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December 01, 2009

Body found in Back Creek might be that of houseboater

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A body found Monday morning in Back Creek in Annapolis was believed to be that of a man who lived on a nearby houseboat. The body's sighting was reported to police about 9 a.m., according to Annapolis police spokesman Ray Weaver. Officers went to the area, near Bert Jabin's Yacht Yard, and turned the investigation over to Maryland Natural Resources Police. Last Tuesday, police took a report that Heino Hans Gerard Hopp, 62, was missing and his dinghy found adrift in Back Creek, said NRP Sgt. Art Windemuth. They had not located family to verify that Hopp really was missing when a body was found Monday. Windemuth said police are investigating whether Hopp is missing and are working to identify the body. Police said Hopp was not well-known by people at Bert Jabin's.

- Andrea F. Siegel

Baltimore among 10 cities to go red for World AIDS Day

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Baltimore will join cities across the nation today and deck a signature landmark in red lights to observe World AIDS Day. The Monumental City has chosen the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon Place and will turn the nearly 200-foot tower crimson at 7 p.m. Ten American cities are participating in the observance to raise awareness and funds to fight the AIDS epidemic in Africa, where it's reported that 22 million people are coping with the disease and 4,100 die every day. San Francisco will light its Coit Tower and City Hall, while Los Angeles will turn its Central Library and the pylons at its airport crimson, and Chicago will use its CNA Center to mark the day. Other participating cities include Boston, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, St. Louis, Columbus, Ohio, and Providence, R.I. Baltimore's observance will begin at 6 p.m. with a service at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, which faces the monument, and a candlelight vigil. Mayor Sheila Dixon is scheduled to deliver remarks shortly before the lighting. Many of the red lights will be switched to multiple colors as the city prepares for its annual holiday celebration at the monument at 7 p.m. Thursday.

- Mary Gail Hare

Police seek Timonium woman, 23, missing since last week

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Baltimore County police are asking for the public's help in finding a 23-year-old woman who has been missing since last week. Jerryell Myesha Foster has not been seen since she left her home on Hazy Morn Court in Timonium at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Relatives told police that Foster did not attend a family Thanksgiving dinner and they are concerned about her. They said it was out of character for Foster to miss a holiday with family members and to not be in touch with them. Foster was described as black, 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing about 125 pounds. Anyone with information about her is asked to call the Baltimore County Police Department at 410-307-2020 or the Missing Persons Unit at 410-887-3943.

- Nick Madigan

State Dept. to build school in Queen Anne's County

The federal government has chosen a 2,000-acre Eastern Shore farm as the preferred location of a new State Department campus for training diplomats and security personnel. The Queen Anne's County property, near Routes 304 and 481, was one of several potential sites under study in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland, including one close to Hagerstown. A public hearing on construction of the planned Foreign Affairs Security Training Center, which would include shooting ranges, a terrorist avoidance driving school, munitions detection and language instruction, is expected to be held later this month. Designed to consolidate training that now takes place at 15 places around the U.S., the project could cost as much as $500 million and, when completed, employ about 500 full-time personnel and train up to 10,000 students a year.

- Paul West

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