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August 15, 2007

Duck will try again to challenge Bartlett

Democrat Andrew J. Duck filed yesterday as a candidate for the 6th Congressional District seat held by eight-term incumbent Republican Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett.

The race will be Duck's second consecutive attempt to unseat Bartlett in the Western Maryland district.

He lost a three-way race last November in which Bartlett received 59 percent of the vote, Duck got 38 percent, and Green Party candidate Robert Kozak received 3 percent.

"Change is overdue in western and northern Maryland, and I will bring change in Congress," said Duck, a civilian adviser to the Pentagon on Army intelligence issues. He served 20 years in the Army, including a tour of Iraq in 2003.

The Democrat advocates greater international cooperation in bringing security to Iraq.

He has accused Bartlett of blindly following the Bush administration and the Republican leadership on issues such as the war, health care and energy policy.

Associated Press

Frederick County

: Dispute

Deputies sue sheriff over moonlighting issues

Frederick County sheriff's deputies are suing their boss for the right to wear their uniforms and use squad cars when moonlighting as private security guards.

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 102 filed the complaint in Frederick County Circuit Court, The Frederick News-Post reported yesterday.

The lawsuit seeks to reverse a policy that took effect July 1 forbidding deputies from wearing their uniforms or using their assigned squad cars for secondary employment.

Sheriff Charles A. Jenkins has said the change was designed to save taxpayers' money by reducing fuel costs and uniform wear and tear.

But FOP attorney Patrick J. McAndrew said that without uniforms or cars, the deputies' credibility is reduced, and their vulnerability is increased.

"There have been numerous instances throughout the country where non-uniformed law enforcement officers were thought to be `bad guys' and fatally or seriously shot by on-duty personnel," he said.

Associated Press

Queen Anne's Co.

: Centreville

Town Council approves ban on skateboarding

Officials in Centreville have banned skateboarding on sidewalks and streets within the town limits.

The Town Council voted 3-0 recently to approve an ordinance setting up $250 fines for people who skateboard on public areas ruled off-limits for skateboarders.

After the ordinance takes effect Aug. 22, skateboarders in the town will have to limit their sport to play areas, open spaces or private properties with permission of the owner.

The skateboard restrictions came after Centreville police suggested limits.

"I have a problem with the kids being in the street anywhere," said Councilman Frank Ogens. "Where I live, it's an older population. Their reaction time isn't as good, their sight isn't as good. It becomes an issue."

Ogens also said that he had seen kids skateboarding at a closed skate park and that they were "destroying the fence."

The Town Council debated the ordinance for eight months.

An earlier version of the ordinance would have banned skateboarding even in parks, but that provision was removed. Some council members also called for a similar ban on scooters, but that wasn't included.

"We don't want [skateboarding] taken away from them 100 percent," said Council President Norman Pinder.

Associated Press

Cecil County

: Chesapeake City

Canal Day festival to continue after threat of cancellation

An annual festival nearly canceled because of rowdy behavior will continue next year, town officials have decided.

The Canal Day festival held each summer in Chesapeake City since 1975 was in danger of cancellation because of drunken behavior and lewdness on boats in a canal basin.

But Mayor Bill Kiessling told the Cecil Whig newspaper that the town will work to curb rowdiness in the basin without canceling the entire festival, which raises money for local attractions.

"It's an ongoing project. and we're going where we can solve what's been going on in the basin," Kiessling said.

The Coast Guard, the agency in charge of patrolling the basin, will limit the number of boats in the basin next year to 150.

Kiessling said he hoped that tighter enforcement would allow the festival to continue.

"We need to maintain this interest and not allow it to go under the table," he said.

Associated Press

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