WEST COUNTY--Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

June 04, 1993

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Strep throat hits 200 Jessup inmates

More than 200 inmates at two state correctional facilities in Jessup have been stricken with strep throat, forcing officials to cancel some activities and restrict visits from friends and relatives.

Cpl. J. Scott McCauley, spokesman for the state Division of Corrections, said the contagious disease hit Sunday night and is not expected to be over until at least Monday.

Though inmates are not being quarantined, Corporal McCauley said they are restricted to bed and are not being allowed to participate in work-release programs or to receive visitors.

About 160 of 276 inmates at the Herman L. Toulson Correctional Boot Camp, and 50 of 673 inmates at the Brockbridge Pre-Release Center are affected, Corporal McCauley said.

Inmates not affected by the disease are being allowed to leave the prison for their work-release programs.

The spokesman said outside visits should be allowed starting Monday. "We did not want to take the chance that anything would spread," he said.

Fort Meade changes phones, area code

Just when you were getting used to the new 410 area code that went into effect in November, Fort George G. Meade is changing its numbers and reverting to 301.

The Odenton Army base, which yesterday was using a phone system installed in 1956, is now up-to-date with a new GTE system called the Northern Telecom Meridian SL-100 that uses fiber optics and digital electronic switches.

Starting today, the area code for the base's 677 exchange is 301 -- even though the installation is surrounded by communities in the 410 area code. From most phones in Laurel, Odenton, Millersville, Sherwood Forest, Crofton and Annapolis, calls will be local, but 301 still must be dialed.

From most phones in the Baltimore area, calls to Fort Meade will be long distance. Calls from the 301 area code, 202 area code (Washington) and 703 area code (Northern Virginia) will be local.

If you get a recording saying that number is no longer working -- as you will in most cases -- call 301-677-6261, the installation operator, to get the new number.

Fort Meade named war community

Fort Meade will be designated a World War II Commemorative Community at ceremonies coinciding with the first summer band concert, set for 7 p.m. Sunday.

The certificate, signed by former Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney, will be presented to Col. Kent D. Menser by Col. Charles Kramer, representing the Department of Defense 50th Anniversary of World War II Commemorative Committee.

The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus will play and sing World War II-era music outside Devers Hall, near Mapes Road and Cooper Avenue. The public is invited.

The 50th Anniversary of World War II Commemorative Community Program is a grass-roots initiative designed to encourage communities, cities and states to thank and honor World War II veterans.

Fort Meade has invited all of Maryland's veterans groups and state and local officials.

POLICE LOG

* Hanover: Burglars broke into a home in the 1900 block of Portabago Lane Friday and took several compact discs and a coin collection valued at $1,155.

* Gambrills: Vandals broke into a home under construction in the 2400 block of Bell Branch Road Monday and used tar to write obscene words on the walls.

* Odenton: A resident of the 500 block of Chapelgate Drive reported that someone broke into his home between Thursday and Tuesday and took jewelry valued at $4,825.

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