- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 19, 2009

MARYLAND

ST. MICHAELS

Actor Depp’s yacht spotted in dock

It’s not the Black Pearl, but the Vajoliroja, Johnny Depp’s 156-foot motor yacht, has been spotted docked around the Chesapeake Bay this week.

And fans are keeping an eye out for Mr. Depp, who played Capt. Jack Sparrow in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies.

The yacht left the Annapolis Yacht Basin Co. on Wednesday and was docked Thursday at St. Michaels Marina. But no sightings of Mr. Depp have been confirmed, and members of the yacht’s crew said he wasn’t aboard Thursday.

ANNAPOLIS

Steele deal enters renewed negotiations

State elections officials said a deal they struck with the Maryland Republican Party to pay back $75,000 to former Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele’s campaign account has fallen apart.

The party, which has run into financial difficulties, agreed last week to incrementally repay the money to Mr. Steele, now chairman of the Republican National Committee. The two sides disagreed over whether the payments would be a percentage of net or gross funds raised above $15,000 for administrative expenses.

The state Board of Elections had found that Mr. Steele’s account made an improper contribution to the central committee to help cover legal fees during a redistricting dispute.

Jared DeMarinis, board campaign finance division director, said negotiations were renewed and a new agreement might be signed soon.

Maryland Republican Party Chairman James Pelura said the party was reviewing the new terms.

NORTH EAST

Electrician finds hand in yard

Maryland State Police said an electrician working in the yard of a Cecil County home unearthed a human hand that investigators believe was taken from a medical school decades ago.

Trooper Dave Feltman said the hand found Tuesday appeared to be surgically removed. It was muddy, but only the fingertips showed signs of decay.

Will Saxberg, the son of a previous owner of the North East-area home, said the hand was one of two souvenirs he took from the University of Maryland’s medical school while enrolled there more than 50 years ago.

Mr. Saxberg, who is in his 70s, said he also took a cranium, which ended up at a Harford County school, where he taught for 30 years.

The hand as been sent to the Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner.

VIRGINIA

ROANOKE

White supremacist’s bond is approved

U.S. District Court Judge James Turk on Friday granted a $25,000 bond for avowed white supremacist William A. White, accused of threatening several people.

The decision was based on a psychiatrist’s finding that Mr. White doesn’t pose an imminent threat to the community. The ruling came in the prosecution’s appeal of a federal magistrate judge’s order allowing bond for Mr. White.

Mr. White is the head of a Roanoke-based neo-Nazi group. He is charged with threatening a newspaper columnist, a mayor and several others over the Internet and by telephone.

He has been in jail since October, when he was charged with threatening a Chicago jury foreman. That charge has been dismissed.

WILLIAMSBURG

Teacher pleads guilty to 2008 sex charges

A former Newport News high school teacher and golf coach faces up to 75 years in prison after pleading guilty to sex charges involving a student.

Steven Mark Yewcic, 53, is scheduled to be sentenced in January. Yewcic pleaded guilty Thursday in James City County-Williamsburg Circuit Court to 15 counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor under his supervision.

Prosecutor Holly Smith said Yewcic was the victim’s health teacher ta Woodside High School. The student, then 17, told James City County police that Yewcic sexually abused him from June 1 to Nov. 26, 2008.

Yewcic also faces charges in Newport News, where a hearing is scheduled Oct. 7.

RICHMOND

New stimulus grant to reduce infections

Gov. Tim Kaine announced Friday a $1 million grant in stimulus funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to reduce infections that patients acquire during treatment for other conditions.

Mr. Kaine said a partnership between the state and the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, the Virginia Health Quality Center and the Virginia chapter of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology will develop a plan to reduce infections associated with health care.

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