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An item published in Thursday's Maryland section about a Baltimore District Court judge ordering Maryland Transportation Authority Police to return money seized from three male strippers they had arrested might have left the impression that all the money confiscated by officers had to be returned. In fact, the judge ordered $2,109 returned to the men and allowed the state to keep $7,891, according to court records.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Malfunction closes pool in Cherry Hill indefinitely

The Cherry Hill Splash Park on Reedbird Avenue will be closed indefinitely because of a flooding problem in a pump room, according to the city Department of Recreation and Parks.

The pool in Cherry Hill Park was closed last month, and city officials said it had to be drained after it was determined that repairs would take an "extended period." Officials said a contractor has been hired to replace the electrical system.

Patrons are urged to use the Cherry Hill Aquatics Center, about 10 minutes from the splash park, and the Riverside pool, about five minutes away.

Two other Baltimore swimming pools that were closed Tuesday because of fecal contamination reopened yesterday, a recreation and parks spokeswoman said. They are the Clifton Park pool at 2031 Sinclair Lane and the Walter P. Carter pool at 820 E. 43rd St.

"We apologize for the inconvenience, especially on these hot summer days," Portia Harris, associate director of Recreation and Parks, said in a statement. "The city is doing everything possible to get the pool back up and running."


: Courts

MdTA Police must pay strippers back

A Baltimore District Court judge has ordered Maryland Transportation Authority Police to return money taken from three male strippers stopped for speeding just south of the Harbor Tunnel last year.

The three men, returning from a show in Philadelphia, were arrested after their attorney, Jimmy Bell, said police found a small amount of marijuana on the roadside. Police officers then confiscated about $10,000 in tips the three men had received at the show. While in custody, one officer also took nude pictures of the three, saying they were needed to document any tattoos.

According to court records, Baltimore prosecutors dropped misdemeanor drug possession charges against Edward Cloyd, 30, of Washington; David A. Lawrence Jr., 32, of Severn; and Derrick Williams, 31, of College Park.

A $5 million civil rights lawsuit against the agency is scheduled to go to trial March 28, Bell said.


Free immunization clinics this week

Baltimore City's Health Department is planning two free immunization clinics this week in anticipation of the start of the school year. A clinic is set for Lexington Market from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow, and another is set for Saturday at the YMCA Stadium Place on East 33rd Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parents and guardians should bring children's immunizations records to the clinics. For more information, call 410-396-4454.

Carroll County

: Eldersburg

Teen arrested in KFC bottle bombs

A 17-year-old Sykesville teenager was arrested in connection with an incident at an Eldersburg KFC restaurant, where authorities said soda bottle bombs caused about $2,000 in kitchen damage July 20, the state marshal's office said.

The teen was referred to the Department of Juvenile Services on Tuesday on charges of manufacturing and possession of destructive devices, Deputy State Fire Marshal W. Faron Taylor said.

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