In Talbot County Man, 40, charged in theft of...

REGIONAL DIGEST

March 29, 2002

In Talbot County

Man, 40, charged in theft of collectors' duck decoys

EASTON - An Easton man has been charged with stealing up to $10,000 worth of wooden duck decoys from three collectors in the Bozman area.

Authorities said Steven Francis Hutson, 40, was arrested Sunday after they received a tip that someone was trying to steal from one of the collectors again.

About 45 of the antique decoys have been recovered, but roughly 55 are still missing, the county sheriff's office said.

In Frederick County

Suit claiming deputies overreacted is dismissed

A federal judge in Baltimore has dismissed a lawsuit that accused two Frederick County sheriff's deputies of maliciously overreacting when they mistook a driver's diabetic shock symptoms for drunkenness.

U.S. District Judge Frederic Smalkin ruled last week that governmental immunity shielded the deputies from lawsuits. The deputies used a nightstick, pepper spray and a police dog to force Frederick T. Moore IV of Centreville, Va., from his pickup truck after stopping him for driving the wrong way on U.S. 340 near Frederick in June 1998.

In the Region

EPA names director of Chesapeake program

PHILADELPHIA - A career federal executive has been named director of the federal Environmental Protection Agency's Chesapeake Bay Program.

Rebecca Hanmer, currently director of the region's Water Protection Division, will lead the cooperative effort among three states, the District of Columbia, Chesapeake Bay Commission and federal government. Hanmer has been with the EPA since its creation in 1970.

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