OWINGS MILLS — A story in The Sun yesterday incorrectly identified Peter G. Angelos as an attorney for most of the defendants in an asbestos trial in Baltimore Circuit Court. In fact, Mr. Angelos is an attorney for most of the plaintiffs.
The Sun regrets the errors.
Two men are charged in fires at hospital
OWINGS MILLS -- Two men have been arrested in connection with two fires in Baltimore County early yesterday morning.
Mark Mathis, 22, of Reisterstown, and Michael Rogers, 20, of Baltimore, were charged with arson after a fire was set at the Rosewood Hospital Center in Owings Mills, said Bob Thomas, deputy state fire marshal.
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A one-story building on the hospital grounds was set ablaze at about 1 a.m., Mr. Thomas said. The building was undergoing asbestos removal and was vacant at the time.
The men have also been charged with setting a fire in a field in the area shortly before the hospital fire was discovered, Mr. Thomas said.
Mr. Mathis and Mr. Rogers face 20 years in prison if convicted on both charges.
6 companies remain as asbestos defendants
BALTIMORE -- Eight of the 14 companies sued in the giant asbestos trial in Baltimore Circuit Court now have reached settlements with plaintiffs who claim they were victims of the substance.
Five of those companies settled last week: the Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp., the National Gypsum Co., U.S. Gypsum Co., Quigley Co. and Armstrong World Industries Inc. As the case moves into closing arguments today, only six companies have not settled in the largest-ever asbestos litigation, which involves 8,555 cases.
Three companies had settled previously. Those remaining in the trial are GAF Corp., MCIC, Pittsburgh Corning Corp., Porter-Hayden Co., Keene Corp. and AC&S Inc.
Peter G. Angelos, an attorney representing most of the defendants in the consolidated trial, said yesterday that more defendants may settle before the case goes to the jury.
Paul Safchuck, president of the White Lung Association, an advocacy group for asbestos victims, said that the consolidation has caused more problems than it has solved.
"Some of us have waited 10 or 15 years -- going to hospitals and doctors with bills piling up, doctors refusing to treat us, because we can't pay and people are dying," he said.
TWo men struck, killed by train
ROSEDALE -- Two people drinking on railroad tracks in Baltimore County were struck and killed by a train early Saturday morning.
County police said Martin Horne, 25, of an unknown address, and Stephen Schuman, 23, of the 100 block of Yawmeter Drive in Essex, were pronounced dead at the scene.
The men were hit on the CSX tracks near Pulaski Highway and Schaeffer Road about 3:40 a.m.