Pledges fall short of $100,000 goal
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra fell short of its $100,000 goal during its annual phone-a-thon yesterday, said Laurie Stroope, BSO director of annual fund raising.
The $80,000 raised was $20,000 less than last year's total. Ms. Stroope said she was unsure what caused the decline but that some former contributors to the orchestra were unable to make pledges this year because of financial difficulties in the weakening economy.
However, organizers said they were pleased with the money they raised and that they will make more telephone calls tonight in hopes of closing in on their goal.
More than 100 volunteers took phoned-in pledges in the lobby of the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall until 8 o'clock last night. The BSO is also trying to raise $2.6 million this year from corporations, foundations and individuals.
Another weekend fund-raising effort, the 20-hour United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland telethon hosted by WJZ-TV, exceeded its goal of surpassing last year's pledges.
Pledges totaled $1,050,022, about $40,000 more than last year.
Explosion, 2-alarm fire damage warehouse
A two-alarm arson fire that appeared deliberately set burned out an old inner-city warehouse building west of downtown Baltimore last night, sending flames 40 feet in the air after at least two explosions showered a nearby street with debris.
The one-story brick building in the 300 block of North Poppleton Street burned for about 50 minutes before firefighters could bring the blaze under control. Police, worried about the explosions, closed a five-square-block area to traffic.
No one was reported injured.
Fire Capt. John Griffith said that the building was being used as a garage and that gas tanks of vehicles inside exploded.
Captain Griffith said that there was evidence that arson was the cause and that witnesses saw three youths running from the building just before the fire started.
No arrests had been made last night.
Officer shoots dog that attacked man
A police officer shot and wounded a pit bulldog after it had attacked a man on a Northwest Baltimore sidewalk yesterday afternoon.
Officer Bernard Douglass shot the dog twice while standing on top of his patrol car after it menaced him and several children, according to police.
Police said Officer Douglass was on patrol when he saw a man in the 4900 block of Park Heights Avenue using the dog to threaten another man, identified as Arthur Long Jr. Officer Douglass chased the dog down Park Heights Avenue before shooting it. The injured dog was turned over to animal control officers.
Mr. Long, 26, was treated at Liberty Medical Center for bites on both legs.
Police said a warrant was obtained charging the dog's owner, Stover Stockman, 19, of the 1100 block of North Mount Street, with reckless endangerment and assault.
Guard blames wind for missed drop
Six Maryland National Guard paratroopers were "participating in a normal nighttime training exercise" when they missed their "drop zone," a spokesman said yesterday of the mishap that brought police and fire rescue units to the waters near the Edgewood Area of the Aberdeen Proving Ground Saturday night.
None of the six paratroopers was injured during the errant drop, although one who landed in the water was checked for possible hypothermia at Fallston General Hospital.
"They are all fine and in good shape," said Lt. Col. Howard O. Freedlander, the Guard spokesman.
The problem occurred about 8:30 p.m. as the soldiers were jumping near the Lauderick Creek weekend training site from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter flying at 15,000 feet, the spokesman said.
FOR THE RECORD
No one correctly matched the six numbers drawn Saturday night in the Maryland Lotto game, raising the jackpot for Wednesday to an estimated $2.5 million.
Lottery spokesman Carroll H. Hynson Jr. said 58 tickets matched five of the six numbers picked and were worth $1,234 each, while 3,253 tickets had four of the numbers and were worth $38 each. The winning numbers were 20-24-30-37-40-48.