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Date: Dec 17, 2018

A 36-year-old Adelphi, Md. man has died of injuries sustained earlier today in a construction accident at the City of Baltimore's Back River Wastewater Treatment plant.

The Baltimore Environmental Police have identified the victim as Transito Rodriguez Cruz. 

Baltimore County Fire and EMS units were dispatched at 12:09 p.m. to a confined space rescue in the 8200 block of Eastern Ave, 21224. The victim was working in a large, secured trench on a construction project the at treatment plant when he was struck by the bucket of an excavator.

EMS crews immediately provided advanced medical care and transported him to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased.

The incident remains under investigation by both the Baltimore Environmental Police and the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Just after 2:30 p.m., Baltimore County Police responded to the Beth Isaac Adath Israel Congregation located in the 4300-block of Crest Heights Avenue, 21215 for a suspicious envelope. The envelope was not opened. Baltimore County Fire Department personnel determined that no dangerous substances were found. Investigators from the Police Department’s hazardous devices unit recovered the envelope.

Just after 4:00 p.m., Baltimore County Police responded to the Har Sinai Congregation located in the 2900-block of Walnut Avenue, 21117 for a suspicious envelope. Investigation revealed that the Congregation received the letter a week ago and reported it to police today after receiving information of the other incidents. This envelope also did not contain any hazardous substances. The letters appear to be similar in nature and do not convey any type of threat. County Police are reaching out to members of the affected communities. The investigation into the letters is continuing.

BCoFD hazardous materials units and EMS personnel this afternoon responded to three northwest area synagogues that received suspicious packages.

Fire, hazmat and EMS units were dispatched at 12:45 p.m. to the 8100 block of Park Heights Ave., 21208, where two adults working in the offices at the Beth El Congregation opened an envelope and immediately complained that they felt ill. EMS crews evaluated them and found mild symptoms including nausea. The two patients were treated at the scene and refused transport.

Hazmat units used meters designed to detect dangerous gases and chemical to determine if there was any danger to the building. Nothing significant was found. 

A second incident involving a suspicious package was dispatched at 2:45 p.m. to the 4300 block of Crest Heights Rd., 21215. The location is Beth Isaac Adath Israel.

Again, hazmat crews, using their meters, found no dangerous substances or chemicals. No injuries were reported, and units cleared the scene at 3:29 p.m.

The third incident involving a suspicious package was reported at 4:25 p.m. at Har Sinai Congregation, 2900 block Walnut Ave., 21117. No injuries were reported, and hazmat crews found nothing unusual.


Revised June 27, 2017