County news in the daily Washington Post Nov. 11-Nov. 17


Men Charged With Manslaughter

Six white men, ages 18 to 21, were charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of a black teenager in July during a brawl outside a party in Anne Arundel County, prosecutors said. All six were taken into custody.

A grand jury returned indictments including the names of four men who were initially charged with murder in the death of Jamahl Jones, 17. To the dismay of some civil rights leaders, prosecutors had withdrawn the murder charges, saying the case required further investigation.


Bay Bridge Repairs Done for Now

Work crews trying to fix a botched paving job on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge have won a race against the cold weather, and weeks of unanticipated delays for motorists will soon end, Maryland officials said.

The last of the concrete was poured, allowing transportation officials to open the middle westbound lane during daytime hours. The left lane is scheduled to open after the concrete cures, road barriers are removed and the lanes are restriped.

Officials said the bridge's five lanes will be open through the New Year's holiday period, when scheduled work that is part of a four-year, $60 million refurbishing project will continue. But more inconvenience and delay loom for travelers because of the faulty paving, as parts of the middle and right lanes still will need to be redone, said Maryland Transportation Secretary Robert L. Flanagan.

The multiple-lane closures, in effect for about three weeks, caused miles-long traffic tie-ups in both directions.


Pilot Safely Lands on Rte. 4

A pilot headed to Tipton Airport in Fort Meade in a single-engine plane ran out of fuel and made an emergency landing on Route 4 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland State Police said.

Neither the pilot, Michael E. Pridgen, 43, of Odenton, nor anyone on the ground was hurt in the landing, said Cpl. J. Leichtman.

Weeks of delays for motorists on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge will soon end, Maryland officials said, as construction workers complete repairs.