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In Anne Arundel

No one injured in fire at Naval Station pier

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ANNAPOLIS - Fire investigators were looking into the cause of an early morning blaze that damaged part of a Naval Station pier in Annapolis yesterday.

The fire, reported about 3 a.m., resulted in no injuries and will have no operational impact on the base, which is across the Severn River from the Naval Academy and supports the school, said Cmdr. Rod Gibbons, a Naval Academy spokesman.

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The pier is part of the base's Morale, Welfare and Recreation program, he said.

Investigators were compiling a damage estimate yesterday. No boats were damaged in the fire, he said.

Glen Burnie man, 33, fatally shot in Annapolis

ANNAPOLIS - A Glen Burnie man was shot to death early yesterday in the 1800 block of Bowman Court in Annapolis, police said.

Officers responding to a report of gunfire shortly after 4 a.m. found Shaamgaudd Allah Bates, 33, suffering from a gunshot wound to the back of his head, police said. Bates, of the 800 block of Budding Branch Road, was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The shooting is under investigation.

In Queen Anne's

Man dies after being hit by car while lying on road

QUEENSTOWN - A Queen Anne's County man was pronounced dead at the scene after being struck by a car while lying on a road yesterday, state police said.

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Investigators were awaiting an autopsy report to determine why Thomas Branch, 54, of Queenstown was lying on Friels Road about 1:40 a.m. when he was struck by a westbound 1994 Chevrolet Corsica driven by a Stevensville woman.


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