Discarded 'smoking materials' ignite townhouse blaze in Odenton

Fire officials said improperly discarded smoking materials ignited a blaze at an Odenton townhouse Friday and caused more than $100,000 in damage. Anne Arundel County firefighters responded around 9 p.m. Friday to the 2400 block of Killarney Terrace in Odenton to find a fire had spread to all three levels of a townhouse, the department said in a release. Almost 50 firefighters controlled the blaze, which originated on the back deck, in 25 minutes, according to the release. The sizable force needed more time to put out hot spots and investigate. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article

Md. Court of Appeals upholds $7.3M asbestos verdict

Maryland’s top court has upheld a $7.3 million award to an asbestos exposure victim and his wife despite a lack of direct evidence that the company found responsible had installed the flame-retardant carcinogen. In a 6-1 decision last week, the Court of Appeals said a jury may draw “reasonable inferences” from circumstantial evidence in assessing corporate liability for asbestos exposure. (Daily Record)

Read Full Article

Dolphin dies at the National Aquarium after months-long illness

One of the National Aquarium’s seven dolphins, named Maya, died Sunday evening after prolonged illness, according to an aquarium press release. “Maya was a cherished member of our National Aquarium family, and we are heartbroken to lose her,” said National Aquarium Chief Executive Officer John Racanelli in Monday’s release. “We have been deeply moved by the outpouring of support from the community and appreciate everyone’s compassion during this difficult time for our staff, our dolphins and our guests.” Veterinary staff determined in mid-April that the dolphin was experiencing liver problems and inflammation, which contributed to problems with her digestive system. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article

Baltimore County police identify man killed in shootout with officers who shot his girlfriend

Baltimore County police spokeswoman Ofc. Jennifer Peach said Sunday night that police have confirmed that a man killed in a shootout with officers at Duke’s Motel in Rosedale on Saturday had shot his 37-year-old ex-girlfriend that morning. The woman is expected to survive her injuries. Police identified the man Monday afternoon as Kareem Omar Morgan, 43, of Dundalk. Morgan was killed during an exchange of gunfire Saturday evening after a tactical team went to the motel to arrest him, police said. Police also confirmed that Morgan shot his girlfriend in the lower body at her home in the 1700 block of Winding Brook Way in Windsor Mill around 5 a.m. Saturday. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article

Baltimore experiencing widespread water problems: brown water in Inner Harbor, flooding near stadium

A Baltimore City water main break Monday morning caused widespread flooding around M&T Bank Stadium and a train derailment in the Howard Street Tunnel. The flooding was first reported to the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management around 7 a.m., prompting representatives from multiple city and state agencies to respond. Crews found about 4-5 feet of water coming from Howard Street Tunnel, said fire department spokeswoman Blair Adams. The flooding carried silt onto the tunnel tracks, causing a CSX train to partially derail. No one was injured in the incident, Adams said. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article

As Florida cities use insurance to pay $1 million in ransoms to hackers, Baltimore and Maryland weigh getting covered

The attack on little Lake City, Florida followed the familiar pattern: Hackers broke in after someone opened an infected email. Almost instantly, the city’s computer systems and records were locked up. “Immediately we lost all internet, all phone service,” Mayor Stephen Witt said. Officials thought the city would have to “rebuild everything.” But when they started turning computers back on and got a ransom demand, another option presented itself. Lake City’s insurance provider stepped in and began negotiations with the hackers. And last week, the city council voted to pay. The bill would be about $470,000, but the city of 12,000 residents 60 miles west of Jacksonville would put up only the $10,000 insurance deductible. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article

Fatal overdoses in Carroll County through June 2019 were half those seen in first half of 2018, data show

Carroll County fatal drug and alcohol overdoses in the first six months of 2019 dropped by half compared with the first six months of 2018, a sign of potential respite in what had been year-over-year increases in deaths. According to a report from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, there were 23 drug- and/or alcohol-related deaths from January through June this year, compared with 46 such deaths in that same time period in 2018. Heroin-related deaths decreased from seven to four, and fentanyl-related deaths plummeted from 26 to nine, the latter representing a more than 65% decrease for the first half of 2019 compared to the first half of 2018. (Carr. Co. Times)

Read Full Article

Fort Detrick continues to address housing concerns

Fort Detrick’s outgoing garrison commander and the housing company Balfour Beatty continue to address concerns raised by those who live on post, following nationwide mandates to improve housing on military installations. Housing on military posts nationwide came under scrutiny in February when a Senate Armed Services subcommittee held a hearing on dangerous and substandard living conditions. Although housing at Fort Detrick was not specifically mentioned, Balfour Beatty, which operates the privatized housing at Fort Detrick, was also under scrutiny for its management at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. The subcommittee specifically called out Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County for complaints residents had about mold, lead paint and rat infestation. (News-Post)

Read Full Article