6-year-old New Jersey boy whose family was in...


August 02, 1998

MONKTON -- A 6-year-old New Jersey boy whose family was in Maryland visiting friends died yesterday after being found unconscious in a swimming pool where he had been with his father, Baltimore County police said.

Jackson Krieger Rodgers of Hayden Township, N.J., was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital about 4: 30 p.m. The death appeared to be accidental.

Officers said the boy's father lost sight of him in the pool just before 2: 25 p.m. at a home in the 16000 block of Remare Road.

Arbutus soldier, 18, dies after being hit by lightning

An 18-year-old soldier from Arbutus died yesterday in an Atlanta hospital, two days after he was struck by lightning during training maneuvers, authorities said.

Pvt. Robert Weckesser of the 5600 block of Ringwood Drive joined the Army in June and was training at Fort Benning, Ga. Weckesser suffered injuries from his legs to his chest from the lightning, which knocked down and caused lesser injuries to nine other basic trainees.

The soldiers had been engaged in hand-grenade training when the lightning struck, officials said.

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings endorsed Gov. Parris N. Glendening's re-election bid yesterday at a rally in Baltimore.

Cummings, a Baltimore Democrat, also announced his intention to seek re-election to his 7th District seat. He told a crowd gathered at the Prince Hall Masonic Temple at 1307 Eutaw Place that the Glendening administration has delivered on its promises to children and families.

The congressman said he and Glendening share priorities, such as improving Maryland schools and providing affordable health care to children.

TANEYTOWN -- No one was reported injured, but several people were left homeless early yesterday when flames engulfed a nine-unit Taneytown apartment complex.

The fire was reported at 5: 14 a.m. at 40 E. Baltimore St., and brought 60 firefighters from seven fire companies, including two in Pennsylvania. The cause remained under investigation last night.

Red Cross officials were helping displaced residents.

ANNAPOLIS -- State officials expect to have a sale price established for the purchase of Deep Creek Lake by Sept. 30, according to Gov. Parris N. Glendening.

The state has been attempting to buy the Garrett County landmark since June, when its owner, GPU Inc., put the property and its hydroelectric dam up for sale.

Glendening has called the lake and 65 miles of surrounding land a state treasure and a recreational jewel to be preserved.

Pub Date: 8/02/98

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