BALTIMORE CITY — BSO, its musicians negotiating
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and its musicians are working toward a new contract to replace the pact that expired at midnight Saturday, both sides announced yesterday.
In a joint statement, the BSO players and management said "discussions are proceeding cooperatively," and that the orchestra would continue rehearsing and performing during negotiations.
Both sides have said they would not discuss specifics of the contract talks while negotiations are in progress.
The expiration of the BSO contract four years ago resulted in a five-month players' strike, which was the longest and most bitter in modern symphonic history.
The director of Baltimore's first Charm City Fair said last night that the event appeared to be a financial success, with more than 83,000 tickets sold over its three-day run on a parking lot opposite Memorial Stadium.
Jay Harris said he believes, after all the bills come in, that there will be a profit to donate to the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, the city Department of Recreation and Parks and community groups in the stadium neighborhood.
The fair was an effort by new commercial operators to revive an annual Baltimore tradition -- the City Fair -- under a new name.
The last City Fair was held last year. Its organizers -- Baltimore City Fair Inc. -- were unable to raise enough money to stage another fair this year after the event had fallen deeply into debt.
A 44-year-old Severn man was critically injured yesterday by a van that rolled down a grassy hill and struck him as he watched a softball game in Catonsville.
Gregory A. Reed of the 7800 block of Crossbay Drive was watching the game at Unger's Field, off the 2800 block of Oak Grove Ave., at 12:14 p.m. when he was struck, Baltimore County police said.
He was in critical condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center last night. Police said he had a possible fractured back.
The vehicle's owner, Tina M. Comma of Glen Burnie, had parked her 1988 Ford Aerostar van on a level parking lot above the softball field but left the van in neutral gear and did not apply the emergency brake, Officer Stephen Powell said.
Mrs. Comma went down the hill to watch the softball game and, about five minutes later, the van rolled down, Officer Powell said.
"It must have drifted slowly for awhile," he said. "As soon as it hit the slope, it just careened."
The officer said he would consult with the state's attorney's office to see if charges would be filed.
Five families were left homeless yesterday by an early morning electrical blaze that caused $150,000 in damage to a Middle River apartment building, Baltimore County fire officials said.
"The fire was ruled accidental by our investigators," said Lt. Richard Brooks, a fire department spokesman.
A malfunction in an electrical appliance was believed to be the cause, he said.
No one was injured in the two-alarm fire, which began about 1 a.m. at a three-story apartment building in the 9900 block of Berliner Place, in the Maple Crest complex.
Anne Arundel County
A 58-year-old Glen Burnie man, described as a good neighbor and regular at Sunday church services, has been sentenced to three years in prison on his conviction for sexually abusing three neighborhood boys he invited into his home.
Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. imposed the sentence Friday on Thomas Dalton Estes III.
The defendant entered an Alford plea Aug. 4 to one count of sexual child abuse and two counts of third-degree sex offense.
In an Alford plea, the defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges that the prosecution has enough evidence for a conviction. In exchange for the plea, three other charges against Estes were dropped.
The boys' parents said after the sentencing that they felt justice was served with Estes going to prison. But they also said no sentence would repair the damages to their lives.
"You can't take back what he's done. No amount of [prison] time would pay for that," one mother said.
Charges in two of the cases stem from several incidents between January 1990 and August 1991 when Estes molested two boys, now 7 and 10, at his house in the 500 block of Joy Circle. He also was convicted of molesting another boy, now 10, on at least 15 occasions between May 1990 and June 1991.
The murder trial of the second man charged with slaying a north Baltimore woman in a Hampstead cornfield was to begin today in the county Circuit Court.
Troy D. Shellington, 21, of the 3600 block of Cottage Ave. in Northwest Baltimore, was to appear for trial in the death of 74-year-old Margaret E. Cullen, whose body was found last August in a cornfield along Md. 30.
A Carroll County jury convicted Abras Morrison, 21, of the 6000 block of Lanette Road in Baltimore County, of first-degree murder and seven related charges Aug. 25.