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By Joe Nawrozki and Robert A. Erlandson and Joe Nawrozki and Robert A. Erlandson,SUN STAFF | December 12, 1995
A city prosecutor, a Baltimore County deputy fire chief and the president of the county firefighters' union all participated in a pyramid game that led to a yearlong criminal investigation by the state attorney general's office.Three grand jurors, who were interviewed on a condition that their names not be disclosed, identified the three participants as prosecutor Julie Day, Deputy Chief Thomas B. Mack and union President Kevin B. O'Connor.None was charged with any crime as a result of the investigation, which led to charges against three county firefighters, including one who pleaded guilty last week.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | September 2, 2001
Not too many 45-year-old firefighters can say they went to summer school at Harvard University. But Anne Arundel County Deputy Fire Chief John Robert Ray is one of them. "I was a regular college kid," said Ray, who spent three weeks on the Ivy League campus this summer as part of a program for senior executives in state and local government. Ray's acceptance to the prestigious program was recognized last week at an awards ceremony. "We really are very proud," said County Executive Janet S. Owens.
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By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF | September 2, 2001
Not too many 45-year-old firefighters can say they went to summer school at Harvard University. But Anne Arundel County Deputy Fire Chief John Robert Ray is one of them. "I was a regular college kid," said Ray, who spent three weeks on the Ivy League campus this summer as part of a program for senior executives in state and local government. Ray's acceptance to the prestigious program was recognized last week at an awards ceremony. "We really are very proud," said County Executive Janet S. Owens.
BUSINESS
By Paul Adams and Paul Adams,SUN STAFF | August 17, 2001
Allegations of cronyism at Baltimore-Washington International Airport spread from the executive offices to the airport's fire department yesterday after union firefighters claimed that they are being managed by politically connected friends of Gov. Parris N. Glendening who lack airport emergency experience. Local 1742 of the International Association of Fire Fighters took an overwhelming vote of no confidence in airport public safety administrators, saying they have put public safety at risk by not following proper emergency procedures on several occasions and by placing unqualified people on emergency equipment.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff | June 3, 1991
A Cumberland deputy fire chief is surprised that no one was seriously injured or killed in the raging fire that started after a tanker overturned and spilled 8,500 gallons of gasoline.Eight homes were destroyed but hundreds of residents were evacuated before the fire erupted on Saturday."That's a miracle," Deputy Chief Jerry Davis said yesterday."I've had large fires before," said Davis, a 25-year-veteran, "but this could have been more loss of life than we ever had if things didn't work out the way they did."
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November 18, 1991
A 5-year-old Northwest Baltimore girl was killed Saturday night when an illegal kerosene heater placed near her bed ignited a pile of clothing, authorities said yesterday.Firefighters found the body of Talia A. Boyd on the floor near her bed on the third floor of her family's home in the 3000 block of Chelsea Terrace.She apparently died of smoke inhalation, officials said.Talia's mother, Brenda Boyd, was the only other person in the house and escaped without injury when the one-alarm fire broke out shortly past 11 p.m.Firefighters extinguished the blaze in minutes, and it caused only about $5,000 in damage, officials said.
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By From Staff Reports | October 18, 1992
A 93-year-old West Baltimore woman died last night in a suspicious fire at her rowhouse near Druid Hill Park, city fire officials said.The victim's 83-year-old sister -- identified as Viola Trott -- suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to University Hospital for treatment.Acting Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Sisk said Carrie Pinder, of the 2300 block of Whittier Ave., died after the one-alarm blaze that began at 5:44 p.m. Firefighters on the scene said officials think the house might have been fire bombed.
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,Staff writer | February 1, 1991
County Executive Robert Neall yesterday appointed Deputy Police Chief Robert Russell as acting chief, while officials conduct a nationwide search for a replacement for outgoing Chief George Wellham III.Neall also appointed Paul C. Halgley, a deputy fire chief, as acting fire administrator. Former Fire Administrator Joseph M. Connell retired last week.Russell, who has been on the department for almost 25 years, willserve as chief for an indefinite period, said Neall spokeswoman Louise Hayman.
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By Roger Twigg | December 28, 1990
Fires will probably kill fewer people in Baltimore this year than in any other year since 1938, and fire officials see the relatively low death toll as hopeful evidence that a smoke-detector program begun in 1982 is beginning to prove its worth."
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By Jay Merwin and Jay Merwin,Evening Sun Staff | July 31, 1991
The piles of debris may have shrunk at the Granite stump dump, fire officials say, but they worry that where the stuff has been buried, it will provide fresh tinder for the fire that still smolders underground.Comparing aerial photographs of the site taken over the past few months, Chief Roy Kimmer of the Baltimore County fire prevention office said, "The pile has diminished greatly from that, but what we're worried about is where it went after that." And if it simply has been moved and covered with dirt, he said, "what bothers me is the fire may get underneath that pile."
