October 05, 2007

Blasting caps found on Ocean City beach

Ocean City authorities are warning beachgoers after blasting caps were found on the beach, according to the city's office of the fire marshal.

Nonelectric blasting caps were found Tuesday and Wednesday, said Fire Marshal Sam Villani, who is also the bomb squad commander. They appeared to have washed in with the tide, he said. The small devices, which can be dangerous when handled, provide the shock that helps detonate a larger explosive.

Authorities were alerted to the first cap by people walking the beach, and the beach patrol found the second one on the high tide line, Villani said.

Villani said he was worried that people might have stolen the caps from a blasting site, but he had not confirmed any such theft locally or determined where the caps came from.

For now, "the beach patrol is scouring the beach, as are the police officers," in case more blasting caps surface, Villani said. Anyone who finds one of the devices, he said, should call 911.

Arin Gencer

Washington Co.

: Hagerstown

Age discrimination in hiring is alleged

A Hagerstown business refused to hire a 60-year-old Clear Spring man because of his age, the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission alleges in a federal lawsuit.

Clarence Stottlemyer claims he interviewed April 2 for a job at Hub Labels Inc., a privately owned label-manufacturing firm, and was assumed to be unable to do the heavy lifting required, EEOC lawyer Debra Lawrence told the Herald-Mail of Hagerstown for an article published yesterday. Stottlemyer is seeking a job at the plant with back pay and an order requiring the company to train employees in laws prohibiting age discrimination.

Company officials declined to comment on the lawsuit because they had not received a summons, the Herald-Mail reported.

The complaint was filed Sept. 26 in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

Lawrence said a shift supervisor at the plant refused Stottlemyer's offer to prove he could lift in excess of 40 pounds, as required by the job.

Associated Press

Baltimore County

: Catonsville

Energy efficiency contract approved

A state board has approved using $27.7 million for an energy efficiency performance contract at a Catonsville hospital, with all the costs covered by energy-related savings, state officials said.

It is estimated that the project would save Spring Grove Hospital Center more than $36 million over 13 years.

The contract with NORESCO LLC of Fairfax, Va. was approved by the Board of Public Works on Wednesday.

The project is part of Gov. Martin O'Malley's EmPOWER Maryland initiative, which aims to reduce the state's energy consumption by 15 percent by 2015.

The project is expected to cut the hospital's annual energy cost by 48 percent. It includes the replacement of the main heating plant and steam heating system with the installation of 33 new boilers.

It also includes other heating and air-conditioning equipment in 38 buildings; a new energy management system; and the replacement or retrofitting of more than 1,100 light fixtures.

Associated Press

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