2 drown in separate incidents
Two men, both 41 years old, drowned last night and earlier yesterday in unrelated incidents in Cecil and St. Mary's counties, the state Department of Natural Resources Police reported.
Shortly before 11 p.m., the body of a St. Mary's County man was pulled from a marsh on Herring Creek near the community of Tall Timbers, said DNR spokesman Robert Gould. The man, whose name was not released, was reported missing by his mother at dusk.
Mr. Gould said the man was an epileptic and was aboard a 16-foot skiff when he apparently fell overboard. Mr. Gould said the man was taking medication.
In Cecil County, the body of an East Earle, Pa., man was recovered yesterday afternoon from the Susquehanna River off Carpenter's Point south of Charlestown.
DNR police said the man was boating with his 4-year-old son and friends when he fell out of the boat.
The victim, whose name was withheld pending official notification of relatives, was recovered about 3:30 p.m.
James D. Fleming, 17, was sentenced yesterday to nine years in prison in New Haven, Conn., on a robbery charge brought in the investigation of the fatal shooting of a Yale University student from Chevy Chase.
The teen-ager was convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery Feb. 17, 1991, the night sophomore Christian Prince was killed. But a Superior Court jury in May acquitted him of a murder charge and was unable to reach a unanimous verdict on felony murder and attempted robbery charges.
Montgomery County police have fired Officer Christopher J. Albrecht, who was sentenced to a year in prison for the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman.
The county police union is challenging the action, contending that Albrecht quit before he was fired.
County officials cited two reasons for the dismissal: his potential legal rights if the conviction is overturned, and determining his eligibility for unemployment benefits. Someone dismissed could be ineligible for benefits, an official said.
In May 1991, Albrecht, 26, was sentenced to a year in prison for fatally shooting Rebecca Garnett, of Gaithersburg, after convictions of involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment.
A 14-year-old boy originally charged as an adult in a rape and attempted rape involving two girls at Garrison Middle School will be tried as a juvenile, a spokeswoman for the state's attorney's office said.
Baltimore Circuit Judge Elsbeth L. Bothe yesterday granted a defense lawyer's request that the boy, like three others arrested in the April 1 incident, be treated as a juvenile. The incident, involving girls 13 and 14, occurred in a basement storage room at the Northwest Baltimore school.
Utility officials say a survey of ground water around the county-operated Millersville Landfill shows it was not the source of contaminants found in neighboring wells.
Utilities Director Thomas N. Neel said water from 100 test holes drilled between the landfill and the four contaminated residential wells was found free of contamination.
A battery of tests has determined that ground water in the area is flowing east from the landfill, Mr. Neel said. The four wells found contaminated in April are north of the site, he added.
He said the county has spent $350,000 for ground water testing, drilling of new wells and mapping the site. Mr. Neel said it is difficult to say what caused the contamination, but that it could be a dried up well or failed septic tank on a neighboring property.
A Cockeysville restaurant was placed on probation for one year and fined $250 by the Liquor Board after serving liquor to minors for the second time in eight months.
The Kosmakos Family Inn in the 9800 block of York Road was fined $250 earlier this year after an employee sold a beer to an underage, undercover police cadet in December. Similar circumstances brought about the most recent fine.
The board fined Kosmakos' license holder, Kosmas I. Kosmakos, after finding the business guilty of selling a four-pack of Jack Daniels Tennessee Tea Country Cordials to Robert Cole, a 19-year-old undercover police cadet, on May 13. The board also imposed a two-day suspension of the business' liquor license but withheld the suspension and put the business on probation.
The board also levied $250 fines against the Sunset Grille, Mack's Tavern and J & B's Oasis.
A Hanover, Pa., plumbing company has been fined $26,850 for a trench cave-in that buried a worker for two hours in Manchester in April.
The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health office cited William Blubaugh Plumbing in the April 6 accident in which Raymond G. Smith, 24, of New Oxford, Pa., was slightly injured.
The state cited Mr. Blubaugh for a "willful" violation, saying he intentionally violated MOSH standards or acted with "careless disregard" because the trench was not supported. The state requires that trenches deeper than 5 feet must be supported to prevent cave-ins.