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November 12, 2009

Burial is set for VMI student from Highland

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A 19-year-old Virginia Military Institute cadet from Highland who died after completing a 10-mile march at the school over the weekend will be buried Saturday in Clarksville. John Alexander Evans, a 2009 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School in Irvington, died Saturday at a nearby hospital after collapsing in his barracks room at the Lexington, Va., school. Results of an autopsy could be released as early as next week, according to Col. Stewart MacInnis, a spokesman for VMI. Evans' family will receive visitors at Harry H. Witzki's Family Funeral Home, 4112 Old Columbia Pike in Ellicott City, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. A Mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Louis Catholic Church, 12500 Clarksville Pike/Route 109 in Clarksville. Interment will follow at the church.

- John-John Williams IV

Iraqis to discuss police issues with Baltimore department

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A group of Iraqi police officers and representatives from the Pentagon are scheduled to visit with Baltimore police next month to learn about informing the public about crime and interacting with residents. Anthony Guglielmi, the city police chief spokesman, said the visit is to take place Dec. 11 and 12 and will include a day talking with Baltimore public affairs officers, members of the news media and a community open house. On Dec. 12, they are scheduled to participate in a Citizens on Patrol walk in the Southwestern District. The walks, started by Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III, are designed to help residents and police interact and are conducted routinely in nearly every neighborhood throughout the city. Guglielmi said the group is meeting with several city police departments in addition to Baltimore.

- Peter Hermann

Copter maker drops protest of Md. medevac bid process

American Eurocopter, the manufacturer of Maryland's medevac fleet, has dropped its protest of the state's bidding process to acquire new helicopters that are expected to cost more than $50 million. The company, which did not submit a bid, had filed a formal protest saying the process was flawed because it favored another company and would lead to the purchase of helicopters that are more expensive than necessary. The Maryland Department of Transportation denied American Eurocopter's protest last month. The company then wrote to Gov. Martin O'Malley, saying that it would not appeal or litigate the decision.

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Laura Smitherman

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