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Top 5 Stories: Council Acts, BYOB and Attempted Murder

Reviewing the top headlines from March 18-24.

From politics to crime, it has been an eventful week in the Edgewater-Davidsonville area.

The stalemate over who would fill the Anne Arundel County Council seat for District 1 ended. There was progress regarding elementary school redistricting. And a North Beach man was arrested for attempted murder.

No. 1—

A 32-day stalemate on the Anne Arundel County Council when Councilman Dick Ladd (R-5th District) changed his vote to support Severn resident  as the new councilman for District 1.

Ladd's was the decisive vote  covering four council sessions had ended in a tie between Smith and of Glen Burnie.

No. 2—

As more than  the Anne Arundel County Board of Education Tuesday night at , two primary themes were sounded.

The first was that “Central Elementary is not in a crisis,” as stated by at least six speakers. The second was that many parents feel the  is premature.

Many in attendance requested a more comprehensive plan to be executed in a few years after Lothian Elementary is completed and . Superintendent Kevin Maxwell's redistricting proposal seeks to decrease overcrowding at  by moving some of its students to  and . 

No. 3— 

Plazuelas Mexican restaurant was unable to obtain a liquor license prior to opening in December and as a result, it has been . And owner Paul Loza said he’s not optimistic that his business will get a liquor license anytime soon.

March is right in the middle of the reapplication process for businesses to get their liquor licenses, meaning that Plazuealas is at the bottom of the pile of applications, Loza said. The process for new license applications doesn’t start until May 1 so it appears the restaurant will , the owner said. 

No. 4—

A south county man has been charged with attempted first-degree murder after he allegedly shot his girlfriend in the upper body during an argument Friday morning in North Beach.

Police arrested Kenneth William Mitchell II, 34, after he allegedly shot a 26-year-old woman who was his girlfriend at a home on Alabama Avenue. The woman was in serious but stable condition as of Friday morning.

No. 5

When 172 youth baseball teams roll into Anne Arundel County for the 7th annual Annapolis Open this weekend, the players—some unknowingly—will be honoring the life and legacy of  graduate Grant Turner.

Turner died from an enlarged heart in July 2005, but host one of the biggest weekend baseball tournaments in the country. All the proceeds go toward the Grant Turner scholarship fund to help kids go to college or technical high schools. 

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