Md. woman dies in fall from public housing tower

HAGERSTOWN (AP) Police in Hagerstown say a woman who died after apparently falling from an eighth-floor balcony had told an officer about 30 minutes earlier that she was locked out of her apartment.

Sgt. Paul Kifer said the officer returned to Walnut Towers a half-hour later and witnessed the womans fall around 3 a.m. Monday.

Kifer says there is no indication the 45-year-old woman committed suicide.

The complex for low- and moderate-income elderly and disabled people is run by the Hagerstown Housing Authority.

Kifer says she apparently fell while trying to reach her apartment from an eighth-floor balcony accessible from a common area inside the building.

3 Md. guards honored for saving inmates life

CRESAPTOWN (AP) Three state correctional officers have received commendations for saving an inmates life at the maximum-security North Branch Correctional Institution near Cumberland.

Warden Bobby Shearin says officers Randy Adkins, Brian Barrett and Melvin Lewis removed a noose from the neck of an unconscious inmate who had hanged himself.

Shearin says the inmate had a history of mental health issues and violence. He is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.

The Cumberland Times-News reported Sunday that the officers were honored during a ceremony at the prison on Wednesday.

Arson destroys building at former campground

NORTH EAST (AP) Maryland fire investigators say a vacant building at the former Nazarene Camp near North East burned to the ground in the sixth arson at the defunct campground in as many months.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Joseph Zurolo says the two-story wood-frame hotel-like building was fully involved when firefighters arrived Sunday. It took firefighters about an hour to control the blaze.

The 60-acre property off Route 272 was a popular site for church-based summer camps, family vacations and related gatherings for more than 90 years and was sold to a developer in 2006.

Planning director chastised in audit report

ROCKVILLE (AP) A report says Montgomery Countys planning director tried to frustrate an investigation into his spending practices and those of his agency.

The report by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission says the director, Rollin Stanley, didnt fully cooperate with information requests and gave misleading and contradictory information.

It says Stanley, 51, improperly used his government credit card, used his cell phone for personal calls and didnt properly document his spending.

The report was released to The Washington Post on Friday in response to a public records request. Stanley declined to be interviewed when contacted by the paper.

He has given up his government credit card and repaid the agency for questioned expenses.

Chevy Chase to use speed-camera money on Tasers

CHEVY CHASE (AP) Chevy Chase Village wants to use one favorite tool of modern law enforcement to pay for another.

Village Police Chief Roy Gordon is looking to spend $30,000 in speed-camera revenue on 12 Tasers.

He says the stun guns are an important public safety tool that would give his officers a less deadly option than a firearm.

But Montgomery County Councilman Phil Andrews says the money raised by speed camera should be used for improvements related to traffic safety.

Most of the money under the villages plan would go to traffic-related projects. Officials plan to spend $1.2 million building a sidewalk on Brookville Road and $4.6 million on street lights.

Police say the teen was hit by an Amtrak Acela train as he crossed the tracks around 5:15 p.m. Sunday. The teen and two friends were returning to their homes after playing in a nearby wooded area.

The teens friends had already had crossed the tracks when police say he was hit by the southbound train that was moving faster than 100 mph.

Multifamily dwellings in Ocean City that use fuel-burning equipment must have carbon monoxide detectors on every level and near all sleeping areas.

Based on inspections and certificates submitted to the fire marshal, officials say they can attest to the compliance of about a third of the resorts roughly 32,000 multifamily units.

The Fire Marshals Office has inspected more than 70 buildings for compliance since August and officials say about 70 percent of those were provided with at least one detector or were not required to install detectors.

Man charged in fatal shooting in Forestville

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