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Officials from the University of Maryland Medical Center said Officer Loretta Francis, 34, was released early yesterday. Shock Trauma listed Officer Karen Brzowsky, 29, in satisfactory and stable condition. The officers were on patrol when their vehicle was hit by gunfire, but Officer Brzowsky was able to drive the vehicle to safety and radio for help.


Guards charged with credit-card theft

Two state corrections officers at the Central Booking and Intake Center in Baltimore have been charged with stealing credit cards from people under arrest.

Lontona Maria Webb, 38, and Latoya Renee James, 24, were arrested Monday and charged with several counts of credit-card fraud, identity theft and misconduct in office. Police also arrested Michael Moore, 26, who they said was Miss Webb’s boyfriend.

Authorities said the economic crimes division of the state’s attorney’s office had been investigating the case since February after several detainees complained that their credit cards were stolen while they were being held at Central Booking. A grand jury indicted the three last week.

Jail officials said the credit cards were stolen from detainees between November and March and that at least eight victims lost more than $5,000 each.

Miss Webb was fired in March and Miss James has been placed on administrative leave pending completion of an investigation, a spokesman for the center said.


Teen’s killer gets 35 years

An Eastport man has been sentenced to 35 years for shooting a man for what he considered disrespectful behavior.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Paul Harris sentenced Erik Brown, 22, on Monday. The judge also ordered Brown to pay $10,000 in restitution and serve five years of probation. Brown shot Ryan Johnson, 19, in July 2006 because Mr. Johnson made an obscene gesture at a party that night.

Man saves boy from runaway boat

Officials in New Hampshire said a Maryland man rescued a Massachusetts teen after a boating accident on Ossipee Lake in Massachusetts.

The 15-year-old boy from West Newbury, Mass., fell out of his boat Monday afternoon while crossing the wake of another boat. After he landed in the water, his boat circled around him, coming so close that he had to dive underwater to avoid being run over.

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