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In Baltimore County

Teen is found one year after reported missing

PIKESVILLE -- A 14-year-old Pikesville girl has been found one year after she was reported missing, Baltimore County police said yesterday.

The parents of Ashley Blanc reported her missing April 19, 1999. Police said a concerned citizen called the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children after seeing the girl's picture on a television news show. The tip led detectives to a house in Dundalk where the girl was found.

Blanc had been living at the home under a different name, police said. She was in good condition and was reunited with her parents.

Cardin schedules meeting on Medicare and drug costs

PIKESVILLE -- Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin will hold a town meeting Tuesday to allow senior citizens to express their views on the high cost of prescription drugs and the need for Medicare reform.

Cardin, a Democrat who represents Maryland's 3rd Congressional District, said he expects reform to be a major issue in Congress this year.

The meeting begins at 2 p.m. at Pikesville Senior Center, 1301 Reisterstown Road.

Public invited to job fair at Dundalk campus May 12

DUNDALK -- Job seekers in the Baltimore area will have the opportunity to meet with prospective employers during Job Expo '00 from noon to 4 p.m. May 12 at the Dundalk campus of the Community College of Baltimore.

The event is free and open to anyone seeking a job or career change. More than 90 businesses will accept applications and resumes. Organizations that plan to participate include the Johns Hopkins University, Mercy Medical Center, Catholic Charities and First Mariner Bank.

The fair will be held in the Health Life Fitness Building, 7200 Sollers Point Road.

In Baltimore City

Nonemergency calls shifted to voice mail by police

Beginning tomorrow, calls to the Police Department's non- emergency 311 line will be answered by an automated voice-mail system that officials say will get help to citizens faster.

The new system will give callers several options to link with either police, the Fire Department, the Department of Public Works, or a Neighborhood Service Center. The menu will be available in English, Spanish and Korean.

Police said the system will enable quick forwarding of complaints to the appropriate agency. Public works dispatchers work in the Police Department's communications center to take calls for such problems as water main breaks or downed trees. People needing police or fire assistance in emergencies should dial 911.

Police veteran assumes Eastern District command

A 20-year police veteran has been named commander of the Eastern District, where he will direct more than 200 officers patrolling some of the city's most violent neighborhoods.

Maj. Elfago Moye, 40, most recently served as the Police Department's liaison to the General Assembly, lobbying for bills backed by the department. He has been a patrol officer in the Southeastern District.

He was promoted to sergeant in 1992, lieutenant in 1998 and major last year. He replaces James L. Hawkins Jr., who was promoted to colonel April 4 and put in charge of detectives. Moye is scheduled to assume command Tuesday.

In Baltimore City

Gaddy gets Douglass award for work with community

Bea Gaddy, an East Baltimore advocate for the homeless, was honored at the Enoch Pratt Free Library yesterday with the University Systems of Maryland's "Frederick Douglass Award" for 2000.

Gaddy's achievements include surviving breast cancer, raising five children, being elected to the City Council in November and founding 11 family services centers around town in her name.

The medal, symbolizing freedom and work for the community, was awarded to Gaddy by University System Chancellor Donald N. Langenberg at the central Pratt on Cathedral Street.

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