City / County Digest

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

November 08, 2006

Tugboat firm sues widow over accident in Patapsco

The owner of a tugboat involved in an accident with a fishing vessel in the Patapsco River in January has sued the widow of the deceased fishing boat's captain in federal court in Baltimore.

The Jan. 17 accident occurred about 2 p.m. near the Key Bridge, according to the Coast Guard. Authorities said the fishing boat captain, Vincent Lee Jordan Sr., 56, died and two others in his boat, including his son, were hospitalized.

None of the crew aboard the tug, the Richard M. Lowry, was injured. In court papers, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. of Staten Island, N.Y., which owns the tug, blames Jordan for the accident because, in part, he is alleged to have been drinking while operating his vessel, the Linda Lee.

The tug company said it is suing for damages, which exceeded $250,000. The lawsuit was first reported in yesterday's Maryland Daily Record.

A lawyer for Great Lakes did not return a message for comment yesterday. A person who picked up the phone at the home of the widow, Linda Lee Jordan, would not comment.

Yesterday, Lt. Isaac Saenz, a Coast Guard spokesman, said that the cause of the accident is under investigation.

Matthew Dolan

Baltimore: Grants

Applications taken for aid organizations

A local board of government and nonprofit agency representatives is accepting grant applications from organizations that provide emergency food and shelter programs in the city. The grant money could total $400,000, and the average last year was $12,000. To be eligible for the money from the Baltimore City Emergency Food and Shelter Program, organizations must be private and nonprofit or part of city government; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; and demonstrate the ability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter. Contact Stefanie Rye for an application - due Nov. 16 - at 410-895-1468.

Education

NAACP to offer college-prep day

Today is the registration deadline for the NAACP's 10th annual National Day of College Preparation. The Baltimore-area event - set for 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Milford Mill Academy - will include practice SAT tests, as well as an evaluation of the results, diagnostics and test strategies, provided by the Princeton Review Foundation. Random House has donated test preparation books for distribution, and a session on admissions and financial aid will be held as part of the event. To register, go to www.naacp. org and click on SAT Prep Day.

Canton

Police identify body found off marina

A man whose body was recovered late Sunday morning from the waters at a marina off the 2600 block of Boston St. in Canton has been identified as Edward A. Tyson, 65, who lived aboard his boat moored there, Baltimore police said. The cause of Tyson's death had not been determined by the state medical examiner's office, but police said it did not appear to involve foul play. Tyson's son went to the marina about 10:30 a.m. Sunday and notified police when he was unable to find his father.

Public works

Fall cleanup drew 3,200 volunteers

The recent citywide fall cleanup drew more than 3,200 volunteers from 168 communities and removed 379 tons of debris from streets, gutters, vacant yards and alleys, according to the Department of Public Works. City crews, with help from Baltimore County workers, participated. They cleared storm drains, removed graffiti, cut grass, trimmed trees and went after rats. Public works officials say that since 2000, more than 55,000 residents have helped clean up neighborhoods, removing a total of 16,727 tons of trash and debris.

Education

College offers shortcut to degrees

An information session on the Accelerated College and Weekend College programs at the College of Notre Dame is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday on the school's campus, 4701 N. Charles St. The programs offer an opportunity for part-time students to earn bachelor's degrees in such subjects as nursing, business and elementary education in 2 1/2 or three years. Weekend College, also a part-time program, offers undergraduate degrees in a variety of majors. For more information, or to make a reservation for the information session, call 410-532-5500 or go to www.ndm.edu.

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