City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

September 06, 2006

Divers recover body of boater missing since Sunday

Divers recovered yesterday the body of an Eastern Shore man who was aboard a powerboat that split apart and sank in the Susquehanna River during a boat race Sunday in Port Deposit, authorities said.

Just before 11 a.m., the body of Paul Henry Sohn, 49, and Sohn's boat, Jumpin' Jack Flash, were pulled from the muddy bottom of the river, which is about 20 feet deep at that point.

Sohn and his 15-year-old son, Timothy John Sohn, were racing in a Jersey Skiff when the accident occurred at the start of the Sunday race, said Tom Knight, the race chairman. Timothy was uninjured in the accident and swam to safety, Knight said.

Sgt. Ken Turner of the Maryland Natural Resources Police said the wreckage was located yesterday morning by two DNR divers and a diver from the American Power Boat Association, which held the race.

Dive teams had been searching for the missing boater and vessel for two days.

Julie Bykowicz

Baltimore County: Catonsville

Police identify victims of fatal crash

Baltimore County police identified yesterday two men killed in a crash Saturday night in Catonsville.

Cesar Noe Gomez Gonzalez, 25, of the Gwynn Oak area of the county, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Hector Orlando Campo, a 23-year-old Montgomery County man, died at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said. Both men were thrown from the vehicle. Neither was wearing a seat belt. Gonzalez was eastbound on U.S. 40 near Winters Lane in a 1996 Ford Explorer shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday when his vehicle swerved and struck struck a 2006 Hyundai driven by Romero Garland Bigelow, 43, of Baltimore, county police spokesman Bill Toohey said. Bigelow was not injured. The Explorer then struck a 1994 Toyota Tercel driven by Irina Auer, 28, of Arbutus. Both Auer and a passenger, Kristina Zangeranski, 52, a visitor from Slovenia, were taken to Shock Trauma.

Julie Scharper

Baltimore: BCCC

Registration today for GED classes

Baltimore City Community College is holding registration for its General Educational Development classes from 9 a.m. to noon and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today in Room 30 of the college's Business and Continuing Education Center, 710 E. Lombard St. Registration will continue from 9 a.m. to noon Friday in the same location. Classes begin Sept. 18 and 19, and run through December in sites across the city. The classes are designed for adults 16 and older who do not have high school diplomas. For more information, contact the Business and Continuing Education Center at 410-986-5435 or 410-986- 5444.

Baltimore: Aquarium

Volunteers sought as exhibit guides

The National Aquarium in Baltimore is seeking volunteers to work as exhibit guides, teaching and interpreting exhibits. Volunteers typically work one 3 1/2 -hour shift a week, receive training and must be at least 18. The next training class is to begin Oct. 14.

Information: 410-576-3886.

Baltimore: Pratt library

Tribute to Mencken to be held Saturday

The Enoch Pratt Free Library is holding a tribute to author and newspaperman H.L. Mencken on Saturday at the Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., from 10:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Author and critic Christopher Hitchens is to discuss Mencken at 2:30 p.m. in the library's Wheeler Auditorium. The Pratt library holds many of Mencken's books and papers.

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