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Manager of Annapolis coffeehouse drowns

A manager at 49 West, a popular coffeehouse and bar in Annapolis, drowned in Spa Creek early yesterday, Annapolis police said.

Jeb Edward Bello, 32, of Winslow Court was swimming with friends about 3 a.m. at the end of Revell Street when he began having difficulty staying afloat, police said. His friends said they last saw him swimming back to shore, realized he was having a hard time and that he then disappeared from view, according to police.

A person who lives near Revell Street heard screams and called 911, said Inspector John Bowes with the Annapolis Fire Department.

Bello was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said. Authorities are investigating the death as an accidental drowning.

Bello had worked at 49 West for the past nine years and was on the night shift. His duties included keeping the menu and ambience up to date, said Paul Michalec, a day manager there. Friends gathered there yesterday afternoon and recalled his love of classical guitar and the oud, a type of lute.

Annie Linskey

Baltimore: Law enforcement

Program to focus on computer crimes

Baltimore will become one of seven new cities participating in an expanding U.S. Department of Justice program to train federal prosecutors to combat computer hacking and intellectual property crimes. Twenty-four cities have Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) units, according to the Justice Department. The Baltimore office will not receive any additional funds or additional prosecutors to handle the caseload, a spokeswoman said yesterday. Federal prosecutors in Baltimore will be responsible for coordinating the investigation and prosecution of cyber crimes and intellectual property crimes in Maryland.

Matthew Dolan

Carroll County: Westminster

Car-truck collision closes Route 31

A collision between a dump truck and a station wagon forced the closure of a mile-long stretch of Route 31 near Westminster for two hours yesterday after the truck overturned, spilling its load of stone onto the road, Maryland State Police said. The accident occurred just after 11 a.m., when a northbound Ford Escort SE began a left turn onto Tahoma Farm Road, then switched into a right turn toward Old New Windsor Pike, and was struck in the front passenger side by the northbound truck. A passenger in the Escort, Mary MacFarland, 83, of Ellicott City, was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was listed in fair condition. The driver of the Escort, Joan Greggs, 75, of Columbia was treated at the scene for minor injuries. The truck driver, Joseph Burdette, 51, of Boyds in Montgomery County, was taken to Carroll Hospital Center with minor back injuries.

David P. Greisman

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