The World Trade Center will remain closed...


The World Trade Center will remain closed to all but essential personnel today because elevator service is limited and it lacks heat , Maryland Port Administration officials said.

A small electrical fire Friday on the 28th floor of the 30-story Inner Harbor building prompted the evacuation of about 70 tenants, their employees and visitors, MPA officials said.

Anyone with questions can call 410-633-1066, a 24-hour hot line established by MPA. Agency officials will decide today whether the building will reopen tommorow.

One man dead, one wounded in shooting near restaurant

A shooting Sunday night in Northwest Baltimore left one man dead and another wounded, police said yesterday.

Police said that after two men armed with guns walked into the crowded Chinese Wok carryout restaurant in the 5100 block of Park Heights Ave. about 9 p.m., customers ran from the store. The gunmen chased the victims along the street, firing their weapons.

Frank James Robertson Jr., 23, of the 4100 block of Fairfax Road in West Baltimore was shot several times in the back and pronounced dead at the scene. Police said his companion, Michael Antonio Blake, 28, of West Baltimore was also shot in the back and was in stable condition at Sinai Hospital yesterday.

Two brothers indicted in fatal stabbings of 3

Two brothers have been indicted in the fatal stabbings of two men and a woman in a rowhouse in the 4600 block of Park Heights Ave. in Northwest Baltimore on Sept. 27, city State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy announced yesterday.

Tony Ratchford, 35, and Donnell Ratchford, 36, both of the 4500 block of Derby Manor Road are charged with three counts of first-degree murder each in the deaths of Craig H. Cully, 38, Willie R. Howard, 39, and Ophelia E. Henson, 49.

The Ratchfords are being held without bail at the Baltimore City Detention Center and are scheduled for arraignment Jan. 28.

Man's body found in Southeast Baltimore

Police were investigating the apparent homicide of a man who was found unconscious by a friend about 4: 10 p.m. yesterday in a dwelling in the 400 block of N. East Ave. in Southeast Baltimore.

The man, whose identity was withheld pending notification of relatives, died at Church Hospital at 4: 49 p.m., said Detective Kathy Kline. She said the body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

PIKESVILLE -- Maryland State Police are searching for a Dundalk teen-ager who escaped from a juvenile detention facility in Frederick last week. Police have a warrant for the arrest of Michael K. Beers, 16, whose last known address was the 8100 block of Mid Haven Road.

He is charged as an adult with escape, assault and illegal use of a handgun, according to state police, who said Beers left Victor nTC Cullen Center in Sabillasville on Dec. 1 when an unknown man drove up firing shots into the air. During the commotion, Beers escaped in the man's car, police said.

Police described Beers as white, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 140 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. They believe he may be in the Essex or Dundalk areas. Anyone with information should call state police at 301-663-3101.

Clothing drive yield doubled, will aid Baltimore homeless


BROOKLANDVILLE -- A clothing drive conceived and directed by a senior at St. Paul's School has doubled its yield in its second holiday season of helping Baltimore homeless shelters.

"We got buried in clothing," said Robert M. Paymer, 17. "It was unreal -- conservatively, 200 trash bags full. We had 100 last year. Good warm winter clothes: suits, jackets, lots of women's and children's stuff. Everybody at the shelters was really grateful."

The shelters are Maryland Homeless Veterans Inc., Brown's Memorial Community Outreach Shelter, South Baltimore Homeless Shelter, Centro de la Communidad Inc., Joseph House and others.

Seminar on Alzheimer's to be held in Pikesville


PIKESVILLE -- A free seminar will be offered on Alzheimer's disease from 6: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Thursday at the Pikesville Hilton, 1726 Reisterstown Road.

Gerontologist Mary Lucero will discuss Alzheimer-related behaviors and methods for caregiving. Sponsored by Arden Courts ManorCare Health Services, adult care will be provided by qualified staff while caregivers attend the seminar. Reservations are recommended. Information: 410-415-5600.

Pub Date: 12/09/97

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