Monday, December 17, 2012
Counties across the state took measures to deal with the Newtown, CT school shooting.
Communities across Maryland have been reeling in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Some residents said they feared dropping their children off at school while others demanded action from legislators. Hyattsville Elementary School's new principal, Julia Burton, addressed her students Monday before Prince George's County schools observed a minute of silence to honor the victims of Friday's school shooting in Newtown, CT. "Take care of yourself. Take care of each other. And take care of the place," she told students. In Wheaton, parents reacted to the tragic news and talked about school safety in Montgomery County. Frances Frost, a contributor to the Local Voices section on Wheaton Patch, wrote in an email: "As a mom of 4…
Friday, November 2, 2012
The county is on track to break its 2010 early-voting numbers, but it lags behind most Maryland counties that have already surpassed their previous numbers.
Early voter turnout in Anne Arundel County is on track to be higher than 2010, despite the interruption of Hurricane Sandy. As of Thursday night, 8 percent of the county's registered voters had voted compared with an 8.74 percent early-voting turnout for the midterm elections—a difference of 644 fewer votes. With early-voting continuing through Friday, Anne Arundel County was expected to exceed the 2010 early figures. "Wait until we have the final numbers," said Joe Torre, the director of Anne Arundel County's Board of Elections. "As of 2:20 p.m. today we already had 4,569 votes cast. Those are unofficial numbers of course." He said waiting times on Friday have consistently been around the two-hour mark with an average of 700 ballots being…
Friday, October 26, 2012
Print out this guide with phone numbers and other information for Anne Arundel County residents before the next storm.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Tropical Storm Irene was not as strong as some thought it would be in our area, but it still caused power outages and problems with downed trees across Anne Arundel County. And the effects of the derecho—and the power outages that followed—are still fresh in the minds of some local residents. Both storms serve as a reminder to be prepared and have emergency and other useful information at the ready. Patch has created a short, printer-friendly guide for Anne Arundel County residents with phone numbers and websites to help get started and handle electric outages, water emergencies, communications (phone, cable and web) outages and more. Click on the PDF (right) to access it. Print it out, review it and add it to your emergency kit before you…
Sunday, March 4, 2012
In light of the recent indictment, Patch asks if the Anne Arundel County executive should step down.
On Wednesday, an Anne Arundel County grand jury indicted County Executive John Leopold on four counts of misconduct in office and one count of fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary, according to a press release. The state prosecutor's office announced Friday that Leopold is accused of using his executive protection staff to escort him to a parking lot for “sexual activity with another county employee [in 2010].” In light of these allegations, do you think Leopold should resign or step down temporarily? Cast your vote below in our poll.
Friday, February 24, 2012
BGE is preparing for potential outages after the National Weather Service warns of gusts up to 55 mph.
The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory Friday for Anne Arundel County, saying the area could experience gusts up to 55 mph. The advisory is in effect from 3 p.m. Friday to 12 a.m. Saturday. The weather service said the strongest winds should be later in the afternoon through the evening. There could be sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph, according to the advisory. The weather service said the advisory means you should take appropriate precautions and that such strong winds can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. And Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. (BGE) officials said the utility company is watching the weather and is prepared to respond to any power outages. The high winds can knock down trees or limbs …
Friday, February 17, 2012
Police said they saw the Odenton woman with an open container during a traffic stop and searched her car, finding powder and crack cocaine.
Anne Arundel County police arrested an Odenton woman Tuesday evening on drug charges. Shannon Levett Smith, 51, of the 1200 block of Scotts Manor Court in Odenton, was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia and minor traffic charges, according to online court documents. Officers pulled over Smith at about 7:25 p.m. Tuesday for a registration violation in the area of Oak Manor Drive and Crain Highway in Glen Burnie, according to a police press release. Police said they saw Smith had an open alcohol container and searched her 1999 Nissan Altima. Police said they discovered about 15 grams …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Animal Control picked up a severely injured pit bull in Linthicum Feb. 2 and determined he was used to train other dogs to fight.
Anne Arundel County Animal Control officials are looking for the owners of a severely injured pit bull that officers believe was used as a "bait dog" to train other dogs to fight. According to a police press release, animal control responded on Feb. 2 to the 600 block of Andover Road in Linthicum after a resident reported seeing an injured pit bull. Officers took the dog, who is now named "Rocky Road," back to the shelter and noticed he was in severe pain and had difficulty moving around. After considering the possibility of euthanizing the dog to end his suffering, animal control officials contacted Waugh Chapel Animal Hospital in Gambrills. Doctors there offered to treat the dog for free, according to the release. Investigation by Animal…
Monday, January 23, 2012
The council will appoint a new council member Feb. 16. Those interested in the seat must apply by noon on Feb. 10.
The Anne Arundel County Council has begun the process of filling the recently vacated District 1 seat. The council has 30 days to fill the seat that opened in District 1 after approving an emergency ordinance Jan. 17 that declared Daryl Jones seat vacant as of Monday when he was scheduled to report to federal prison. He is scheduled to serve a five-month sentence for failing to file 35 federal income tax reports between 2002-2006. According to a press release from the council, anyone interested in the position should submit a cover letter and personal resume to Elizabeth E. Jones, administrative officer to the county council, by noon on Feb. 10. Interested candidates must have been a registered Democrat for the 12-month period immediately …
Two fast food restaurants in Linthicum were robbed at gunpoint Friday night and a third armed robbery was reported later that night on Americana Circle in Glen Burnie.
Police said they believe the same person robbed two Linthicum fast food restaurants at gunpoint Friday night, according to the Maryland Gazette. According to a police press release, the first incident occurred shortly before 7:40 p.m. Friday at the McDonald's in the 700 block of Nursery Road in Linthicum. Officers responded to the fast food restaurant and spoke with witnesses and employees who said a male suspect entered the store, approached the counter, pulled a black handgun and demanded money. Employees reportedly gave him an undisclosed amount of cash and he fled the scene. Officers and a K-9 unit searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect. Then, at about 8 p.m., officers responded to the Wendy's restaurant, also located …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
The Anne Arundel County Council will begin the process of replacing Councilman Daryl Jones when he reports to federal prison next week.
A judge denied a request from Councilman Daryl Jones' attorney that would prevent the Anne Arundel County Council from replacing Jones when he reports to federal prison next week, according to the Baltimore Sun. Retired Court of Special Appeals Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. ruled against the request for a restraining order by Jones' attorney Wednesday, the Sun reported. On Tuesday the council passed an emergency ordinance declaring Jones’ District 1 seat vacant, after asserting that his prison sentence equates to a change of residency. The ordinance passed 6-0 with Jones recusing himself from the vote.