FROM THE PAST

Record Observer - - Opinion -

ton T. Perkins Hos­pi­tal in Jes­sup, as a psy­chi­atric pa­tient await­ing the time when the doc­tors would find him able to stand trail.

Staff psy­chi­a­trist Juliet Sim­mons tes­ti­fied that the hos­pi­tal doc­tors are firmly con­vinced that Dashields was legally in­sane at the time he shot and killed Mabin in an ap­par­ently un­premed­i­tated act.

••• Just when po­lice and school and school of­fi­cials be­gan to breath eas­ier on the dan­ger­ous sub­ject of school fires, an­other one flared up Thurs­day evening about 6 o’clock.

Since the 13-year-old Pond­town boy, who had been ac­cused of set­ting a fire on March 3, the 10th in a se­ries of small blazes in the build­ing, was home at the time, he can­not be blamed for the lat­est fire.

Prin­ci­pal Wil­liam Pat­ton said that only the clean­ing boy was sup­posed to be in the build­ing at that hour, but there were some high school boys play­ing in the vicin­ity.

The fire was dis­cov­ered by the youth hired to clean the school. He said it was in a locker on the first floor and a boy’s brief case was par­tially de­stroyed. The fire did no other dam­age.

••• The U.S. Army’s pro­posal to build a mus­tard gas in­cin­er­a­tor at Aberdeen Prov­ing Grounds in Har­ford County within five years and within eight miles down­wind of Kent County has many lo­cal res­i­dents fear­ing the worst.

A worst-case ac­ci­dent would force thou­sands of peo­ple within a 20 kilo­me­ter range of the site to be evac­u­ated from their homes, schools and busi­nesses while try­ing to es­cape from the blis­ter­ing agent.

If noth­ing is done, up to 45,570 peo­ple could be killed in a worst-case sce­nario, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Army’s es­ti­mates.

••• John E. Miller, who served as Queen Anne’s County School Su­per­in­ten­dent for 12 years un­til re­tir­ing last July, died of a heart at­tack Sun­day at age 60.

Miller was driv­ing with his wife and one of his sons on Route 309 on the way to din­ner in Hills­boro Sun­day evening when he suf­fered the heart at­tack, ac­cord­ing to the Queen Anne-Hills­boro Vol­un­teer fire Com­pany. His son man­aged to take control of the wheel and drive them to the QA-Hills­boro Fire Depart­ment Fire Hall, where an am­bu­lance trans­ported him to Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal at Eas­ton ,where he died.

Miller’s Joseph L. Shilling, said miller helped put Queen Anne’s County in a lead­er­ship po­si­tion in ed­u­ca­tion dur­ing his 38 years of ser vice.

••• A Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the drown­ing of Centreville water­man Christopher Scott Lea­ger last De­cem­ber has con­cluded that the 23-year-old’s death was ac­ci­den­tal.

Lea­ger, a pro­fes­sional oys­ter diver, was div­ing in about 17 feet of wa­ter in the Ho­laga Snooze area of Kent Point around noon on Dec. 17, when his dive cap­tain on the work­boat above tugged on Lea­ger’s safety line and got no re­sponse, ac­cord­ing to DNR.

Other divers called to the scene brought Lea­ger to the sur­face and took him ashore, where res­cue crews were wait­ing. He was trans­ported to Anne Arun­del Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal where he was pro­nounced dead shortly af­ter­wards.

Lo­cal divers spec­u­lated Lea­ger may have got­ten trapped in the de­bris of a nearby ar­ti­fi­cial fish­ing reef, which also sev­ered his air line.

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