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Defense in Capital Gazette shooting case asks judge to subpoena four people, including newspaper’s editor
by Alex Mann on July 9, 2019 at 1:00 am
Defense attorneys in the Capital Gazette shooting case have asked the presiding judge to subpoena records from four people with varying connections to the newspaper, including its editor, that they argue will support the accused’s insanity defense. Attorneys representing the man charged with fatally...
Valerie A. Donley, former nursery school teacher, dies
by Frederick N. Rasmussen on July 8, 2019 at 10:15 pm
Valerie A. Donley, a former nursery school teacher who later served as interim director of what is now the US Lacrosse Foundation, died July 2 at Manor Care Ruxton from complications of a grand mal seizure she suffered June 26. The former Ruxton resident, who lived on Gibson Island, was 82. The...
Melissa Driscoll Krol: Chesapeake Bay Work Camp helps county residents with home improvements
by Melissa Driscoll Krol on July 8, 2019 at 9:55 pm
Last week, Chesapeake Bay Work Camp descended on Anne Arundel County providing home improvements to those in need at no cost. Volunteers consisted of 12 church youth groups, from nine states totaling 255 students. Volunteers visited 26 sites, all located in Anne Arundel County and provided much...
Annapolis police announce scholarship winners in honor of the five slain Capital Gazette employees
by Naomi Harris on July 8, 2019 at 6:30 pm
The Annapolis Police Department recognized nine students to receive scholarships for higher education, including five students who were awarded scholarships in memory of the five employees who were killed last year at the Capital Gazette, according to a police press release. An anonymous donor...
Discarded ‘smoking materials’ ignite townhouse blaze in Odenton
by Alex Mann on July 8, 2019 at 4:40 pm
Fire officials said improperly discarded smoking materials ignited a blaze at an Odenton townhouse Friday and caused more than $100,000 in damage. Anne Arundel County firefighters responded around 9 p.m. Friday to the 2400 block of Killarney Terrace in Odenton to find a fire had spread to all three...
Retired Navy sailor, woman from Baltimore plead guilty to stealing $60K from Annapolis Navy Exchange
by Alex Mann on July 8, 2019 at 4:05 pm
A retired Navy sailor and a woman from Baltimore pleaded guilty this spring in federal court to stealing more than $60,000 in electronics and other items from the Navy Exchange Store in Annapolis. Gregory Dwayne Custer, 52, of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to one...
Annapolis woman dies a few days after bicycle crash in Delaware
by Staff Reports on July 8, 2019 at 2:35 pm
An Annapolis woman died Sunday several days after being struck by a car while riding a bike in Bethany Beach, Delaware. Kelly Margaret Scruggs, 27, was struck by a car Thursday night on Coastal Highway in South Bethany, the Delaware State Police said in a statement posted on its website. The bicyclist...
Sharon Schultz: Local talent brings Big Fish to life
by Sharon P. Schultz on July 8, 2019 at 2:30 pm
The Talent Machine Company has been showcasing talented youngsters in the Annapolis area through children’s theater for more than three decades. Continuously family owned and operated, TMC annually produces three full-length musicals performed by children of all ages and talents. This summer, TMC...
Anne Arundel County schools to overhaul part of reading curriculum
by Lauren Lumpkin on July 8, 2019 at 9:00 am
Anne Arundel County will overhaul part of its early elementary reading curriculum, in exchange for something school district officials say will catch struggling readers before they fall through the cracks. The sweeping change applies to the phonics, or foundational literacy, portion of the kindergarten...
Tierney proposes doubling fees at waterfront parking meters in Annapolis
by Naomi Harris on July 8, 2019 at 9:00 am
A new proposal headed to the City Council would double parking meter rates at waterfront parking lots in downtown Annapolis. The resolution, to be introduced Monday by Alderwoman Elly Tierney, would increase $2 fee an hour to $4 an hour to provide more financial support to the city’s transportation...
