As the weather got warmer, the news got more exciting in Odenton and Severn in April. There was an officer-involved shooting, a major fire and some controversy over a school program.
Here's a look at the top stories from April of 2012.
After its previous superintendent retired after lawsuits alleging a hostile work environment, Annapolis Area Christian School went on a search for a new leader. It hired Rick Kempton to move from California to take over the reigns.
A police officer shot and killed a man when responding to a domestic incident in Gambrills. According to police, the officer feared for his safety when he came to aid a woman who claimed she was the victim of a domestic assault.
After a fire gutted their house in Rita Drive, the Martinez family found itself without a permanent home. The community came through with donations of clothing and other needs.
After some African-American boys at Arundel High were targeted for a special program to help close the achievement gap, some parents cried foul, arguing that it was too racially exclusive. Administrators insisted the program was open to all.
Patch readers were disgusted to learn of the case involving "Cola" a golden retriever puppy who was injured when its owners tried to neuter it using a rubber band.
Police said Patrick Toney was acting irrationally on the side of Odenton Road, forcing officers to restrain him. He became unresponsive while in police custody and died at a local hospital.