inhibits drivers’ ability to safely steer their vehicles. Basically, Shipley added, the vehicle will be traveling on top of water. Drivers could also run into other hazards like downed trees and …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Maryland drivers who fail to stop and check for pedestrians at nonfunctioning traffic signals will soon face larger fines and points on their licenses.
Maryland drivers have a new set of rules to follow when they come upon a traffic signal that's broken, according to a Maryland State Police press release. The new law, which goes into effect Oct. 1, requires a driver approaching a nonfunctioning traffic signal from any direction at an intersection to stop at a clearly marked stop line, before entering any crosswalk or before entering the intersection. After stopping, the driver must yield to any vehicle or pedestrian in the intersection and remain stopped until it is safe to enter and continue through the intersection. "Just because a traffic control signal is not functioning at an intersection does not mean drivers are relieved of their duty to exercise care and caution," according to the…
Monday, July 30, 2012
Civil liberties group says it supports the technology but has privacy concerns about how long the collected information is stored.
Information collected by police through the use of automatic license plate readers could lead to violations of privacy, according to lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union. The civil liberties group Monday said in a statement that it had filed a public information request with local and state law enforcement agencies in 35 states seeking details on how long the data is stored. "Automatic license plate readers make it possible for the police to track our location whenever we drive our cars and to store that information forever," said Catherine Crump, staff attorney with the ACLU's Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, in a statement. "The American people have a right to know whether our police departments are using these tools in a …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Event sponsored by Arbutus Improvement Association brought community to Gay Oaks Park.
The landing of a Maryland State Police helicopter was definitely the highlight of the June 2 Picnic in the Park sponsored by Arbutus Improvement Association. The roaring behemoth--powered by twin jet engines capable of reaching a top speed of nearly 170 miles per hour--circled overhead before landing on the athletic field behind Arbutus Middle School. For a small neighborhood event on a Sunday, the picnic featured nearly a full complement of elected officials, including Dels James Malone and Steve DeBoy, councilman Tom Quirk, and county executive Kevin Kamenetz. Aside from free hot dogs and chips, there were crafts and face painting for children, buckets of soap bubbles, delicious do-it-yourself cupcakes from Art and Cake Bakery, child …
Monday, May 14, 2012
Two sent to hospitals after five vehicles crash near Southwestern Boulevard exit.
A series of crashes involving five vehicles resulted in two people being sent to area hospitals and closing two lanes of the outer loop of the Beltway near the Southwestern Boulevard exit, according to state police officials. The incident was reported at 5:02 p.m., police said. Two people were hurt in the incident. One was transported to St. Agnes Hospital, while the other was taken to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. Neither victim has life-threatening injuries, according to state police. The two middle lanes of the outer loop were closed while crews responded to the scene. All lanes of the Beltway were opened by 5:25 p.m., according to state police.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Drivers share road with 115 major construction projects in state, officials said.
With several major road construction projects under way or about to start, state officials held a press conference on a ramp of the I-695 Baltimore beltway to update the public and urge caution when driving through work zones. "Work zones can be inherently dangerous for both workers and drivers," said SHA administrator Melinda Peters. "We need to make sure that drivers are focused on being safe as they encounter our work zones." Nationally, more than 700 people are killed in work zones annually, according to SHA. About 80 percent of those killed in work zones are drivers, not workers, officials said. In Maryland, there are on average almost 2,000 work-zone crashes every year, resulting in almost 1,000 injuries and an average of nine deaths…