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November 28, 2008

Clothing catches fire, woman, 85, dies

Fire officials say an 85-year-old woman died yesterday after her clothing caught fire at her house in Jarrettsville. Deputy State Fire Marshal Joseph Zurolo said the fire was first reported at 9:41 a.m. He said Dorothy Marie Beall was in her basement apartment in the 3200 block of Seiter Lane when the fire broke out. Investigators believe she decided to add more pellets to a stove in the apartment. While she was doing this, her clothing apparently caught fire. When firefighters arrived, they found Beall in cardiac arrest. She had suffered second- and third-degree burns to 90 percent of her body. She was pronounced dead on arrival at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. The fire was contained to the kitchen area of the apartment and caused minor damage. The woman's son, George Roby Beall III, who lives at the house, suffered burns while trying to extinguish his mother's clothes.

David Kohn

Downtown Reisterstown puts on Market Days

Reisterstown Main Street will hold Market Days from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday in the historic downtown area. Shops and businesses will be open for holiday shopping, offering children's activities and snacks. Information: 410-833-5151.

Baltimore County seeks volunteers to aid seniors

The Home Team Program of the Baltimore County Department of Aging is seeking volunteers to help seniors who might be feeling lonely or isolated this holiday season by visiting, calling or helping with correspondence or transportation. The Home Team matches volunteers with eligible seniors 60 and older who need assistance. Hours are flexible. Information: 410-887-4141.

Frederick County sheriff denies withholding data

The Frederick County sheriff's office is denying that it illegally withheld public information about its participation in a federal immigration enforcement program. Sheriff Charles Jenkins says his office gave the advocacy group CASA de Maryland all the documents it could legally after the group's initial public-information request last spring. Jenkins said CASA has balked at paying thousands of dollars for processing a more recent request for what the sheriff called "a huge amount of records" detailing arrests of illegal immigrants. The group filed a lawsuit in Montgomery County on Tuesday alleging Jenkins' office won't release statistics on a program that allows local law enforcement officers to check the immigration status of people they stop for other reasons.

Associated Press

Elderly woman dies in Silver Spring house fire

Authorities say an elderly woman has died in a house fire in Silver Spring. A firefighter and two police officers were injured. The fire was reported Wednesday about 8:20 p.m. in the 10500 block of Inwood Ave. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer says two police officers saw smoke coming from the two-story, single-family dwelling and notified firefighters. Piringer says the two police officers entered the house and removed the woman, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The fire was brought under control in 15 minutes. The two police officers were taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. One firefighter suffered a cut to his hand. Piringer says the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Associated Press

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