CHARLES COUNTY — Contract appears near
PORT OF BALTIMORE
Negotiations resumed yesterday afternoon between representatives of Local 953 of the International Longshoremen's Association and waterfront employers in the port of Baltimore.
Early this morning, the talks were continuing, but Richard P. Hughes, the leader of the ILA clerks, said he expected to reach an agreement today. "If I didn't, we wouldn't be here," he said.
A meeting of the local's membership had been set for 7 a.m. today. Local 953 is the only one of five dockworkers' locals in the port that has not yet reached a tentative agreement with management on a new contract.
No one wins jackpot; $8 million prize set
There was no big winner in Saturday's $6 million Maryland State Lotto
drawing, a state lottery spokesman announced yesterday.
The lack of a winner for the third week in a row will increase this Saturday's jackpot to an estimated $8 million, said Carroll H. Hynson Jr., the spokesman.
Eighty-five Lotto tickets matched five of the six winning numbers, and each is worth $1,269. An additional 4,841 tickets had four of the six numbers and are worth $38 each.
The numbers drawn were 1-17-18-28-44-48.
Six firefighters injured in warehouse collapse
Six firefighters escaped with minor injuries yesterday when the roof of a burning Charles County warehouse building collapsed under them, the state fire marshal's office said.
The two-alarm blaze near La Plata was first noticed at 6 a.m. by a neighbor who saw smoke but mistook it for fog. The neighbor called for help an hour later after seeing flames in the two-story building, said Bob Thomas, spokesman for the fire marshal.
The concrete-block building, about 75 feet long and 35 feet wide, had been used for storage of materials suitable for recycling. It was half-filled with old newspapers, scrap paper and cans, Mr. Thomas said.
Investigators said the cause of the fire appeared to be suspicious. It began in the center of the building, an area where a large quantity of newspapers was stored, Mr. Thomas said.
Six firefighters were working on the roof when it collapsed because walls buckled from the heat. All were released after treatment at Physicians Memorial Hospital for injuries that included broken toes, cuts and bruises, Mr. Thomas said.
Damage to the building was estimated at $170,000.
Police seek suspect in fatal shooting
A 24-year-old man who was fatally shot in Northwest Baltimore Saturday evening was the older brother of another man murdered in the city earlier this year, homicide detectives said yesterday.
The police were looking for both a motive and a suspect in the shooting of Donovan Turner in the 2600 block of West Cold Spring Lane.
The victim, who lived in the 3800 block of Hayward Avenue, appeared to be "unloading something" from the trunk of his car about 5:45 p.m. when he was shot once in the left side of his chest by one of two people in another car, police said.
Mr. Turner was pronounced dead about an hour later at Sinai Hospital.
His 20-year-old brother, Lawrence A. Turner of the same address, was shot to death about 6:40 p.m. Feb. 20 outside a convenience store at Garrison and Beaufort avenues by a gunman wearing a ski mask.