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Top 5 Stories: Novelists, Barriers, Burglaries

Here's a quick look back at some of the biggest headlines of the week.

No. 1—Local Women Redefine Careers as Coffee-Shop Novelists
Almost every day, two women sit in the same booth of the same Panera restaurant doing the same thing—typing away on their laptops. What do they do? They’re accomplished authors who are both publishing their latest work later in October. Read more to see how the Twilight series literally changed their careers.

No. 2—South River Senior Loses Battle with Illness
South River High senior Josh Mackin lost his battle with an extended illness on Sunday, according to close friends. Mackin, who was 18, was set to graduate from South River in spring 2013. Read more to see how the South River community remembered him. 

No. 3—Drivers Scraping Muddy Creek Intersection Barriers?
Several weeks ago, a Patch reader told me she was seeing more and more cars scraping their tires against the jersey wall barriers surrounding the Muddy Creek Road intersection work site. I began to take notice, and after monitoring the area for awhile, I too began to see lots and lots of tire marks along the barriers at the intersection. Read more to see photos of the barriers.

No. 4—Police Arrest Man in Connection with Recent Burglaries
Officers arrested a man they believe to be involved in a series of recent burglaries in the Southdown Shores community in Edgewater, police spokesman Justin Mulcahy said. Police arrested Kevin Wayne Morris, 25, of the 3400 block of Pike Ridge Road in Edgewater, on Tuesday afternoon and have since charged him with multiple first, third and fourth-degree burglary charges in connection to break-ins on Decker Place, Puddington Drive and Southdown Road over the past few weeks, Mulcahy said.

No. 5—Iris Crankfield Earns AACPS Educator of the Month
Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) honored South River High English teacher Iris Crankfield as October’s Educator of the Month during its board meeting Wednesday morning. “It means a lot. Teaching is very rewarding if you know you’re making an impact and sometimes you just don’t know. It’s really nice to see that I’m making a difference and to be rewarded,” Crankfield said. 

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