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Hospital evacuates about 200 after rupture of natural gas line

About 200 people were evacuated from Anne Arundel Medical Center yesterday after a contractor ruptured a natural gas line, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Staff members, patients and visitors at the Wayson, Donner and Edwards pavilions at the Annapolis-area hospital were sent outside or to other buildings on the campus shortly before noon, said Effie Dawson, an AAMC spokeswoman.

The three pavilions house medical offices, therapy rooms and outpatient surgery areas, but no surgeries were under way at the time and others were delayed, she said. Some private doctors' offices might have canceled appointments.

The emergency department, the Clatinoff Pavilion for labor and delivery and the main hospital area - the Acute Care Pavilion - were not affected by the evacuation, Dawson said.

Anne Arundel County firefighters shut down the ramp to the hospital from westbound U.S. 50 while the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. repaired the break in the gas line, said Lt. Roy Phillips, a Fire Department spokesman.

Firefighters tested and approved the air quality, Dawson said, before the hospital allowed everyone to return to the three buildings at 1:45 p.m.

The contractor was working on a parking garage under construction as part of the hospital's $200 million expansion.


: Sentencing

Ex-Morgan student put on probation

Dameek Yerby, who was attending Morgan State University at the time he held up a fellow student in 2004, has been sentenced to three years of probation.

Yerby, 24, was convicted May 10 by a Baltimore jury of robbery and second-degree assault and acquitted of armed robbery and first-degree assault.

According to prosecutors, a Morgan State student was walking to her campus dorm about 10 p.m. Nov. 8, 2004, when she was startled by a man with a handgun who told her, "Give me all you got!"

The woman gave the man, whom she later identified as Yerby, about $15 from her wallet.

Yerby has no prior convictions, prosecutors said, meaning that sentencing guidelines suggested a sentence of three months to four years. Circuit Judge Albert Matricianni sentenced him Monday to six years, suspending all but time served - one day.

Julie Bykowicz

West side

Inquiry continues into fatal fire

Officials are continuing to investigate a fire in West Baltimore on Saturday that killed a 49-year-old woman who jumped from a third-floor window. Chief Kevin Cartwright, the department spokesman, said the fire burned a rowhouse converted into apartments in the 500 block of N. Carrollton Ave. He said Rolanda Smith, who jumped, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was pronounced dead at 1:50 a.m. Sunday.


Drug treatment discussion tomorrow

Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems, which administers publicly funded drug treatment in the city, will host a free community forum on drug treatment at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at Wayland Baptist Church, 3200 Garrison Blvd.

Topics are to include how to help a person with a drug addiction, how to prevent children from using drugs, and the location of recovery centers. A light dinner will be served. Reservations are required.

The moderator will be Carlos Hardy, executive director of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence - Maryland. Reservations, 410-637- 1900, Ext. 215.

Notre Dame

Information session scheduled tomorrow

An information session for the College of Notre Dame of Maryland's Accelerated College and Weekend College is set for 6 p.m. tomorrow in Fourier Hall on the campus, 4701 N. Charles St.

Information or reservations: 410-532-5500, or www.ndm.edu.

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