A story posted today on The Baltimore Sun’s Web site, highlights the dangers of young children starting fires, which can result in serious Maryland fire and burn injuries. According to a juvenile fire-setter intervention coordinator, about 65 percent of fires are set by youths in Baltimore. The majority of fires set by children in the area are the result of playing with matches or lighters. Additionally, many children tend to set fires as ways of acting out of frustration or anger.
Archive for June, 2007
June 27, 2007
In today’s issue of the Baltimore Sun, an article highlights the need for the city to increase the number of its animal control officers. The shortage of officers has resulted in a lack to control animal breeding and prevent fights and Maryland dog bites. The article continues to tell the story of a lady who was attacked by two pit bulls on June 25. Ruby Pulley was walking in her neighborhood when the dogs attacked her so badly that she required surgery. The owner of the dogs, 17-year-old Dominique Palmer, who breeds and sells pit bulls to other families in the neighborhood, said Pulley must have provoked his dogs. An animal control officer shot one of the dogs that attacked Pulley and took the other dog, as well as two other adult pit bulls and three puppies from Palmer’s house, to the city’s animal shelter.
June 25, 2007
According to a story posted on The Baltimore Sun’s Web site yesterday, a girl was crossing Baltimore Street when a car fatally struck her. The victim, 9, had gone to a store several blocks from her home to buy a Popsicle when the incident occurred. The driver sped from the Maryland auto accident before he or she could be identified, but witnesses describe the vehicle as a green station wagon.
Friday, June 22, 2007
According to reports from the Washington Post, a local police officer engaged in a high-speed pursuit on the Capital Beltway without properly notifying the dispatcher. On May 30, Officer Scott Campbell began pursuit of a motorcycle after spotting the motorcyclist speeding and weaving in and out of traffic. During the pursuit, Campbell’s cruiser struck the back of an SUV, which resulted in a “chain reaction” of other vehicles crashing into one another. The accident resulted in two deaths and injured 15 people. Campbell may not have followed protocol by not notifying the dispatcher until after the accident and by unnecessarily placing others in danger while pursuing the motorcyclist.