Monday, December 31, 2012
Anne Arundel County police are executing a plan designed to decrease traffic injuries and fatalities.
Police across the state of Maryland are looking to take drunk drivers off the road as people celebrate the New Year. The holiday is annually one of the worst days of the year for drunk driving arrests. But this year, the holiday comes shortly after a devastating year in Anne Arundel County that left many pedestrians dead and more seriously injured in 40 days. In Edgewater, Davidsonville and south county alone, police have had to respond and help prevent serious accidents throughout 2012: In response to traffic-related deaths and injuries, the Anne Arundel County Police Department announced the "Thirty-Five to Save Lives" campaign, which started on Dec. 10 and will continue through Jan. 7. As part of the campaign, officers are dedicating …
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…
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Police arrested two county Department of Recreation and Parks employees Tuesday who are accused with stealing gas from county fuel sites.
Anne Arundel County police arrested two Department of Recreation and Parks employees Tuesday who are accused with stealing gas from county fuel sites. Jodie Frank Harbert, 44, of the 400 block of Summer Wind Way in Glen Burnie was charged with theft less than $1,000 and theft scheme less than $1,000. Preston Walter Perry, 44, of the 100 block of Main Street in Lothian was charged with theft less than $100. The Department of Recreation and Parks contacted police about employees who were involved in stealing gas from county fuel sites by using it for personal use, according to a police press release. Detectives examined reports and found that certain employees' gas usage was "substantially higher than the average use," prompting a criminal …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Part one of an in-depth look at Anne Arundel County’s fiscal year 2013 budget, including a parking lot at Southern High, extensive renovations at Lothian Elementary and more.
Since the Anne Arundel County Council adopted its fiscal year 2013 budget in May, many residents have contacted Patch wanting to know how they personally benefit from the distribution of county revenues. Many have voiced concerns that South County “gets the short end of the stick” when it comes to county funding—an issue Councilman Jerry Walker (R-7th District) said he specifically wanted to address. “One of the biggest issues I hear from residents is that [areas in South County] are the last ones to get everything, like the turf field at Southern High—the idea that we’re forgotten about,” Walker said. However, following the adoption of the recent budget, more money has been allocated to South County than in any budget in recent memory, …
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.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Police responded to search for a possible armed robbery suspect in Edgewater, who drove from the scene and headed north on Interstate 97.
UPDATED 2:30 p.m. Thursday: The police chase that started in Edgewater ended in the Highlands section of Baltimore on Thursday. That is where police shot a 19-year-old man who is a suspect in an armed robbery in the Arbutus/Catonsville area of Baltimore County, according to a media release from Baltimore County Police spokesman Louise Rogers-Feher. The incident remains under investigation and no charges have been filed. It all started a little after 11 a.m. on Thursday in Edgewater, when Anne Arundel County Police identified a car in the Edgewater Wawa parking lot that matched the description of one used in an overnight robbery. Anne Arundel County police officers tried to stop the car, but the driver didn’t stop. Instead, he led police on…
Monday, September 26, 2011
Brian Timothy Funk, 40, of Pasadena turned himself in Sunday after a warrant was issued for his arrest stemming from accusations of sexting with a minor.
Former Archbishop Spalding High School track coach Brian Timothy Funk, 40, of Pasadena turned himself in to police Sunday after being informed of child pornography charges against him, police said. Funk was charged with one count of child pornography and one count of display of an obscene item to a minor. According to police, a July complaint led to an investigation that determined Funk had exchanged sexually explicit images via cell phones, also known as sexting, with a minor girl. A release from Anne Arundel County Police said Funk reportedly attended a movie with a female student and "allegations suggested that a possible relationship existed." While Funk coached for Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, Sean Caine, of the …
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Public Works Crews continue work to open roads, many residents still without power.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
The county is closing the Annapolis High School shelter at 6 p.m., as most county residents who took refuge there during Hurricane Irene are back in their homes, according to a county news release. Residents who still need shelter or assistance should go to district police stations, which are equipped with cots and water. Road closures Across the county, road closures have decreased from 213 after the storm hit to 151. The Emergency Operations Center will remain partially activated until 5 p.m. Monday. Public Works crews will continue to work through the night with about 45 county personnel and contractors to clear additional roads. Power outages Countywide, 107,961 Baltimore Gas and Electric customers remain without power. BGE is urging …