State Digest

STATE DIGEST

July 04, 2008

Two jailers sue over firing for hair incident

FREDERICK -- Two Frederick County jailers who were fired for forcing a female inmate to have her hair extensions cut have sued the county government, claiming they were wrongly terminated. The Frederick News-Post reports that former Sgt. Andrew Adelsberger is seeking $500,000 in damages, while former Cpl. Samuel Stottlemyer just wants his job back. Both were fired after inmate Sherelle Showell was pepper-sprayed and placed in a restraint chair so that a nurse could cut off her hair extensions after she refused to remove them last November. Sheriff Charles Jenkins says he stands by his decision to fire the officers.

Associated Press

6-year-old drowning victim is identified

SILVER SPRING -- Montgomery County police have identified a 6-year-old boy found at the bottom of a Silver Spring swimming pool who was later pronounced dead. Police say Scott Tran of Gaithersburg was at a large family gathering in the 13100 block of New Hampshire Ave. in Silver Spring on Wednesday. Several other children were at the home when a 9-year-old boy saw Tran at the bottom of the pool's deep end. That boy pulled Tran to the surface and adults began CPR. Emergency personnel took Tran to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police say the investigation hasn't revealed anything suspicious about Tran's death. Police initially reported that the boy was 7 years old.

Associated Press

Town to install 3 surveillance cameras

PRINCESS ANNE -- The town of Princess Anne will use a $16,000 grant from the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention to install three surveillance cameras. Officials aren't saying where the cameras will be installed, but likely they will be placed where there is the most crime. Police Chief Scott Keller hopes the cameras will deter the kind of vandalism seen this week at a building in the New Garland Hayward Park on Hampden Avenue, in which someone put dents in the siding.

Associated Press

Flower thieves present in Frostburg

FROSTBURG -- A group that works to beautify the downtown area in Frostburg says thieves have been taking flowers from baskets and planters along Main Street. Paula Munson of the Frostburg House and Garden Club says some of the planters are being replanted for a fourth time. She says in all the years her group has been planting flowers, they've never had this kind of problem. The stolen flowers include geraniums, petunias and dragon wing begonias.

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