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*** The body of a woman pulled from the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay off Mat­a­peake last week has been ten­ta­tively iden­ti­fied as Edna Su­sanne Carter, 29, of Bal­ti­more.

Bal­ti­more City Po­lice have ar­rested, charged and in­dicted Ge­orge Melvin Brown, 24, also of Bal­ti­more, in the woman’s death. He is be­ing held with­out bail await­ing a pre­lim­i­nary homi­cide hear­ing.

The body was dis­cov­ered early Tues­day, Aug. 29, float­ing in the Bay and when pulled up was found to have a 24-pound cin­der block tied to one an­kle, two bul­let holes in the head and a frac­tured skull. *** Ch­e­sa­peake Bay traf­fic grows and

The Bridge grows!

A to­tal of 87,437 ve­hi­cles used the two-lane span over the four-day La­bor Day week­end, and this was more than 2,000 over the record num­ber of last year dur­ing the same week­end.

*** If you won­dered why you couldn’t cross the Ch­ester River Bridge at Ch­ester­town Tues­day evening, it was be­cause some­body goofed.

The Clark Ma­chine Corp. of Bal­ti­more, work­ing on re­plac­ing the draw span with steel gird­ing, re­moved the wooden deck­ing from one leaf, did not com­pen­sate for the loss of weight, and the draw span went up in the air and wouldn’t come down.

*** With kin­der­garten chil­dren in­cluded in the reg­u­lar pub­lic school sys­tem for the first time this year, a record 4,600 stu­dents are ex­pected to en­ter classes in Queen Anne’s County to­day (Thurs­day, Sept. 7).

John Webb, su­per­in­ten­dent of schools, said he looked for about 275 chil­dren in the kin­der­garten classes.

The record throng will also be greeted by a record 243 teach­ers and staff mem­bers.

Se­nior high school stu­dents will re­turn to classes in the still un­fin­ished com­pre­hen­sive high school at the east­ern lim­its of Centreville. Ac­tu­ally, the build­ing is com­pleted in the class­room and work­ing area; only the huge au­di­to­rium is not fin­ished.

Ju­lianna Cu­fure left her home out­side Rio De Janeiro two weeks ago and has been liv­ing with Ro­tar­ian Harold Reece of Ce­tre­ville.

“She lives as one of our chil­dren,” Reece said. “She has chores to do — she’s part of the fam­ily.”

*** The two men held in New Mex­ico and wanted here in con­nec­tion with a se­ries of break-ins on Kent Is­land have been re­turned to Queen Anne’s County and are await­ing trial.

There had been some doubt about whether they would be ex­tra­dited to QA to stand trial be­cause of the ex­pense.

Ac­cord­ing to the county state’s at­tor­ney’s of­fice, the ex­penses are ex­pected to amount to about $1,500.

Melvin Lewis Hughes III, 20, of Gra­sonville and Melvin Michael Smith, 19, of Stevensville were re­turned to the county last Wed­nes­day and are now be­ing held in jail.

*** Sev­eral Queen­stown res­i­dents are ask­ing a cir­cuit court judge to re­verse a de­ci­sion in Queen Anne’s County al­low­ing a ra­dio sta­tion to build a 340-foot tower near their homes.

Robert R. Price III, lawyer rep­re­sent­ing the res­i­dents op­posed to the tower, said Thurs­day in Caro­line County Cir­cuit Court that of­fi­cials from the ra­dio sta­tion did not meet all the nec­es­sary pro­ce­dural re­quire­ments.

Ear­lier, the Queen Anne’s County Board of Ap­peals granted Vi­sion Broad­cast­ing Co. a con­di­tional use per­mit. That move would have al­lowed the com­pany’s Annapolis-based rock ra­dio sta­tion WHVY to build the tower in Ben­nett Point.

Con­struc­tion has been held up, how­ever, be­cause of the re­cent ap­peal.

*** A 29-year-old Ch­ester man, who had pleaded guilty to dis­tri­bu­tion of crack co­caine, was sen­tenced last Tues­day in Queen Anne’s County Cir­cuit Court to 10 years in prison.

Wil­liam C. Ham­mond Jr.’s con­vic­tion stemmed from a drug deal he made on Jan. 10.

*** Five peo­ple were in­jured in a six-ve­hi­cle pileup in­volv­ing two trac­tor trail­ers Fri­day af­ter­noon at the top of the Kent Nar­rows Bridge. The crash closed U.S. Route 50 for 90 min­utes.

*** Po­lice are still search­ing for a man who robbed the Kent Is­land branch of the Centreville Na­tional Bank here July 10.

The sus­pect, taped by the bank’s video cam­eras, was de­scribed as a 6-ft., 180-lbs, Asian man wear­ing a curly black wig, sun­glasses, a tan sport jacket and gray trousers, po­lice said.

*** The lat­est in agri­cul­tural tech­nol­ogy was viewed with great in­ter­est by ex­change stu­dents from the for­mer Soviet Union Thurs­day at the Party on the Bay at Wye Field Day.

“To learn about the in­no­va­tions that they don’t have yet, that was the best,” said Igor Ly­zov of Ukrainian Re­pub­lic. “That it is so prac­ti­cal if we use it there, the knowl­edge would in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity as well.”

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