MARC wants help for late games
The operator of the MARC commuter train line that provides service to Oriole games at Camden Yards is asking state government for help when games run late.
CSX Transportation Inc. recently left 85 fans stranded until dawn because of a late-running game.
"The [riders] certainly will not be abandoned," CSX spokesman Jay Westbrook told the Washington Post yesterday. "But we will require additional support . . . possibly in the form of buses or other means of transportation."
Maryland officials said they could not comment until Gov. William Donald Schaefer returns from the Democratic Convention. Mr. Schaefer recently issued a gag order requiring state officials to get his approval before releasing information on any topic.
Mr. Westbrook said CSX expects to reach at least a tentative agreement with state officials before the next home game, July 23.
CSX operates service to and from Oriole games using three commuter trains on two lines. An average of 1,150 fans a game have relied on the trains.
Eighty-five fans were stranded at 2:25 a.m. July 7 when a MARC train stopped between stations after a 14-inning game because the engineer reached the federal 12-hour shift limit. A relief crew arrived an hour and 44 minutes later.
CSX officials apologized and offered refunds to the riders. The company also ordered front-line supervisors to remain on duty until the last commuter train has completed its run, Mr. Westbrook said.
Two city firefighters received minor injuries while fighting a one-alarm blaze in a vacant rowhouse in the 2200 block of Frederick Ave. early today.
Firefighters Samuel Vick and Samuel Burell were treated at Mercy Medical Center and released, Fire Department spokesman Capt. Hector Torres said. Both firefighters have been put off duty.
Mr. Burell received minor burns and Mr. Vick a knee injury when a piece of equipment struck his leg, the captain said.
Twenty-nine firefighters and 10 units responded to the 3 a.m. blaze. The three-story house was occupied by several vagrants, Captain Torres said. None was injured.
Investigators have classified the fire, which started in a second-floor front room, as suspicious, Captain Torres said.
Anthony Long, 16, the last of five shooting victims wounded near Odell's nightclub early Monday, was released Tuesday night from Johns Hopkins Hospital after treatment for a gunshot wound in the left arm.
The shooting occurred just after 2 a.m., as about 450 young people were leaving Odell's at 21 E. North Ave., police said.
Anne Arundel County:
A 22-year-old Severn man has been sentenced to two years in prison for trying to arrange a contract murder -- despite relenting a bit later.
Michael L. Tyler pleaded guilty to soliciting the murder of a police informant over drinks with undercover police officers he believed were drug dealers.
Tyler originally had been sentenced to four years, but Anne Arundel County prosecutor Warren W. Davis III agreed to a plea bargain Monday because Tyler has cerebral palsy and epilepsy and tried to stop the plot.
Defense attorney Pamela North said her client normally does not drink because of his medication. After he sobered up, he called the undercover officer and said he did not want the murder committed.
Ms. North said the would-be victim had beaten Tyler as a child and taunted him because of his illness.
Tyler only discussed the murder once and no money changed hands, officials said. He also never gave a description of the target or how to find him, Mr. Davis said.
The state has levied more than $42,000 in fines against two men in charge of digging a 12-foot trench that caved in four months ago, killing a 32-year-old man who lived in a backyard trailer at the Crownsville site.
One of the penalties, $30,500 for not shoring up the 200-foot trench, may be the largest the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health office has levied for one safety violation since the maximum fines rose in January.
In that one violation, the state said Rodger and Arthur Myers willfully neglected to protect the trench from caving in, burying Aaron Roger "Skip" Duckworth alive.
Four other violations, called serious, each brought $3,050 in fines. They ranged from employees not being trained about cave-in hazards to not providing a way to escape, such as a ladder.
Commuters fighting traffic on U.S. 50 now have another battle on their hands, especially if they use Md. 3 to Crofton or Gambrills.
Since construction on the interchange at Md. 3 and U.S. 50 began yesterday, drivers who want to head north on Md. 3 from the John Hanson Highway -- renamed the "Capital Corridor" -- will have to take a detour.
It is part of the eight-year project to upgrade U.S. 50 between Washington and Annapolis to interstate standards. Work on the $31 million Md. 3 interchange has been awarded to Dewey Jordan Inc. of Frederick. The entire U.S. 50 project is to be done next year.