Local Leads: 06/24/2011

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By Carlos Martinez
|  Friday, Jun 24, 2011  |  Updated 12:44 PM EDT
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Local Leads: Metro Bomb Scares and Synthetic Pot

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The following stories have been hand-selected by the Assignment Desk at News4:

14-Year-Old Girl Drowns While Sailing in Severn

Hometown Annapolis: "A teenage girl drowned after her boat capsized during sailing lessons in the Severn River Thursday afternoon. Fourteen-year-old Olivia Constants' Club 420 capsized near the Naval Academy at about 3:15 p.m. during a lesson with the Severn Sailing Association Junior Sailing Program, said Sgt. Art Windemuth, a spokesman for the Natural Resources Police.The Broadneck High School student was wearing a harness that got caught in the boat's rigging when it capsized."

Man Used Neighbor’s Internet Network to Access Child Porn

Timonium Patch: "Sometimes it doesn’t pay to be neighborly. The Lutherville man arrested earlier this month on child pornography charges used his unwitting neighbor’s secured wireless Internet network to access illegal sexual images of children, according to charging documents.The neighbor had given the man—Richard Wayne Poehlman, 61—the password to his network months earlier when Poehlman told him he couldn’t afford his own Internet connection."

 Bomb Scares, Threats Hit Metro about Twice Daily

Washington Examiner: "It may feel like officials are shutting down Metro stations for suspicious packages all the time.Well, you aren't imagining it.Metro has responded to 339 calls for service in the first half of 2011 involving a suspicious person, package, bomb threat or similar condition, according to the transit agency. That’s almost two cases every day."

Users Stocked Up on Synthetic Marijuana

LocalKicks.com: "Just two months ago, synthetic marijuana was available for purchase at convenient stores, gas stations and drug paraphernalia shops across the country. High school students were buzzing about the substance that provided them a “legal” method for getting high. Now, possession of that product could draw a jail sentence.”

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