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THE BALTIMORE SUN

In Maryland

State hopes to restart Medicaid computers for prescriptions

A pharmacy computer system for the state's Medicaid program remained out of service yesterday, but a state official said he was hopeful it could be operating by 9 a.m. today when many pharmacies open.

Nelson J. Sabatini, state health secretary, said pharmacists were doing everything possible to make sure customers received medications. The state has told pharmacists to provide a 72-hour supply of prescriptions to customers and then process claims once the computer system is back on-line.

Sabatini said consultants from around the country have been working to fix the system, which is run by First Health Services Corp. of Glen Allen, Va. Those needing prescriptions filled can check with pharmacies to see if the computer system, which processes 60,000 prescriptions a week, is operating, Sabatini said.

In Baltimore City

Fight outside birthday party ends in man's fatal shooting

An 18-year-old man was fatally shot and another man was injured yesterday morning during a fight outside a birthday party in an East Baltimore community center, police said.

When the 1 a.m. fight in the 200 block of N. Aisquith St. led to shooting, two men who police believe were not involved in the fight were struck by gunfire. Antonio Eldridge, 18, was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The other man, whose identity was unavailable, was recovering yesterday at Shock Trauma after being shot in the leg.

Although there were at least 80 people at the party, police said they have received little cooperation in identifying suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 866-756-2587.

Three teens are wounded in east-side shooting

Three teen-agers were injured, one critically, after being shot in the 100 block of N. Streeper St. in East Baltimore about 1:15 a.m. yesterday, police said.

Police said a female teen-ager was in grave condition at the Johns Hopkins Hospital after being shot in the head and neck. A 17-year-old girl was in less critical condition at Hopkins after being shot in the mouth. A 14-year-old boy was in nonlife-threatening condition at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center after being shot in the head.

No suspects have been arrested in the attack.

In Baltimore County

California man is killed when car runs into a tree

ARBUTUS - A 57-year-old California man was killed yesterday morning when a vehicle heading from the outer loop of Interstate 695 onto southbound Interstate 95 ran off the road, police said.

At about 9 a.m., a vehicle driven by Bryan Hans Shekoski Meinken, 35, of Baltimore slid off the wet roadway and into a tree, police said. The car's passenger, Meinken's father Henry Hans Shekoski, 57, of California was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.Meinken was transported to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment, police said.

In Anne Arundel

$2.5 million grant to aid Jug Bay Wetlands

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Paul S. Sarbanes and Barbara A. Mikulski announced last week the awarding of a $2.5 million grant to help preserve the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary and adjacent land in southern Anne Arundel County.

The money will be used to acquire 300 acres next to the wildlife sanctuary. The additional land would permanently protect Jug Bay farm from the threat of development, as well as secure the last mile of developable river frontage on either side of the Patuxent River.

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