A May 16 Metro in Brief headline referred to Lisa Marie Cheney as a "Moran Challenger." Republican delegates in Virginia's 8th Congressional District chose Cheney to run in November against the winner of a June 8 primary between incumbent Rep. James P. Moran Jr. and Alexandria lawyer Andrew M. Rosenberg. (Published 5/18/04)

MARYLAND

State Prosecutor Dies at 75

Stephen Montanarelli, who was Maryland state prosecutor for 20 years, died Friday night of complications from multiple myeloma, officials said yesterday. He was 75.

Thomas McDonough, Maryland's senior assistant state prosecutor, said Montanarelli was appointed in 1984 by Gov. Harry Hughes and served through the administrations of four governors. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) will appoint a new state prosecutor.

Montanarelli was born in Utica, N.Y., and graduated from Colgate University and the University of Maryland Law School.

VIRGINIA

GOP Selects Moran Challenger

Northern Virginia Republicans have picked the owner of a government relations firm as their candidate to challenge for the seat of Democratic Rep. James P. Moran Jr.

About 600 Republican delegates in the 8th Congressional District chose Lisa Marie Cheney during a nominating convention in the Franconia section of Fairfax County yesterday. Four party members were vying for the nomination.

Cheney's firm specializes in missile defense. She was a volunteer for Republican U.S. Sens. George Allen and John W. Warner of Virginia and was on the political advance team of President George H.W. Bush. Cheney -- who is not related to the vice president -- is the mother of two and lives with her husband, a Navy commander, in Alexandria.

Moran is in his seventh term. He also faces a Democratic challenger, Alexandria lawyer Andrew M. Rosenberg, in the June 8 primary.

Meanwhile, Northern Virginia Democrats nominated James Socas as the party's challenger to Rep. Frank R. Wolf.

Socas, a former investment banker, serves as the minority staff director for the Senate Banking Committee's subcommittee on economic policy.

The 37-year-old McLean resident is challenging the 10th District Republican to six debates, to be held across the district.

Widow of Inmate Sues Sheriff

The widow of an inmate who hanged himself by his shoelaces in January in the Warren County Jail has filed a $10.35 million negligence lawsuit against Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron and seven deputies.

Thomas Lee Short Sr., 68, of Front Royal hanged himself after being placed alone in a cell after being arrested for violating a protective order obtained by his wife, Mary Short.

The hanging was captured on videotape by jail security cameras, according to the lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg.

"Mr. Short died as a result of the deliberate indifference and failure to act by the jail staff at Warren County Jail," attorney Blair D. Howard said in the lawsuit, which also alleges that McEathron failed to train the jail staff and provide adequate safety procedures for detainees and inmates.

McEathron declined to comment on the lawsuit Friday but said he stands by an earlier statement in which he said jail staff did not contribute to the death and had no knowledge that Short was suicidal.

THE DISTRICT

Crash Kills Md. Motorcyclist

A 36-year-old Temple Hills man died Friday night after losing control of his motorcycle and crashing into a utility pole in Southeast Washington, D.C. police said yesterday.

Marlon Edmonds of the 7100 block of Westchester Drive was weaving in and out of traffic and traveling at high speeds at 9:35 p.m. when he crashed in the 3400 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE, police said.

Edmonds struck a utility pole and died at the scene.

Police said they were seeking other motorcycle drivers who might have been with Edmonds and urged anyone with information to call police at 202-727-9099.

Norton Seeks 8th House Term

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) announced yesterday that she will seek an eighth term representing the District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Norton said her top campaign issue this year is returning job and economic growth to the District and the country. She also vowed to continue fighting for full voting rights in Congress.

The District's elected delegate to the House is allowed to vote in committee but has no privileges in the full House.

"It's all based on a very sophisticated scientific principle: Water runs downhill. The Chesapeake Bay is downhill from Pennsylvania."

-- William C. Baker, president of the

Chesapeake Bay Foundation,

referring to pollutants in

Pennsylvania waterways that eventually

reach the Chesapeake. -- Page A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers David Nakamura and Del Quentin Wilber and the Associated Press.