BALTIMORE CITY: — Fishermen say marlin sank boat
Perhaps the fish are striking back.
Four commercial fishermen from Ocean City told Coast Guard officials a half-ton blue marlin attacked and sank their 45-foot boat, the Luca, 54 miles off Chincoteague Island.
Coast Guard spokesman Lt. James Higgins said he had no information to dispute the story. He said a team from the training ship Eagle was unable to keep the boat afloat when it responded Tuesday night to the distress call.
"They had hooked a 15-foot, 1,000-pound blue marlin that charged the boat, knocking a hole in the side below sea level," said Steve Reddish, captain of the fishing boat Mak-Atak, which went to the rescue. "It is amazing to have a fish sink a boat. This is the first time I've heard of that, other than in the movies. This was a hell of a fish."
Fishermen have caught marlin up to 15 feet long and weighing as much as 1,500 pounds. Their upper jaws are sharp-edged and strong, and measure almost half as long as the body.
The fishermen were not identified. They returned to the vessel yesterday to salvage personal gear.
Two men were shot to death early today and last night in Southwest and West Baltimore.
No arrests have been made. Police said they have no motive for the slayings.
At 11:30 p.m., Southwestern District police found the body of a man in the 3000 block of Lyttleton Road near Rosedale Street.
Police said the victim, Tony Alexander Jackson, also known as Tony Williams, 24, of the 2700 block of E. Jefferson St. in East Baltimore, was shot once.
Shortly after 3 a.m. today, the body of a man was found near a playground in the 1600 block of Bakbury Court by uniformed Western District officers responding to a report of a shooting.
The area is known for heavy drug trafficking, police said, but it was not known if narcotics played a role in the man's death.
A witness told police he saw three men running from the scene.
Police have asked the city state's attorney to determine if a 13-year-old youth should be charged as an adult in the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old man.
The youngster, of the 1700 block of E. Eager St., surrendered to homicide detectives Tuesday and was charged as a juvenile with murder, said Sam Ringgold, a police spokesman.
The juvenile is being held at the Waxter Children's Center.
The victim, James Moore of the 1900 block of E. Madison St., was slain about 5 p.m. Sunday in the 900 block of McDonogh St.
The youth told investigators he shot the man during an argument over a debt, police said.
Anne Arundel County:
The school board yesterday unanimously appointed C. Berry Carter II as the new county school superintendent.
"I'm a little bit overwhelmed, but I certainly accept your offer," Mr. Carter told board members after receiving a standing ovation from staff members and parents in the board room. "I will continue to try and do what I perceive is best for the enhancement and the advancement of the children of Anne Arundel County."
Mr. Carter, who has spent 38 years with the county school system, including the last 18 as deputy superintendent, was the clear choice of those attending two public hearings held during the spring. He was named acting superintendent for a third time in his 18 years as deputy following the February resignation of Larry L. Lorton.
The selection was believed to have come down to a choice between Mr. Carter and Assistant Superintendent Cheryl Wilhoyte. Board members refused to confirm or deny a split decision.
The board had until today to appoint a new superintendent for the next four years.
County Executive Roger B. Hayden today named H. Grant Hathaway, chairman of Maryland National Bank and Vice Chairman of MNC Financial, Inc., as chairman of the Economic Development Commission.
Mr. Hathaway, 64, of Ruxton, said his first task will be to end the months of turmoil involving the commission, and to help Mr. Hayden choose a new commission director to replace Kenneth C. Nohe, who resigned after only seven months in the post. Mr. Hathaway himself is replacing A. Samuel Cook, a lawyer who resigned as commission chairman April 29.
The 24-member county commission has 12 vacancies. Mr. Hayden said he plans to fill them quickly, and will choose a new director in the next several months.
Artrain, the nation's only museum train, is at the old B&O Railroad Station in Aberdeen today through Sunday.
The train has five cars. Three gallery cars house the museum exhibit, while a studio car features demonstration artists. The caboose is for staff.
Artrain's current exhibit, "Treasures of Childhood: 150 Years of American Toys," features the Lawrence Scripps Wilkinson collection of toys.
The toys date from the 19th century to the present.
Visitors can tour the train from noon to 8 p.m. each day. Admission is free, although donations are requested.
The exhibit is sponsored by the Aberdeen Centennial Committee, the Discover Harford County Tourism Council and MARC.