U.S. Sailboat Show opening today

October 06, 1994

The Annapolis sailing community will be celebrating today with the opening of the 25th annual U.S. Sailboat Show and the anticipated announcement that the city will be a stopover during the next Whitbread Round the World Race.

More than 200 boats will be on display at the show, which organizers bill as the largest in-water boat show in the world. The show opens with a VIP and press day today and continues through Monday.

Tickets today are $20 a person and on the other days $9 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Monday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The highlight of today's events is the announcement of the Whitbread course for 1997-'98. Officials from Baltimore, Annapolis and the state are expected to make the announcement at a 2:30 p.m. news conference at the Loews Annapolis Hotel.

Although race organizers have not said so officially, for months they have made it known that they intended to bring the prestigious sailing contest to Baltimore and Annapolis.

Supporters say the event could inject $15 million to $25 million in the local economy.

Marine Corps stages daring demonstration

The eyes of Annapolis turned skyward yesterday to watch a most unusual sight: a half-dozen people, more or less, tethered to a line that was towed high in the air from a twin-rotor helicopter.

The daredevils were Marines demonstrating fast roping, a technique used to move troops in and out of terrain, such as mountains or forest, that would be otherwise inaccessible. The demonstration is part of the annual Marine Corps Static Display, in which the corps shows off its operational capabilities to Naval Academy midshipmen and the Annapolis community.

Included in this year's display at the academy's Radford Terrace and Stribling Walk are a howitzer cannon, four light armored vehicles, infantry weapons, a grenade launcher and members of the 14th Marine Regiment, who will answer questions. The display concludes tomorrow.

17-year-old grazed by a stray bullet

A 17-year-old Annapolis girl was injured by a stray bullet fired on Newtowne Drive late Tuesday.

Nasheka T. Day of the 800 block Brooke Court suffered a second-degree burn on her right calf when the bullet grazed her skin, police said. She was treated at Anne ArundelMedical Center and released.

Ms. Day told the police that she was standing outside her home about 10:30 p.m. when she heard gunshots. She started to run and was struck.Pair arrested Sunday after domestic dispute

A man and woman were arrested Sunday in Edgewater after a domestic dispute -- he charged with beating his girlfriend at a Texaco station, and she with traffic offenses including hit-and-run accidents as she tried to flee with two children in her car, police said.

Officers went to the gas station in the 3000 block of Solomons Island Road shortly before 8 p.m. after receiving a call that a man was assaulting a woman. A woman with cuts on her arm and red marks on her neck told them that her boyfriend had choked and hit her.

Police arrested the man, but the woman got into her 1989 Plymouth and drove away. She ignored the orders of two other patrolmen to stop, and struck a truck and a police car in an attempt to flee, police said.

John Thomas Jobson, 33, of the 9900 block of Shoshone Way was charged with assault and battery. His girlfriend, Sandra Lynn Obier, 32, of the same address, was charged with fleeing, hit and run, driving while intoxicated and driving with a suspended license, police said.

Burglars break into Rite Aid pharmacy

Burglars used cinder blocks to smash in the front glass doors of a Rite Aid pharmacy early Tuesday, but the manager of the store could not immediately tell if anything was stolen, county police said.

Southern District Officer Andrew Siske went to the store located in the first block of Parole Plaza shortly after midnight to investigate an alarm. He found the outer doors had been smashed open and a cinder block propping open an inner door which apparently had been left unlocked, police said.

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