State Digest

STATE DIGEST

July 31, 2008

Six Flags attraction burns in Bowie

Prince George's County firefighters battled a blaze last night at the haunted house attraction at Six Flags amusement park in Bowie.

Prince George's Fire Department spokesman Mark Brady said the attraction is open only during the Halloween season, so no customers were in danger.

The fire erupted about 7 p.m. A spokeswoman for Six Flags told WJLA-TV that the area near the building was evacuated and the park was closed.

No other rides were damaged, and no injuries were reported, officials said.

Associated Press

Hagerstown

Satellite TV coming to 3 prisons

Officials say that inmates in three prisons near Hagerstown will have access to satellite television.

Jon Galley, an assistant commissioner of the Division of Correction's Western Region, said officials hope to have the system installed by the end of November.

He said the service will be paid for with money raised through commissary sales and telephone revenue at the prison.

Galley said inmates prefer to stay in their cells when a variety of TV programs are available, reducing the likelihood of violence.

Corrections spokesman Mark Vernarelli said the main issue is improved security. With inmates choosing to stay in their cells, officers will have fewer inmates to watch.

Associated Press

Snow Hill

Police chief, blogger reach settlement

A settlement was reached yesterday in a case involving Salisbury Police Chief Allan Webster and blogger Joe Albero, avoiding a court battle.

Worcester County District Court officials said the suit has been approved for settlement. Albero said on his blog yesterday that the agreement does not involve money, and he confirmed the resolution in an interview, providing no details.

Attorneys for Webster were not available for comment.

Webster filed the nearly $10,000 lawsuit in March, claiming that Albero defamed his character with false statements about him on Albero's blog and invaded his privacy.

Associated Press

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