Fire safety conference set for tomorrow

Maryland State Fire Marshall Rocco J. Gabriele has announced the Governor's Fire Safety Conference will take place tomorrow at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. The theme for the 1992 conference is "Discover a New World of Fire Safety," and helps to mark the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' arrival in America with recommendations for new fire safety discoveries.

Alber G. Kirchner, superintendent of the National Fire Academy, will provide the keynote address.

The conference will be attended by more than 350 people from six eastern seaboard states and Canada. The Governor's Fire Safety Conference is the largest one-day safety conference in the country and originated under Gov. Millard Tawes in 1960.

The program will include workshops on various fire protection and fire safety topics, including implementing a fire setter intervention program for juvenile fire setters, fire safety in health care facilities, effective lobbying for fire safety legislation, and building coalitions and partnerships for fire safety.

The conference will be attended by fire and building safety officials, safety managers, insurance managers, health care providers and administrators as well as concerned citizens.

4 sought in theft of bicycle

Howard County police said they are searching for four boys who punched an 11-year-old North Laurel boy Tuesday afternoon and stole his 18-speed Huffy bicycle.

At about 3 p.m. Tuesday, police said four boys approached the 11-year-old outside Laurel Woods Elementary School in the 9200 block of North Laurel Road and punched him in the groin. They then took the boy's orange Huffy bicycle, police said.

The boys were described only as being between 10 and 16, police said.

The boy who was punched was not seriously injured, police said.


* North Laurel: 9200 block of E. Livery Lane: Someone stole four Mustang rim caps Sunday valued at $100 from a 1991 Ford Mustang.

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