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Unions endorse former Del. Cole for 11th District council seat

William Cole, a former state delegate who is running for City Council in the 11th District, picked up several union endorsements yesterday, according to his campaign and interviews with union officials.

Cole, who lives in Reservoir Hill, was endorsed by the United Auto Workers Local 239 and the Baltimore Building & Construction Trades Council, which represents 15 labor organizations.

"Cole has been in the trenches with us before -- he has shown that he can be open-minded and fair," Rod Easter, president of the trades council, said in a statement. "His experience in state and federal government will be an asset to this city."

Cole served one term in the House of Delegates and was a member of the House Judiciary Committee. He was appointed in 1999 to fill the term vacated by District Judge Timothy D. Murphy, then lost in 2002 after legislative redistricting.

The 11th District council seat will be open in the fall election because the current councilman, Keiffer J. Mitchell Jr., is running for mayor. The district includes downtown, the Inner Harbor and several neighborhoods in the central city.

John Fritze


: Sentencing

Life plus 25 years imposed in shooting

Convicted of shooting a woman in the abdomen and in the arm during an argument two years ago, Antonio Dana Rogers was sentenced yesterday to life plus 25 years in prison. The first five are to be served without parole.

A Baltimore jury convicted Rogers, 28, of the 100 block of Cherry Hill Road in June of attempted first-degree murder and several weapons counts. He was accused of shooting Natisha Tanzymore twice Aug. 23, 2005, as she walked in the 2000 block of McCulloh St. toward the 400 block of W. Presstman St. in West Baltimore.

Several witnesses identified Rogers as the shooter. The prosecutor said Tanzymore has endured 14 surgeries because of the shooting. Circuit Judge Allen L. Schwait imposed the sentence yesterday morning in Baltimore Circuit Court.

Julie Bykowicz


N.C. utility worker is electrocuted

An employee of a North Carolina electric company doing work for Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. was killed yesterday while doing repair work on an overhead power line in Southeast Baltimore.

A spokesman for the subcontractor identified the man as Michael Toney, 33, of Forest City, N.C.

About noon, Toney was in a work bucket attached to a boom above a truck owned by Pike Electric Co. of Mount Airy, N.C., and working in a commercial area in the 6400 block of Holabird Ave. when his back touched wires carrying 4,000 to 8,000 volts, said Roy Fullen, a general foreman for the company.

Fullen said Toney, an electrician for about 15 years, was immediately knocked to the floor of the bucket, which was quickly lowered to the ground by fellow workers.

Chief Kevin Cartwright, a spokesman for the city Fire Department, said medics arrived moments later and pronounced Toney dead at the scene.

Cartwright said Toney was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

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