MADONNA — An article yesterday reported incorrectly the cause of a crash in Harford County on Sunday. Sheldon Myron Breece, 60, of Mill Green Road, was killed when another vehicle went out of control on Norrisville Road and crashed into his truck.
The Sun regrets the errors.
Man loses control of car, dies in head-on collision
MADONNA -- A 60-year-old man from Street in Harford County died yesterday when he lost control of his Ford truck on Norrisville Road near Madonna, state police reported.
FOR THE RECORD - CORRECTION
Sheldon Myron Breece, 60, of Mill Green Road, was driving south in the 4200 block of Norrisville Road shortly after noon when he failed to negotiate a curve. His truck ran off the right side, re-entered the roadway, crossed the center line and collided head-on with a Dodge truck.
Mr. Breece was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the Dodge, Michael Harvey, 55, of Kritler Road in Forest Hill, suffered minor injuries, police said.
Boy, 12, found dead in juvenile center
LAUREL -- A 12-year-old Baltimore boy found dead Saturday afternoon at the Waxter Center for juvenile delinquents apparently took his own life, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services said last night.
The boy was found by Waxter staff members at 1:35 p.m., said spokeswoman Jacqueline Lampell. State police from the Glen Burnie barracks were called in to investigate the apparent suicide. Ms. Lampell declined to discuss any details until the investigation is complete.
"Obviously our staff is very upset," she said. "It's a terrible tragedy."
She said counseling has been made available to staff and residents at the short-term detention facility, where boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 17 await juvenile court hearings or placement in long-term programs elsewhere.
Police officer charged in assault of other officers
BALTIMORE -- A city police officer was suspended yesterday after he was charged with assaulting officers who came to his house after midnight to ask him to turn down the music during a backyard birthday party.
Officer Jerome Grayson, who was celebrating his 32nd birthday Saturday night, was charged with three counts of assault and one count of resisting arrest, said police spokesman Sam Ringgold.
He was suspended with pay pending a hearing today, Mr. Ringgold said.
The incident began with a complaint to police at 12:23 a.m. about loud music at a cookout at Officer Grayson's home in the 300 block of E. Lorraine Ave. Officers James Clark, Kelly Miles and Thomas Long asked the partygoers to turn down the music, Mr. Ringgold said.
According to witnesses, they returned within a few minutes to repeat the request, and Officer Grayson opened the 6-foot wooden gate to the backyard. One officer yanked the gate open wider, breaking off a board in Officer Grayson's hand. Tempers flared, the officers called for help and Officer Grayson was arrested, witnesses said.
Officer Grayson, who is black, told a reporter yesterday that the officers who arrested him, who were white, were rude, unnecessarily rough and threatened to beat him. He said he believes their behavior was racially motivated and intends to pursue a legal case against them.
Officer Grayson joined the department in 1982.
Caroline County teen named Farm Queen
TIMONIUM -- Jami Todd of Caroline County was crowned the 1994 Maryland Farm Queen yesterday at the Maryland State Fair. The 17-year-old lives on a small grain farm in Preston and is a senior at Colonel Richardson High in Federalsburg.
As queen, Ms. Todd was awarded a total of $4,000 in cash and scholarships. She also received a tiara, and the use of a GMC truck for three months.
On the farm, Ms. Todd's responsibilities include driving tractors.
At school, she is involved in the photography, French and art clubs, the Future Business Leaders of America, the school newspaper and student council. She hopes to attend college and become either a biology teacher or an environmental lawyer.
Kimberly Stup of Frederick County was named first runner-up in the pageant; Rebecca Reinhardt of Howard County, second; and April Hall of Queen Anne's County was third.