Maryland officials and the operators of Pennsylvania's Peach Bottom nuclear power plant say they have reached an agreement on its emergency plans.
Gov. William Donald Schaefer sent a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in October citing "major problems" in Peach Bottom's plans and facilities for dealing with emergencies. The nuclear power plant, which was shut down by the NRC in March, is on the Susquehanna River near the Pennsylvania-Maryland line.
A state spokesman said Philadelphia Electric Co., which operates the plant, agreed to provide backup radio communications to Maryland police and firefighters near the power plant site. The utility also pledged to move its emergency operations facility and media center outside the plant's 10-mile emergency zone.
Other terms of the agreement include providing Maryland with computer information about radiation release and the most likely path of a radioactive plume, should a major accident occur.
Philadelphia Electric will also provide an engineering liaison to the Maryland emergency operations center.
Baby Sitter Sentenced in Death, Beating Angelia Maria Greene, a New Carrollton baby sitter who was convicted in October of second-degree murder in the death of one child in her care and child abuse of a second, was sentenced yesterday in Prince George's Circuit Court to 18 years in prison.
Greene, 31, of 7606 Fontainbleau Dr., was accused of beating Brandon White, 2, of Bladensburg, and another 2-year-old with her hands and a leather belt after the children wet their clothes, according to Assistant State's Attorney Martin Shuham, who prosecuted Greene.
Circuit Court Judge G.R. Hovey Johnson sentenced Greene to 20 years in prison, with all but 12 years suspended, for her conviction of second-degree murder in the death of Brandon White. He sentenced Greene to 15 years in prison, with all but 6 years suspended, for beating the 2-year-old girl, and ordered the sentences to run consecutively, for a total term of 18 years. Greene will be eligible for parole in 4 1/2 to six years.
Montgomery Cable Plans Rate Increase Cable TV Montgomery has notified Montgomery County government that it plans to raise rates for customers with new cable equipment on Jan. 1.
The rates for basic service will increase from $14.95 to $16.95 a month and rates for special movie channels and other programming, except as discounted in special packages, will increase from $9.45 to $9.95 per channel each month.
Rates for customers with the older TRACS equipment will remain unchanged, said Alexander J. Greene, the county staff member in charge of cable operations. About 40,000 county residents have cable service, but about only 7,000 customers, in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Kensington, Glen Echo and Montgomery Village, have the new equipment. TRACS service is still in use in Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Rockville and Germantown.
Youths Charged as Adults in SE Slaying The U.S. attorney's office has charged two 17-year-olds as adults in the killing last week of Kendall Merriweather on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE.
Clendon Lee, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office, said that Rodney Prophet of 528 Oakwood St. SE and Jarrell Warren of 508 Newcomb St. SE were charged with felony murder while armed.
Merriweather, who was 17, was killed Friday in what police said was a scuffle with two youths who were trying to steal his boom-box radio and tape player.
Prophet and Warren are being held without bond pending a preliminary hearing on Dec. 23, Lee said.
Suspect Charged After Chase Prince George's County police last night arrested a suspect and charged him with assault with a vehicle after he allegedly rammed a D.C. police cruiser while being pursued during a chase that began in the District and ended in a crash on Bladensburg Road just over the Maryland line, police said.
The chase, according to police, began in Southeast Washington after the suspect, driving a sedan with Virginia tags, was observed speeding. Two D.C. police cruisers pursued the car from Southeast into Northeast and through three D.C. police districts. The driver allegedly rammed one of the cruisers with his car, smashed into a second and then flipped over after being struck by the first cruiser, police said.
"It's a miracle nobody was hurt," said D.C. police Sgt. Robert Evans, who was driving one of the cruisers that set out after the suspect. Evans said his cruiser was rammed on the passenger side when he passed the suspect's car going north in the 3400 block of Bladensburg Road.
Police said the suspect, whom they did not immediately identify, was treated at Prince George's Hospital Center for superficial injuries. No one else was hurt in the incident, which occurred around 10 p.m.
Police said the suspect drove the wrong way on some streets and occasionally on the sidewalk. The exact chase route was unclear last night, but Evans said the suspect was pursued along Florida and New York avenues before he headed into Maryland along Bladensburg Road.