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Two workers rescued off Sandy Point

Two employees of a marine construction firm were rescued yesterday evening after their boat was blown against the rocks of a jetty off Sandy Point State Park, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department reported.

The men were pushing a 30-foot barge holding a pile driver, when their 18-foot outboard lost power. The wind blew the vessels against the rocks of a jetty bordering the entrance to the park, said Battalion Chief Matthew Tobia, the spokesman.

He said the incident occurred 400 to 500 yards from shore and almost directly under the twin spans of the Bay Bridge.

Tobia said both men were wearing life preservers and remained in the boat as it filled with water while stuck on the rocks before the crew of a county fireboat took them off the stricken vessel. "They never had to go over side and into the chilly water," Tobia said.

He said the Coast Guard took control of the swamped boat and that the barge was to be removed by its owner, Chessie Marine Construction.

Richard Irwin


: Key Highway

Police subdue pair after auto chase

Baltimore police subdued two men and arrested them at gunpoint yesterday after a car chase that began in East Baltimore and ended on Key Highway near the Inner Harbor.

The men were wanted on handgun charges, and during the chase they appeared to throw suspected crack cocaine from the vehicle, police said.

The arrests were made while a police helicopter flew above the vehicle and advised ground units of the car's location.

Handgun and multiple traffic violations were pending, police said.

Police said the chase began about 5 p.m. on East Monument Street. The driver went south through the Harbor Tunnel and exited on South Hanover Street. The chase ended about 6 p.m. after the vehicle got caught in traffic at Key Highway and Webster Street near the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Officers in a pursuing vehicle rushed to the stopped car, subdued the occupants and arrested them. No weapons were recovered, police said.

Richard Irwin

Fire union

Sledgeski is set to take the reins

The secretary-treasurer of the city's fire union is set to be named its next president after no other candidates entered the race at a union meeting last night. Bob Sledgeski has served on the executive board of Fire Fighters Local 734 for more than 20 years and will run unopposed for the presidency. Sledgeski will replace Richard G. Schluderberg, president for the past 10 years. The union, which had opened the floor for nominations at its past two meetings, will officially vote Sledgeski into office in May, Schluderberg said.

"He's extremely qualified," Schluderberg said of Sledgeski.


College holding open house today

Baltimore City Community College will hold its spring open house from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at the Liberty Campus Physical Education Center, 2901 Liberty Heights Ave.

Throughout the afternoon, representatives will assist prospective students with admissions, financial aid, selection of academic programs and strategies for doing well in school.

Information: 410-462-8300.

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