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August 04, 2005|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In College Park

UM student, 21, hurt in shooting near apartment

COLLEGE PARK -- A 21-year-old University of Maryland student was shot and wounded early Wednesday near a campus apartment, university police said.

The student called police from one of the university's emergency phones outside one of the University Commons apartments near Susquehanna Hall. He told police he heard shots and was in pain, said Maj. Cathy Atwell.

Police determined that he had been shot in the buttock, and he was taken to Prince George's Hospital Center, where he was reported in good condition.

There was no apparent motive in the shooting, Atwell said.

The identity of the student, who police said is from Silver Spring, was not released.

In Maryland

NIH worker accused of anthrax threat is freed

GREENBELT -- A federal magistrate judge ordered freed on $10,000 bond yesterday an employee at the National Institutes of Health who had been charged with making an anthrax threat against an assessor's office in Florida.

Michelle Ledgister, 43, of Bethesda is scheduled to appear in court again today in Florida. She had been held in federal custody since Monday, when she surrendered to authorities near the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, where she works.

After losing a claim for property tax relief on a home she owns in Parkland, Fla., Ledgister left a voice mail message late last month at the Broward County Property Appraiser's Office in Fort Lauderdale, according to her arrest warrant. In the message, Ledgister identified herself, mentioned she worked for NIH and said, "You guys now have anthrax spores once again, so do be careful," her arrest warrant said.

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