Union joins fight against NordstromANNAPOLIS -- Local 400...

MARYLAND/REGIONAL BRIEFS

December 01, 1992

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY ANNAPOLIS — Union joins fight against Nordstrom

ANNAPOLIS -- Local 400 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, which represents employees of the Annapolis Woodward & Lothrop store, has joined the fight against construction of a Nordstrom store at the nearby Annapolis Mall.

An official of the union said it wants to stop the Seattle-based upscale retailer from opening because the new development would harm the environment and worsen traffic congestion, and because Nordstrom has been accused of mistreating its workers.

C. James Lowthers, secretary/treasurer for the local and a 10-year Annapolis resident, said the challenge is not a cooperative effort with Woodward & Lothrop Inc., which has been waging its own battle -- so far unsuccessfully -- to halt mall expansion on environmental grounds.

Carroll agency seeks training, equipment

CARROLL COUNTY

WESTMINSTER

WESTMINSTER -- The chairman of Carroll County's Local Emergency Planning Committee told the county commissioners yesterday that Carroll needs training and equipment for "first responders" to emergency hazardous materials calls.

Chairman Mike Rehfeld cited the recent Lehigh Cement incident in Union Bridge in which six employees were overcome by fumes and the leaking of benzene fumes into the basement of a Manchester home as he asked the commissioners for money to accomplish the committee's planning and training goals.

Mr. Rehfeld, a firefighter who is one of the few in the county trained to handle hazardous materials, said it is imperative that all first responders -- firefighters and medic crews -- be thoroughly trained to handle hazardous material situations that may occur in the county.

He said that the transportation of industrial products through Carroll County "is our biggest threat" and added, "We don't know what is running through the area. In many cases, the only warning is a 'dangerous' sign on a tank truck on the highway and this does not tell us the exact contents.

"We now depend on the Fort Detrick [U.S. Army] HazMat unit to cover any incident in Carroll County, and that can take up to an hour or longer to respond because of the distance involved."

Abingdon man killed in traffic accident

HARFORD COUNTY

ABINGDON

ABINGDON -- An Abingdon man was killed early yesterday in a single-car accident that police attributed to speed and alcohol.

Harford County sheriff's Deputy DeWayne Curry said Patrick Joseph Osullivan, 25, of the 3600 block of Woodsdale Road was driving south on Woodsdale about 2:25 a.m. when his Toyota MR2 went through a barrier and into the air for about 60 feet. The car landed on its roof in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 near the Route 24 ramp.

The driver was pronounced dead at Fallston General Hospital.

Police reported finding alcohol in the car.

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