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October 14, 2008

Man dies in accidental house fire near Annapolis

A man died in a fire that destroyed a waterfront home in a community near Annapolis, authorities said. The two-alarm fire started accidentally about 1 a.m. at a home in the 1100 block of Mace Road, in the Bay Ridge community south of Annapolis, according to Battalion Chief Matthew Tobia, an Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman. Firefighters discovered that a man, identified as Kendall Brown, 42, had died inside the house, Tobia said. There were no working smoke detectors in the home, according to the Fire Department. A 36-year-old firefighter from the U.S. Naval Academy suffered a minor neck injury and was transported to Anne Arundel Medical Center for treatment, Tobia said.

Gus G. Sentementes

Franchot helps raise funds for anti-slots committee

Comptroller Peter Franchot has put his money where his mouth is in the slots debate, transferring $6,000 in campaign funds to a ballot committee opposing the gambling machines in the state. He also donated $500 of his own money. But that might be the extent of the contributions. His campaign cannot transfer more money under Maryland election law, and his campaign manager, Tim Daly, said yesterday that Franchot is "not independently wealthy" and "doesn't have intentions to contribute personally in a significant way." The donations were reported to the Maryland State Board of Elections late Friday. Voters will decide the slots referendum Nov. 4.

Laura Smitherman

Motorcycle rider found not at fault in accident

After locating and interviewing a motorcyclist involved in an accident on Interstate 95 that left a fellow rider dead Saturday, state police said yesterday no charges will be brought. Police began searching for the man after a crash that occurred about 7:30 p.m. on southbound I-95 just north of Route 100 in Howard County. A group of six to eight motorcyclists had been speeding and riding recklessly, police said, when the rider of a Suzuki motorcycle, Wayne N. Thomas, 27, lost control and went off the side of the road. Thomas was thrown from his motorcycle and struck by two cars before his bike continued back onto the highway. A rider of another Suzuki struck the riderless bike and was thrown from his motorcycle. Witnesses told police that the man fled on the back of another motorcycle. Thomas, a Mount Rainier resident, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tyeesha Dixon

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