MARYLAND

Teen's Body Found in Montgomery Pool

A 17-year-old exchange student from China apparently drowned yesterday in a swimming pool in Montgomery County, authorities said.

The boy was found about 2:45 p.m. at the bottom of what was believed to be a private pool in the 14600 block of Old Lyme Drive in the Colesville area, according to reports from the police and the county fire and rescue service. The youth's name could not be learned immediately.

He was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Fire department spokesman Pete Piringer said the circumstances of the drowning were not known but that there was no indication of anything suspicious.

Pr. George's Man Fatally Shot in Car

A 50-year-old Prince George's County man was shot to death while seated inside his vehicle early yesterday morning, authorities said.

Vernon Dickerson, of the 4500 block of 23rd Parkway in Temple Hills, was shot numerous times while his black Dodge Neon was stopped at Dallas Place and Dallas Drive in Temple Hills about 3 a.m., authorities said.

Neither a suspect nor a motive was identified yesterday, authorities said, but interviews with witnesses at the scene indicated that someone approached the driver's side of the Neon and fired several shots through the window.

Norris to Be Sentenced Today

Former Maryland State Police superintendent Edward T. Norris is scheduled to be sentenced today in federal court for using thousands of dollars in police funds to pay for extramarital affairs and lavish meals when he was Baltimore's police chief.

In a plea agreement, Norris also pleaded guilty to filing a false federal income-tax return.

By pleading guilty, Norris admitted spending as much as $30,000 from three off-the-books police accounts. The police funds were set up during the Depression era to benefit officers.

Norris and John Stendrini, his former chief of staff at the Baltimore City Police Department, were accused of misusing the money between May 2000 and August 2002.

Although there were no written guidelines for using funds from the account, it "was required to be used for the benefit of the Baltimore Police Department," according to the December indictment. Stendrini is also expected to be sentenced today.

In March, Norris pleaded guilty to conspiracy to misuse city police funds and one count of filing a false tax form.

Silver Spring Woman New Miss Maryland

A Howard University graduate student from Silver Spring was crowned Miss Maryland 2004 Saturday night in Hagerstown, winning a gold ring, fox fur coat and $15,000 cash scholarship.

"I thought my father was going to fall out of the balcony, he was cheering so hard," Tiffany Jenkins, 23, said yesterday. "They believe in me. They always have."

Jenkins will represent Maryland in Atlantic City at the Miss America pageant Sept. 18.

Competing as Miss Gaithersburg, Jenkins wore a flowing, strapless turquoise and black dress, with touches of gold and a turquoise sash, and sang Celine Dion's "That's the Way It Is." As her platform, she advocated "Relay for Life," a relay race that raises money and awareness for cancer research.

Jenkins, who is studying for a degree in counseling psychology, wants to become a child psychologist.

THE DISTRICT

Mount Pleasant Man Held in Sex Assault

A 39-year-old resident of Mount Pleasant was arrested there late yesterday afternoon in connection with a sexual assault on a woman late Friday in that area, authorities said.

Police said David Bryant was arrested on a charge of sexual abuse, which Council Member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) said involved the Friday attack. Graham said the arrest came after police went door to door with a flier that pictured the alleged assailant.

VIRGINIA

3-Year-Old Drowns in Backyard Pool

A 3-year-old boy drowned Saturday night in a backyard pool in Prince William County.

The toddler was found in the pool just before 10 p.m. in the 4400 block of Perennial Street, near Manassas, said Capt. Tim Taylor of Prince William County's fire and rescue service.

Taylor said people were swimming when the boy was discovered. Someone at the home was performing CPR when rescuers arrived, but the boy later was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police are investigating, but a spokeswoman said the drowning appeared to have been accidental.

Divers Search for Woman's Body

Divers searched without success yesterday for the body of a Roanoke woman who drowned in Smith Mountain Lake while trying to rescue a pet dog.

Judy Thurman, 49, and Bryan Amos, 50, also of Roanoke, were in a rented pontoon about 2:45 p.m. Saturday when one of two small dogs on the craft went overboard, according to Lt. Karl Martin of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Amos, who was wearing a life vest, went in after the dog, Martin said. Thurman, who was not wearing a life vest, then jumped in to help.

Amos and the dog returned to shore safely.

Library Hires Firm to Chase Delinquents

The Newport News Public Library System has hired a collection agency to recover books, videos and CDs more than 45 days late. Even Bibles are in the hands of tardy borrowers.

Unique Management Services Inc., an Indiana company that contracts with nearly 600 libraries in the United States and Canada, will write letters, make phone calls and threaten a black mark on credit reports.

"You have a half-billion-dollar project where the face of that project, the owners of that project, are African American. That's powerful, because there's not been an avenue open for African Americans to take that role in this city."

-- D.C. City Council member Vincent B. Orange Sr.,

on the appeal for some leaders of a proposal for a slot machine

gambling venue on New York Avenue NE. Orange has not

taken a position on the project. -- Page A1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Martin Weil and Jamie Stockwell and the Associated Press.