Cause of infant's death unknown after autopsy
BALTIMORE -- An autopsy performed on a 5-month-old Hampden boy found dead in his parents' car Saturday failed to determine the cause, a city police spokesman said yesterday.
Homicide detectives called the circumstances surrounding Jeremy Schaffer's death suspicious, but say no sign of foul play was apparent, said Sam Ringgold, the spokesman.
Police were told that the parents, April M. Schaffer, 21, and Stephen T. Johnston, 24, of the 400 block of W. 28th St. drove to Ms. Schaffer's aunt's home on Weldon Place with their son and parked outside, and called for help after discovering the baby was dead.
Mayor, commissioner observe 911 Day
BALTIMORE -- Observing 911 Day -- an occasion derived from the numerical form of Sept. 11 -- Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and his police commissioner visited the city Police Department's communications center yesterday to praise its workers while acknowledging problems in handling its load of calls.
About 1.7 million calls were received on the 911 emergency lines last year, with 150,000 forwarded to the Fire Department, 900,000 dispatched to patrol officers and the remaining 500,000 resolved by the center's operators, officials said.
"The people handling 911 calls in the city are doing an outstanding job," the mayor said. "It's the [computer] system that needs improving." Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier said it will take about 2 1/2 years to finish upgrading technology.
Convict who fled in '82 extradited to Md.
BALTIMORE -- A convicted killer who escaped from a state prison more than 10 years ago was extradited to Maryland yesterday from Washington state, where police tracked him down through pawn shop records after he sold a $75 saw.
Michael P. Tully, 44, was taken from BWI Airport to the state prison diagnostic center in Baltimore for evaluation to determine whether he should be placed in a maximum security prison.
Tully is charged with escape for leaving Baltimore in September 1982 while working as a plumber in a building across the street from the Maryland Penitentiary.
The former merchant seaman was sentenced to life in 1971 for bludgeoning a 68-year-old man with whom he had lived in the 100 block of S. Ann St.
Mother dead, son missing after boat accident
PLUM POINT -- A 79-year-old Talbot County woman was dead and her son missing yesterday after a boating accident on the Chesapeake Bay, authorities reported.
Jane Donner-Sweeney of Royal Oak was found in the waters off Plum Point in Calvert County shortly after 4 p.m., nearly a mile from the 19-foot Boston Whaler she shared with her missing son Michael Donner, 50, said Darryl Claggett, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police.
The Whaler was damaged and in full throttle, Mr. Claggett said. Police don't know whether the boat struck or was hit on the
Eastern Shore, he said.
Residents near Tilghman Island saw and heard a loud explosion around 4:30 a.m., and the boat may have drifted 8 to 10 miles to Plum Point, he said.
Cement company, union reach accord
UNION BRIDGE -- Lehigh Portland Cement Co. has reached a tentative contract with the union representing its workers, officials confirmed last week.
David Roush, manager of the Carroll County plant, said the accord was reached early Sept. 2, but he would not release details about the agreement with the United Paperworkers International Union.
Five Lehigh plants -- the others are in York, Pa.; Mitchell, Ind.; Leeds, Ala., and Cementon, N.Y. -- have been negotiating under the direction of a federal mediator for the two years.
Two teens to travel around world for year
ELLICOTT CITY -- Some people dream about seeing the world. Joshua Noppenberger, 18, of Catonsville and Chris Bolton, 19, of Ellicott City already have left.
The teen-agers took off Saturday for a yearlong, round-the-world trip.
The two have dug into their savings for their $30,000 global journey "to see everything while it's still there," Mr. Noppenberger said.