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Annapolis woman, in Pa., jumps, dies

An Annapolis woman killed herself at Gettysburg National Military Park by jumping off a 76-foot-tall observation tower, authorities said yesterday.

Quebec high school students on a field trip to the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania found the body of Mary L. Pastirik, 47, about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, said Officer Tim Biggins of the Cumberland Township Police Department.

The department is investigating the death and declined to provide further details about Pastirik. The Adams County (Pa.) coroner, Patricia Felix, has ruled the death a suicide.

Pastirik apparently jumped from the Longstreet Tower, which has an open deck and provides a panoramic view of the battlefield as well as the Eisenhower National Historic Site, the retirement home of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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: Sentencing

Man gets term in counterfeit scam

A 25-year-old Silver Spring man was sentenced in federal court in Baltimore yesterday to almost three years in prison for possession of counterfeit money orders and bank checks, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

Federal prosecutors said that Adebayo Michael Idamakin was mailed the counterfeit bank checks and money orders from friends in England, Nigeria and France, and that he then sent them to others around the country. The checks and money orders were then cashed, with money and goods mailed back to England and Nigeria, prosecutors said.

In other cases, according to a plea agreement entered in U.S. District Court, Idamakin recruited people to cash the counterfeit money orders and checks, with them keeping some of the money.

After investigators intercepted six mailings with $708,500 in counterfeit checks and money orders, they put together a package of $228,800 in counterfeit checks and arrested Idamakin after he picked up the package from the front desk of his apartment building, according to prosecutors.

In addition to the 33-month prison sentence, Judge Catherine C. Blake sentenced Idamakin to three years of supervised release.


Track maintenance to disrupt schedules

The Metro Subway weekend schedule will be disrupted Saturday and Sunday because of track maintenance, says the Maryland Transit Administration. Trains will run every 14 minutes, according to the MTA, which is more frequent than the usual 15-minute interval between trains on weekend days and the 22 minutes between trains on weekend nights. But some trains may experience short delays during the work, MTA officials warn. Information: 410-539-5000.

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