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Regional Digest

November 16, 1999

In Maryland

DNR police officer charged with stealing drug money

A Department of Natural Resources police officer has been charged with stealing $200 in drug money seized during a traffic stop, the state attorney general's office said yesterday.

Donald Jacobs, 38, of the 3800 block of Arbutus Ave. also was charged with misconduct in office and obstruction of justice. Trial is set for Feb. 29 in Baltimore City Circuit Court.

At the time of the alleged offense, Jacobs was assigned to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force. The money was seized by the Maryland Transportation Authority Police during a stop in the Fort McHenry Tunnel, the attorney general said.

In Wicomico County

Drive for marrow donor brings more than 2,300

SALISBURY -- More than 2,300 people showed up for a bone-marrow testing drive in Salisbury this weekend to help an 11-year-old girl with acute myeloid leukemia. Ginger Lasley was diagnosed Oct. 20. She needs a transplant, but no family member is a suitable match. The family turned to the community for help.

Volunteers were so overwhelmed by the turnout Saturday, they had to ask people to return Sunday. A total of 2,350 people showed up, organizers said. "It's the biggest drive we've ever had. It not only helps Ginger, but all this testing could help thousands around the world," said Sandy Mortensen, Eastern Seaboard coordinator for the National Marrow Donor Program.

Joan Keller, headquarters director of the Louisiana-based American Bone Marrow Donor Registry, said it was the largest for her organization.

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