BALTIMORE — The state Medical Examiner's Office has ruled out alcohol as a factor in the drowning of a 18-year-old South Carroll High School graduateduring an illegal late-night swim June 23 with friends in Liberty Reservoir.
Paul Sumpter Marcum of Mount Airy had "a very, very smallamount, . . . a trace" of alcohol in his body, said Dr. Margarita Korell, an assistant medical examiner. She said there were no other apparent injuries.
Divers recovered the youth's body about an hour after he disappeared while swimming near the Morgan Run Bridge on Route 32.
Although state police at the Westminster barracks said the group of teen-agers had been drinking alcohol, Mr. Marcum's family and friends said the football player was very health conscious about alcohol and drugs. His father, Kenneth Jerry Marcum, said that the youth was a good swimmer but might have been hampered by a knee problem.
SUSPECT WAIVES HEARING
FREDERICK -- A 39-year-old Mount Airy man accused of sexually abusing young boys waived his right to a preliminary hearing in District Court here Friday.
Larry Bruce Jury was arrested June 4 by state police in Frederick and was charged with second- and third-degree sex offenses in connection with a boy who was in the second and fourth grades when the alleged attacks occurred.
By waiving his preliminary hearing, Jury automatically will have his case heard in countyCircuit Court. He also showed that he believes the county state's attorney's office has enough evidence to proceed with the case, an assistant Frederick state's attorney said.
Police say that the attackson the young boys occurred between Sept. 1, 1980, and Dec. 31, 1988.
Jury also was charged with a third-degree sex offense and assaultand battery in connection with another boy between Jan. 1, 1987, andDec. 31, 1988.
Jury, of Buffalo Road, was being held at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center on $80,000 Friday evening. No trial date had been set.
WOMAN KILLED IN CRASH
ELDERSBURG -- Hazel Curley Hendricksen, 84, of Finksburg, became the county's eighth trafficfatality Friday as a result of an accident on Route 32 one-half milesouth of Johnsville Road.
Police said Hendricksen was driving her1985 Oldsmobile south when she ran off the right side of the road and struck a telephone pole head-on. No reason was given for her running off the road.
Police said the woman, who was not wearing a seat belt, was killed instantly. Her granddaughter, a passenger in the vehicle, was wearing a seat belt and was not injured, police said.
Live power lines in the road due to the crash forced police to close the road to traffic for about an hour.
Police said the cause of the collision is still under investigation. The Medical Examiner's Officein Baltimore will conduct an autopsy to determine if any medical problems contributed to the accident.
This was the seventh fatal collision in the county this year, as compared with nine fatal collisionsand deaths last year during the same period, police said.
CITY POLICE AWARDED
WESTMINSTER -- For the third consecutive year, the Maryland Chiefs' Challenge program recognized the City Police Department for its endeavors to promote safety-belt use.
The program, sponsored by the Maryland Committee for Safety Belt Use and Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, involved 28 state law enforcement agencies.
"With the use of intensive educational projects, media coverage, and enforcement initiatives developed and implemented by Cpl. Rick May, the Westminster Police Department was able to effectively work with the community to achieve an 11 percent increase in safety-belt use," said a department spokesman.
Lt. Gov. Melvin Steinberg presented 14 awards to various agencies June 25 in Annapolis.
In addition, Cpl.Rick May received a Buckle Up America award.
Nominated by his department, May was cited for his contributions to safety education.
Many of the projects were directed to children. May presented nine "Play it Safe" programs, addressing the need to wear safety belts, at area day-care centers and elementary schools.
He helped sponsor poster and pledge contests. Artwork designed by a poster contest winner became a roadside billboard displayed during May.
Here is a compilation of some of the crime reported to local and state police:
Richardson Road: Breaking and entering and theftof stereo equipment from a Richardson Road residence on Wednesday. Estimated loss: $2,400.
Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:
9:15 a.m., Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Hampstead responded to a chlorine leak on North Cranberry Road.
10:31 a.m., Mount Airy responded to electrical wires on Prospect Road, Frederick County.
3:32p.m., New Windsor responded to a brush fire on Route 31.
11:11 p.m., Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley, Gamber and Hampstead responded to an apartment fire on Pennsylvania Ave.