Experts warn of 'dead zone' in Chesapeake Bay from pollution
by Davd McFadden on July 8, 2019 at 12:30 am
When the Conowingo Dam opened to fanfare nearly a century ago, the massive wall of concrete and steel began its job harnessing water power in northern Maryland. It also quietly provided a side benefit: trapping sediment and silt before it could flow miles downstream and pollute the Chesapeake Bay,...
'Family crisis' or 'mockery' of justice: Charges turn on Del. Heather Bagnall's testimony
by Alex Mann on July 7, 2019 at 9:00 am
Jason Freeman Bagnall’s family maintains all they ever wanted was to get him help, not seek criminal charges and a jail sentence. But, a prosecutor said in court, they made a mockery of the system in doing so — and lied under oath to protect their own. Did he or did he not on June 28, 2018 point...
Thunderstorms pass through Central Maryland on Saturday
by Baltimore Sun staff on July 7, 2019 at 2:50 am
Showers and thunderstorms were moving through Central Maryland on Saturday evening, the National Weather Service reported, some of them producing gusty winds and heavy rain. There were severe thunderstorm warnings Saturday evening for Montgomery, Howard and Anne Arundel counties and the Eastern...
One dead, two wounded after armed person opens fire at Glen Burnie pool party
by Alex Mann on July 6, 2019 at 10:25 pm
Police say a Baltimore County man died Friday and two people injured after a person opened fire at a massive pool party in Glen Burnie. James Antonio Diggs IV, 29, of Gwynn Oak, was fatally shot Friday. “We believe it was a targeted event,” said Lt. Glenn Shanahan, spokesman for the Anne Arundel...
'Have a life jacket on board?' Annapolis harbormaster continues to educate, enforce following deadly week
by Alex Mann on July 6, 2019 at 8:40 pm
It’s sunny and 85 degrees on Spa Creek, a perfect day for recreation on the water where a secret service agent drowned a week ago after falling from her kayak. Special Agent Stephanie Hancock was one of six to lose their lives during a deadly week in Anne Arundel County waters, prompting authorities...
Judge Clayton Greene Jr. retires from Maryland's highest court
by Pamela Wood on July 5, 2019 at 9:00 pm
Clayton Greene Jr., who rose from a law clerk for a public defender to judge on Maryland's highest court, has retired. No public announcement was made, but a Court of Appeals opinion this week noted that Greene had heard the case and deliberated with fellow judges, but retired before the opinion...
Ariana Perez: Sagrario Ortíz talks about women empowering other women to help a community thrive
by Ariana Perez on July 5, 2019 at 5:40 pm
In late June, with the help of the City of Annapolis, Sagrario Ortíz hosted a seminar for women empowerment at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center. Talking to a rather large group, she urged participants to let go of “old baggage” and notions about themselves that made them feel like they couldn’t...
Anne Arundel County implements anti-bullying policy, executive holding meetings with employees
by Chase Cook on July 5, 2019 at 5:20 pm
Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman has established an employee anti-bullying policy and is holding meetings throughout the summer with non-management employees at various county departments. Both the bullying policy and county meetings are part of the county government’s efforts to better...
Smoky rowhouse fire in Brooklyn Park displaces woman and child
by Staff Reports on July 5, 2019 at 1:40 pm
Two people were hospitalized early Friday after a basement fire filled a Brooklyn Park rowhouse with smoke. Anne Arundel County firefighters were called to the 400 block of Fifth Avenue about 1:25 a.m., Capt. Russ Davies, fire department spokesman, wrote in an email. They found smoke coming from...
Heather Vecchioni: Brooklyn Park soccer coach takes shot at the America Ninja Warrior course
by Heather Vecchioni on July 5, 2019 at 1:00 pm
When Brooklyn Park father of four Joe Mumford was about to take his first steps on the America Ninja Warrior (ANW) obstacle course stage, only one thought was running through his mind: to get through the first challenge. The five-obstacle course, featuring two brand-new challenges, along with formidably-tall...
