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Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal Dwayne Svites said a suspect was taken into custody and was being questioned by authorities.

The blaze was reported about 4:20 a.m. yesterday. It began in a second-floor unit of an apartment complex in the 2100 block of Crain Highway.

Charles County spokesman George Clarkson said two persons suffered hip and back injuries and bruises when they jumped from the building to escape the smoke and flames. They were being treated at hospitals.

Several units in the complex suffered smoke and water damage.

Man pleads guilty to inappropriate film

A Salisbury man pleaded guilty to inappropriately filming swimmers at a meet in Lancaster County, Pa.

On June 16, parents at a swim meet at the Woodridge Swim Club in Lititz, Pa., noticed that Thomas Vernon Bartow, 34, was filming but that he was not cheering for anyone.

Police found more than 30 minutes of footage taken by Bartow that focused on the swimmers’ crotch and buttock areas.

Several parents told police that they had noticed Bartow at previous swim events. Bartow was fined $421.


Black bear wanders through neighborhood

A black bear was seen wandering through the Beverly Farms neighborhood.

Police said they received three reports between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, all in the area near Coldstream Drive.

Although county police and Maryland-National Capital Park Police officers could not find a bear, police say it is possible there could be one.

Black bears looking for unoccupied territory have been regular visitors to Montgomery County for the past several years.

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