Naval Academy opens to visitors but with heightened...

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September 27, 2001

Naval Academy opens to visitors but with heightened security

The Naval Academy opened its grounds to the public Tuesday for the first time in two weeks after the terrorist attacks Sept. 11 forced the Navy to adopt heightened security measures there.

But access rules have changed since the attack and officials are not sure when or if the rules will return to what they were before Sept. 11. Under the modified security rules, visitors are subject to random identification checks as well as searches of their vehicles or person.

Visitors are permitted on the grounds between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and during regularly scheduled events. All visitors - even local residents who want to jog or walk on the grounds - must have a valid picture identification, such as a driver's license.

Vehicles without Department of Defense stickers must enter through Gate 1. Gate 8 will be open 24 hours and Gates 1 and 3 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Two men suffer injuries in stabbing at gas station

Two men were injured, one critically, when they were stabbed during a fight at a Glen Burnie gas station early yesterday, county police said.

Rodney Jerome White III, 25, of the 100 block of Pineview Ave. in Severna Park was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for emergency surgery. He was in critical condition yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The other victim, Robert Tabyron Jacobs, 22, of the 1400 block of Middleton Road in Annapolis, was treated at North Arundel Hospital and released, police said.

Detectives were interviewing witnesses yesterday and had not determined a motive for the stabbings, said Lt. Joseph Jordan, a police spokesman.

Police officers saw the two injured men about 2 a.m. amid a crowd of more than 100 people gathered outside the Shell gas station in the first block of Mountain Road. Jordan said crowds often gather there when the nearby Club Rumblefish nightclub closes.

Police said witnesses described the assailant as a black man in his 20s, about 6 feet 6 inches tall, weighing about 230 pounds, with cornrows in his hair and a goatee.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Detective Herb Hasenpusch at 410-222- 3566.

One Hundred Club directs donations to N.Y. families

The One Hundred Club, an organization recently formed to raise money for the families of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty in Anne Arundel County, is directing donations to the widows and children of officers and firefighters who died in the World Trade Center attack to a New York charity.

Responding to the many inquiries about helping the families of those killed in New York, One Hundred Club President Charles "Pete" Shaeffer Jr. said donations should be sent to the nonprofit New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund.

Checks can be made directly to the fund and mailed to P.O. Box 3713, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163. The organization's Web site is www.nypfwc.org.

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