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Storm floods roads, knocks out power in Dundalk

DUNDALK — A storm tore through Dundalk and the Baltimore region on Saturday afternoon, blacking out power and knocking over trees through the region.

Southeast Baltimore County saw some of the most rainfall during the storm, and the National Weather Service estimated wind gusts of up to 60 mph, Luis Rosa, a meteorologist with the NWS, said this week.

Multiple roads were closed, and cars were stuck in high flood waters after heavy rainfall Saturday evening, when a total of 3.55” of rainfall was counted in Sparrows Point by a citizen observer, according to the NWS.

Power remained out for a long interval after the storm hit in certain areas.

“Over the weekend, about 41,000 people reported outages,” Richard Yost, a BGE spokesperson said. About 32,000 of those were Baltimore County residents, many of which were in the southeast.

Dustin Paugh, who lives in the Stanbrook neighborhood, saw a power line in the neighborhood get struck by lightning as he was watching out of his window on Saturday evening, around 5 p.m.

He said a power line then fell on Merritt Boulevard, and another at the intersection of Moorgate and Stanhope, which was energized. He caught a video of fire spitting out of the fallen line.

“It actually fell onto those peoples yard, and onto their truck,” Paugh, who happens to be an electrician, said. “It pretty much burned like a fuse, until it went up into the fence and that truck.”

He said the fire department and BGE showed up in the neighborhood relatively quickly, and the neighborhood had power back later that night as it was prioritized due to the danger.

Some houses in the neighborhood “didn’t get power until this morning,” he said on Monday.

Dundalk Plaza, the shopping center off Merritt Boulevard which includes an Aldi grocery store, a Planet Fitness and Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, was without power from Saturday until late on Monday, according to Mike Janes, the property manager.

All BGE customers who lost power during the storm on Saturday got it back by about 9 p.m. on Monday, Yost said.

Eastpoint Mall also closed early on Saturday, reopening as normal on Sunday. On social media, mallgoers shared photos of flooding at the mall.

Mall management did not respond to multiple calls for comment on the matter.

Man convicted of 2019 Dundalk murder, lawyer requests new trial

A Baltimore man was found guilty of first-degree murder following a jury trial earlier this month regarding a 2019 shooting off Avondale Road, but his sentencing was delayed as lawyers debate the credibility of a police officer involved.

Dwayne Kenneth Taylor, now 42, was convicted of first-degree murder and using a firearm in a violent crime for the incident, where police had found Gerrard Eugene Taylor, 27, who is not related to Dwayne Taylor, injured in an alley off Avondale Road in Dundalk on March 27, 2019.

Gerrard Taylor died at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center a few days later, and Dwayne Taylor was arrested on murder charges three weeks after.

After Dwayne Taylor was convicted of first-degree murder earlier this month, his lawyer, Mark Van Bavel, filed a motion in court for a new trial, alleging he had received information about the credibility of one of the leading investigators in the case, Cpl. Ryan Massey of the Baltimore County Police Department, just after the trial.

Van Bavel and Dwayne Taylor “could have used the information,” which was about Massey allegedly telling falsehoods at a worker’s compensation hearing, “to challenge the credibility” of Massey.

Massey, however, was found not guilty in that case, and had the case expunged, prosecutors said in court filings.

Prosectors in the murder case said they learned of Massey’s “the day after the verdict” against Dwayne Taylor and informed Van Bavel immediately.

In court on Friday, the lawyers scheduled for another hearing on holding the new trial for Aug. 13.

Three monopoles have been erected next to the Francis Scott Key Bridge as part of BGE’s Key Crossing Reliability Initiative, which is expected to be electrified next spring.

Theresa Ferrante