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AROUND THE REGION

December 04, 2009

Cadet's death linked to heart condition

A 19-year-old Virginia Military Institute cadet from Highland who died last month after a 10-mile march suffered cardiac arrest because of an underlying medical condition, a Virginia medical examiner has determined. John A. Evans collapsed in his barracks room and later died Nov. 7 after completing the march at the Lexington, Va., school with other freshmen. The medical examiner found that Evans' heart attack was due to idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis, an inherited disease of the heart muscle that causes thickening of the muscle and other changes that impair the heart's function, according to VMI spokesman Col. Stewart MacInnis. VMI is in the process of completing an internal review of the events surrounding Evans' death, according to MacInnis. Evans, a 2009 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School in Catonsville, was buried at St. Louis Roman Catholic Church in Clarksville on Nov. 14.

- John-John Williams IV

Animal welfare director charged in funds theft

The director of the Howard County Animal Welfare Society has been charged with stealing more than $50,000 of the private nonprofit group's funds. Robin Deltuva, 36, who lives at the longtime shelter compound next to the county government's separate animal facility in Ellicott City, is free on $20,000 bail. She's facing arraignment later this month, said Assistant State's Attorney Colleen McGuinn. Deltuva, whose mother, Michelle Deltuva, ran the private society for years, is charged with one count of a felony theft scheme. McGuinn said that allegation means "she was using the society's funds for personal purposes" over an 18-month period. Volunteers at the facility went to county police, McGuinn said, after noticing unusual expenses on a society account.

- Larry Carson

Federal grant to buy gear for remodeled 911 center

Baltimore County officials will use a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to upgrade equipment at the 911 Center in Towson, a facility that is set to undergo a $14 million renovation within the next two years. The purchases include a monitoring system that can detect glitches in equipment and alert maintenance staff to address problems before any failure occurs. A radio frequency data alerting system that allows police officers and emergency crews to send text messages to the center dispatchers is also among the planned new equipment. The grant will also fund improvements and an expansion to the center's telephone system and pay for the installation of a fiber-optic link between the center and police headquarters. The County Council expects to approve the grant at its session Monday.

- Mary Gail Hare

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