City/county Digest


July 13, 2006

OSHA investigates city plant worker's death

The Maryland Occupation, Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death Tuesday of an assistant plant manager of a South Baltimore contracting firm after he became trapped inside a conveyor machine, city police said.

Raymond Lawrence Walk, 39, of the 8000 block of Wynbrook Road in North Point was performing routine maintenance work about 2 p.m. on a conveyor machine at P. Flanigan & Sons, in the 2100 block of Annapolis Road in Westport, when he became trapped and suffered head injuries, police said.

A second employee, who had been unable to contact Walk on a portable radio, entered the area and found him trapped between the conveyor system and a metal frame, police said.

Walk was pronounced dead shortly after 3 p.m. at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

Richard Irwin

Baltimore: Federal court

16 months imposed in immigration case

A 30-year-old man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Baltimore and was sentenced to 16 months in prison for immigration document fraud, the U.S. attorney's office announced. Oscar Cervantes-Alverez of Baltimore was arrested by city police April 17 after officers tried to talk with him and he threw a rolled dollar bill containing marijuana to the ground, prosecutors said. A subsequent search revealed that the man had four counterfeit Social Security cards, two counterfeit resident alien cards and one counterfeit alien employment authorization card. Each of the cards had Cervantes-Alvarez's name and photo on them, but someone else's Social Security number, prosecutors said.

Baltimore: Renewal project

P & J Contracting gets demolition job

East Baltimore Development Inc. has chosen P & J Contracting Co. Inc. to manage the demolition of 500 vacant properties near Johns Hopkins Hospital. P & J competed against two other firms for the $8 million contract. In April, EBDI broke ground for a $120 million building in the new biotech park slated for the area. It was the first phase of an extensive urban renewal project, an 80-acre development that will take more than a decade to complete and cost about $1.2 billion. EBDI is a nonprofit organization managing the revitalization project.

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