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By David Nitkin and David Nitkin,SUN STAFF | February 5, 2000
The Baltimore County snowplow that cleared a path to the home of Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend wasn't the only public equipment used on private property during recent storms. A deputy fire chief was reprimanded this week for using a Fire Department truck to plow the private lane in Essex where he, his state assemblyman father and another family member live. "Obviously it was poor judgment on my part," said Deputy Chief Mark Weir. "I take full responsibility for what I did." On the night of Jan. 25, after the unexpected nor'easter that dumped more than a foot of snow across the Baltimore region, Weir drove to the fire station closest to his house, picked up a plow-equipped Chevrolet pickup truck designed to battle brush fires and used it to clear Weir Lane, about four miles away.
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By Joe Nawrozki and Robert A. Erlandson and Joe Nawrozki and Robert A. Erlandson,SUN STAFF | December 12, 1995
A city prosecutor, a Baltimore County deputy fire chief and the president of the county firefighters' union all participated in a pyramid game that led to a yearlong criminal investigation by the state attorney general's office.Three grand jurors, who were interviewed on a condition that their names not be disclosed, identified the three participants as prosecutor Julie Day, Deputy Chief Thomas B. Mack and union President Kevin B. O'Connor.None was charged with any crime as a result of the investigation, which led to charges against three county firefighters, including one who pleaded guilty last week.
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By Michael James and David Michael Ettlin and Michael James and David Michael Ettlin,Staff Writers Staff Writer Roger Twigg contributed to this article | May 18, 1993
All eight deputy chiefs in the Baltimore Fire Department have been given layoff notices as part of a "major organizational change" that may bring more internal shake-ups later, a city fire official said yesterday.The eight deputies, who are paid about $60,000 annually, were informed on Friday that they will be laid off effective June 30, said Capt. Hector L. Torres, a spokesman for the department.Four new assistant chief positions will be created in the department and will pay about $65,000, Captain Torres said.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Staff Writer | November 4, 1992
Like a wary St. George seeking to slay the fire-breathing dragon, Baltimore County and state officials are probing, watching and waiting to see if the stump dump fire they've quieted will burst through its new earthen blanket, or just slowly die.During a court hearing on the stubborn fire Monday, county fire officials and George Perdikakis, whose Maryland Environmental Service has been burying the fire, made it clear that, while progress has been made, the...
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By From Staff Reports | October 18, 1992
A 93-year-old West Baltimore woman died last night in a suspicious fire at her rowhouse near Druid Hill Park, city fire officials said.The victim's 83-year-old sister -- identified as Viola Trott -- suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to University Hospital for treatment.Acting Deputy Fire Chief Thomas Sisk said Carrie Pinder, of the 2300 block of Whittier Ave., died after the one-alarm blaze that began at 5:44 p.m. Firefighters on the scene said officials think the house might have been fire bombed.
NEWS
November 18, 1991
A 5-year-old Northwest Baltimore girl was killed Saturday night when an illegal kerosene heater placed near her bed ignited a pile of clothing, authorities said yesterday.Firefighters found the body of Talia A. Boyd on the floor near her bed on the third floor of her family's home in the 3000 block of Chelsea Terrace.She apparently died of smoke inhalation, officials said.Talia's mother, Brenda Boyd, was the only other person in the house and escaped without injury when the one-alarm fire broke out shortly past 11 p.m.Firefighters extinguished the blaze in minutes, and it caused only about $5,000 in damage, officials said.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Baltimore County Bureau of The Sun | August 13, 1991
Baltimore County fire officials plan to borrow sophisticated military-issue equipment this week to take aerial photos of the stump dump near Granite as another step toward extinguishing the pesky underground fires burning since Feb. 2.Fire officials yesterday also termed a weekend fire at the site in the 8700 block of Dogwood Road as suspicious.Deputy Fire Chief John O'Neill said that a heat-sensitive "imager" on loan to the fire department will be mounted on the county police helicopter Wednesday and flown over the site to take aerial photographs pinpointing the exact location of the underground "hot spots."
BUSINESS
By Paul Adams and Paul Adams,SUN STAFF | August 17, 2001
Allegations of cronyism at Baltimore-Washington International Airport spread from the executive offices to the airport's fire department yesterday after union firefighters claimed that they are being managed by politically connected friends of Gov. Parris N. Glendening who lack airport emergency experience. Local 1742 of the International Association of Fire Fighters took an overwhelming vote of no confidence in airport public safety administrators, saying they have put public safety at risk by not following proper emergency procedures on several occasions and by placing unqualified people on emergency equipment.
NEWS
By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,Baltimore County Bureau of The Sun | August 13, 1991
Baltimore County fire officials plan to borrow sophisticated military-issue equipment this week to take aerial photos of the stump dump near Granite as another step toward extinguishing the pesky underground fires burning since Feb. 2.Fire officials yesterday also termed a weekend fire at the site in the 8700 block of Dogwood Road as suspicious.Deputy Fire Chief John O'Neill said that a heat-sensitive "imager" on loan to the fire department will be mounted on the county police helicopter Wednesday and flown over the site to take aerial photographs pinpointing the exact location of the underground "hot spots."
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