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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.