In Baltimore City
1,500 Md. employees to return today after Schaefer tower fixes
An unusually long holiday weekend will end today for more than 1,500 state employees at the 27-story William Donald Schaefer tower, which had been closed since midafternoon Wednesday because of a malfunction in its sprinkler system.
A new sprinkler pump and motor were flown to Baltimore from Illinois for the repairs, which were completed over the weekend, according to the state Department of General Services.
The city Fire Department recommended that the building at 6 St. Paul St. be evacuated and kept closed to workers as a safety precaution until the repairs were made. The Schaefer tower houses 17 state agencies.
Work crews continue clearing sewer pipe
Crews working to unclog a blocked sewer pipe that spilled more than 60 million gallons of raw sewage into the Gywnns Falls in West Baltimore installed extra bypass lines yesterday to handle the rain as they continued clearing debris from the 39-inch pipe.
Kurt Kocher, a spokesman for the Baltimore Department of Public Works, said the crews have cleared debris from 200 feet of the blocked pipe but must keep going. Yesterday's rain didn't lead to more spills, he said.
The leak became apparent May 22, but its exact location wasn't determined until May 25. The bypass lines are diverting sewage through a large hose that extends two blocks near Braddish Avenue and Winchester Street.
Truck's fuel spill shuts I-95 lanes for four hours
A tractor-trailer rig jackknifed yesterday afternoon in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95, about 1 1/2 miles north of the Fort McHenry Tunnel, closing the road for nearly four hours during a cleanup of spilled fuel, Maryland Transportation Authority Police said.
The accident happened at 2:20 p.m. just past the Eastern Avenue exit. Slippery road conditions because of rain were the likely cause, police said. A car clipped the truck, but no injury resulted from the accident, police said.
Most of the highway's northbound lanes were closed until 6 p.m. Holiday traffic backed up for about six miles.
In Baltimore County
Pikesville concert series to begin with jazz Sunday
PIKESVILLE - Jazz musician Carl Filipiak will kick off the Pikesville Summer Concert Series on Sunday.
Other concerts in the series will feature Stephen Glasser and William Millner playing show tunes, Yiddish songs and opera July 18; and Shades of Blue playing big band and swing tunes Aug. 15.
The concerts, sponsored by the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Pikesville High School auditorium. Tickets are $5.
Police golf fund-raiser scheduled for June 21
TOWSON - The Police Department will sponsor a golf tournament June 21 to benefit its Police Athletic League. The scramble-captain's choice event will start at 8 a.m. with check-in at Wetlands Golf Club in Aberdeen.
The cost is $85, which includes greens fees, a cart, meals, dinner prizes and refreshments on the course.
Deadline to enter is June 18. Make checks payable to Baltimore County PAL Board, 700 E. Joppa Road, Towson 21286. Information: 410-887-5892.
Bartenfelder to address civic council tomorrow
MIDDLE RIVER - Sixth District Councilman Joseph Bartenfelder will speak to the Essex Middle River Civic Council at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow about development in the area.
The meeting will be held at the Victory Villa Community Center on Compass Road. Information: 410-335-5834.