Gallery: The Fourth of July is great time to celebrate freedom of expression.
by Patrice Drago on July 4, 2019 at 8:00 pm
“Art is a space in which freedom tests its wings.” - Marty Rubin, author This definition of “independence” as it defines a country is the simplest: Freedom from outside control; self-governing. For us, independence was followed by democracy, which by its nature is both imperfect and beautiful...
Outside the box: Summer concerts bring music and fans outdoors across Anne Arundel County
by E.B. Furgurson III on July 4, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Kelly Bell has been bringing his “phat” blues Kelly Bell Band to the Quiet Waters summer concert series for 20 years now. “We have come back from tours in other countries to play at Quiet Waters,” he said. In fact, the band’s last recording came right from their 2016 performance. “‘Live at Quiet...
Anne Arundel County revokes developer's permits due to erosion, wetlands violation in Deale
by Rachael Pacella on July 3, 2019 at 7:20 pm
Development of homes on two properties in Deale has been stopped after Anne Arundel County revoked grading permits because workers plowed through non-tidal wetlands without proper authorization. The county’s new environmental policy director Matt Johnston said permits are rarely revoked, but in...
Two jet skiers killed on South River have been identified, weren't wearing life vests
by Lauren Lumpkin on July 3, 2019 at 4:55 pm
Two people were killed while jetskiing on the South River just before 2 a.m. Wednesday, Anne Arundel County Fire Department officials said. The couple, a husband and wife from Reston, Virginia, have been identified as Elizabeth Howle, 48, and Jeffrey Sessions, 53, Department of Natural Resources...
Severn homicide victim 'was afraid' she would be killed by man charged with murder in her death
by Alex Mann on July 3, 2019 at 9:00 am
A Severn homicide victim and her alleged killer were involved in a drug deal that erupted in gunfire two days before the woman was found dead, court records show. Anne Arundel County Police announced Tuesday they’d arrested a Glen Burnie man for the fatal stabbing of Jasmine Sherel Adams, 29, of...
Former Meade High School principal to lead Chesapeake High
by Lauren Lumpkin on July 3, 2019 at 9:00 am
Chesapeake High School will get a new principal as part of the latest wave of routine administrative reassignments in Anne Arundel County schools. Former Meade High School principal John Yore will assume the same position at Chesapeake High School. Yore’s appointment, along with others across Anne...
Months after cyberattacks, Anne Arundel schools and libraries have upped training, security
by Angela Roberts on July 3, 2019 at 9:00 am
A ransomware attack in Baltimore that began this past May raised some unpleasant memories for Anne Arundel County library employees. Right around the last few weeks of September last year, employees at the Anne Arundel County Public Library noticed that their computers had started acting oddly,...
Hundreds of write-in votes hint at win for Gay in Annapolis Ward 6
by Naomi Harris on July 3, 2019 at 1:10 am
More than 300 people cast votes Tuesday in the Annapolis City Council special election in Ward 6, with 202 write-in votes. Democratic candidate Yiannes Kacoyianni had 61 votes, putting him over Republican George Gallagher on the ballot who received 46 votes. But if 61 or more of the write-in votes...
Jack Chavez: Meade United soccer coach retires as colonel after three decades of service
by Jack Chavez on July 2, 2019 at 6:00 pm
A military officer should never be without three things: a pen, a good book and a piece of sports equipment. That’s the lesson that All-Army and Meade United soccer coach Col. Bernie Koelsch learned as a young lieutenant from his brigade commander. Koelsch, project officer for the Defense Media...
Vigil planned for two crabbers who drowned near Stoney Creek
by Chase Cook on July 2, 2019 at 6:00 pm
A candlelight vigil will be held Tuesday night at Tick Neck Park in honor of two men who drowned while out crabbing. Friends and families of Mark Vetock, 27, of Glen Burnie and Tevin Calhoun, 27, of Pasadena will join together for the 8:30 p.m. vigil at the public park. Vetock and Calhoun were...