Baltimore County Digest

Baltimore County Digest

April 13, 2006

2 construction workers injured at Essex site

Two men were listed in critical condition yesterday after a piece of construction equipment trapped the workers in a trench in Essex, Baltimore County fire officials said.

Juan Ortiz-Portillo, 35, and Salvador Flores-Sanoloval, 38, both of Hyattsville in Prince George's County, were working about 11:20 a.m in a trench at a construction site in the 800 block of Essex Ave. when the bucket on the back of a backhoe fell on them, authorities said.

It took 50 firefighters about 20 minutes to rescue the two men from the 15- to 18-foot-deep trench, said Elise Armacost, a spokeswoman for the Baltimore County Fire Department.

A team of Maryland Shock Trauma Center doctors treated the men at the scene, Armacost said. The men, employees of Reisterstown-based Gaines and Company, were flown to Shock Trauma, where they were listed in critical condition, hospital officials said.

Chris Bixby, a project manager for Gaines and Company, said Maryland Occupational Safety and Health officials are investigating the accident.

Nick Shields

Windsor Mill

Man's death probed as homicide

Baltimore County police are investigating the death of a Windsor Mill man as a homicide, authorities said yesterday.

Police identified the victim as Travis Sen Tell Taylor, 24, of the 2800 block of Scarborough Circle. Taylor was found dead in his home about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday by his girlfriend, police said. The woman, who had returned to the residence, found him dead in a stairway, police said.

The cause of death has not been determined, police said.

Nick Shields

Rodgers Forge

Apartment residents sue developers

Tenants of the Rodgers Forge Apartments have filed a $1 million lawsuit against developers who are converting the rental units into condominiums.

The lawsuit, filed last week in Baltimore County Circuit Court, alleges that the Annapolis-based developers, Triton Rodgers Forge LLC, should have given notice to the tenants of all 508 units about their conversion plans. About half of the tenants have been notified that their leases will expire, according to the lawsuit.

Tenants are being given the opportunity to buy their apartments, but all of them will have to move, even if only temporarily.

The suit also seeks a moratorium on rent increases for tenants who are paying $75 to $120 more per month for their apartments, according to court papers.

Doug Lashley, senior management director at Triton-Rodgers Forge LLC, declined to comment on the lawsuit.

In an interview earlier this year, Lashley had said that one reason the company didn't send notices terminating the leases of all tenants at once was so that renters would have an easier time finding nearby rental units, because they wouldn't all be looking at the same time.

Laura Barnhardt

Cromwell Valley

Park to hold Easter egg hunt

Cromwell Valley Park will hold an Easter egg hunt from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

The event, which includes egg hunts for various age groups, will be held at Sherwood Farm, 2002 Cromwell Bridge Road. Other events, including an Easter bonnet contest and hayrides, are also scheduled.

Information: 410-887-2503.


Job-training courses scheduled

The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks will hold its last two job-training courses in collaboration with the county Police Department Wednesday and April 21.

The course is a one-day, five-hour session for youths ages 14 to 18 that aims to build character and prepare teenagers for the working world. The final programs, developed by the National Youth Congress, are scheduled from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Benjamin Banneker Community Center, 163 Wesley Ave., Catonsville.

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