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Regional Digest

July 04, 2002

In Maryland

Pension board hires firm to advise on investment strategy

The state pension board, under pressure from the General Assembly after a $3 billion loss last year, has chosen an independent consulting firm to advise it on investment strategy.

The board hired EnnisKnupp, a Chicago-based firm that advises 16 public pension funds with a combined $200 billion in assets.

The state employee pension system has lagged far behind other public pension funds in investment performance, according to a national survey. The system is expected to post another loss for the fiscal year that ended Sunday. A final figure was not available yesterday.

West Nile-infected birds found in D.C. suburbs

The focus of West Nile virus activity in Maryland this year appears to be in the Washington suburbs. State health officials said yesterday that tests of 300 birds have found the mosquito-borne virus in just three - all in Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

By July 4 last year, eight infected birds had been found in Maryland, all of them in the Baltimore area, where six human cases emerged later in the summer. Three of the victims died.

Officials urge residents to remove standing water on their property that could provide a breeding site for mosquitoes. Dead or dying birds can be reported by calling 866-866-CROW (866-866-2769).

In Carroll County

Sex offense registrant accused of false address

A Taylorsville man was charged yesterday with giving a false address in registering as a child sexual offender under what is know as Megan's Law, according to state police at Westminster.

Charles B. Miller, 50, of the 1800 block of W. Old Liberty Road has been charged with providing false information when he registered in April at the Maryland State Police barracks in Westminster. He was at the Carroll County Central Booking Unit yesterday, awaiting an appearance before a District Court commissioner.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine, police said.

An investigation began in May when Mount Airy residents saw a man listed at a Fleming Road address on the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services' sex offender Web site, police said. When they learned that he did not live there, they contacted the state police Child Abuse and Sexual Assault unit.

An investigation found the man had not lived at that address for five years and was living elsewhere, a violation of the registration law, the police said. Lt. Terry L. Katz, the Westminster barracks commander, said a CASA investigator has been assigned to verify all such addresses.

In Baltimore City

Police trying to ID body found in east-side house

Police today were attempting to identify a man found shot to death early yesterday in a vacant house in East Baltimore. No arrest had been made.

Homicide Detective Vernon Parker said Eastern District police entered a house in the 1600 block of E. Oliver St. about 8 a.m. after receiving a call that the body of a man was in the house. Police found the man lying in a second-floor bedroom, dead from a gunshot wound to the upper torso.

Parker said police received a call of shots fired in the area about 3 a.m. but that no victim was found. "The call was one of those generic shooting calls with no specific location," Parker said.

Anyone with information should call Parker at 410- 396-2100.

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