Three questioned in City Hall investigation

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The state prosecutor's office questioned at least three people yesterday in its investigation into contracting practices at City Hall, including Patrick Turner, president of Turner Development Group, which is developing a residential community called Silo Point in South Baltimore.

Turner arrived at the grand jury room at the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse about 2 p.m. He left about an hour later. He told a reporter that he was "speaking with someone" in the jury room. He declined to give any further details.

Two other unidentified witnesses testified before jurors. They were accompanied by Deputy City Solicitor Donald R. Huskey, who is representing some city employees who have received subpoenas from the state prosecutor as part of a probe that appears to focus on the actions - public and private - of Mayor Sheila Dixon.

State Prosecutor Robert A. Rohrbaugh attended the afternoon session. He was accompanied by Deputy State Prosecutor Thomas M. McDonough and Special Agent John C. Poliks. The men declined to comment on the investigation at City Hall or the agenda for the grand jury.

Last week, Rohrbaugh's office issued a flurry of subpoenas, including seven to current or former city employees. Two other subpoenas went to noncity employees, but those individuals were not identified by the prosecutor. Subpoenaed city employees worked for Dixon when she was City Council president or after she was elected mayor.

Members of the grand jury serve for four months. These grand jurors were selected in May and will serve through August.

A man who is serving on the grand jury said that some jurors are excited about delving into the City Hall probe. Others were tired of it because many of them had heard a lot about it from newspapers and television news, said the man, who declined to give his name. Testimony before the grand jury is expected to resume this afternoon.

lynn.anderson@baltsun.com

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