82-year-old victim of house fire identifiedBALTIMORE -- An...


January 03, 1993|By From Staff Reports

BALTIMORE CITY — 82-year-old victim of house fire identified

BALTIMORE -- An 82-year old man who collapsed and died during a fire at his Northeast Baltimore home has been identified as Philip G. Reisinger.

Firefighters were called to Mr. Reisinger's home in the 4600 block of Luerssen Ave. shortly past 4 p.m. Friday because of a smoky fire that apparently began in a kitchen electrical outlet. Mr. Reisinger was apparently trying to clear the house of smoke when he collapsed.

Damage to the house and its contents was estimated at $7,000.

Stranded seal suffered shotgun wounds


BALTIMORE -- An examination and X-rays of a harbor seal brought to Baltimore's National Aquarium from Virginia last week turned up at least 17 shotgun pellets embedded in its head, according to David Schofield, the aquarium mammalogist.

The 4 1/2 -foot-long seal was eating well, but having trouble seeing its food -- apparently because of a shotgun pellet that is visible near the surface of one eye, Mr. Schofield said.

A veterinary ophthalmologist will be called in this week to determine if the seal's vision is beyond repair. More X-rays will be taken of the seal's body to determine whether other pellets are present.

The seal was found stranded Monday at the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge in southern Virginia, and was treated for several days at the Virginia Marine Science Museum in Virginia Beach. After regaining some strength, the seal was brought by truck to the National Aquarium for a more detailed medical exam and treatment.

Mr. Schofield said the seal, at 112 pounds, was 40 pounds underweight. He said seals spend about 50 percent of their time out of water, and speculated that the seal was shot while on shore.

Florida man dies in Edgewood crash



EDGEWOOD -- A 64-year-old Florida man died yesterday morning after his car ran off the southbound lanes of the Kennedy Highway near Edgewood.

Salvatore Thomas Tobacco of Pompano Beach apparently suffered a heart attack while driving about 10 a.m. His wife, Helen, grabbed the steering wheel but was unable to control the car, which hit an exit ramp sign, traveled up an embankment and overturned.

Mr. Tobacco was pronounced dead a short time later at Fallston General Hospital.

Mrs. Tobacco was listed in stable condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Police arrest Canadian on liquor charges



HAGERSTOWN -- A Canadian truck driver's delivery of a trailer load of furniture has been delayed by his arrest outside Hagerstown, after police found hundreds of bottles of whiskey in his cab.

State police said Kenneth Ray McNeil of Reserve Mines, Nova Scotia, was arrested on Interstate 81, four miles north of Hagerstown, about an hour after he was allegedly seen loading the whiskey into the cab of his tractor-trailer on the Valley Mall parking lot Friday afternoon.

He was released on his personal recognizance after being charged with operating a commercial vehicle while in possession of alcohol, and failure to keep his log book up to date, police said.

State police Cpl. Robert Reid said 626 containers of whiskey -- about 161 gallons, valued at $7,000 -- were found in the sleeper cab of Mr. McNeil's tractor.

The rig -- including the whiskey and trailer full of furniture -- was held for evidence and further investigation by the Maryland Alcohol and Tobacco Tax unit of the state comptroller's office, according to the state police.

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