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New literacy center opens at Fort Meade shelter
The county's third literary center has opened at Sarah's House, a homeless shelter at Fort Meade. It is the first such center in the West County area.
Funded by the County Department of Social Services, Associated Catholic Charities and the Anne Arundel Community College, the center will duplicate programs now offered in Annapolis and Glen Burnie.
Adults will work with volunteers using computers to learn how to read, to improve their reading and to enhance their math and writing skills. People also can receive GED instruction that can lead to a high school general equivalency diploma.
The county financed the college purchase of nine IBM PS/2 computers. College officials will manage the center, as they do in Annapolis at the Aris T. Allen Annapolis Learning Center and at the Glen Burnie site at the Arundel Center North.
For more information on the three programs, call 974-8752 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
Laurel man charged with auto theft
County police have charged a Laurel man with auto theft and running from police after he bailed out of a car on Dorsey Road early Friday morning.
Police said an officer on patrol in the area of W. B.& A Boulevard and Dorsey Road at 12:30 a.m. spotted a stolen Chevrolet Blazer. The officer turned on his emergency lights and tried to stop the driver, but the driver allegedly refused.
The driver drove down Digiulian Boulevard and stopped the vehicle. Police allege that the driver and another man bailed out of the Blazer and ran into the woods.
Police dog "Major" tracked the driver through the woods and found him hiding under bushes.
Steven Craig Wimmer, 23, of the 3400 block of Andrew Court was taken to Western District to be charged. Police did not find the second person in the car.
Convenience store in Severn robbed
Two men robbed a Severn convenience store early Friday morning, county police reported.
Investigators said the robbers walked into the 7-Eleven in the 500 block of Donaldson Ave.at 4:15 a.m. and hit the clerk in the back with some type of weapon.
They demanded money, and the clerk gave the robbers cash from the register.
The first robber is described as a black man in his 20s, 5 feet 5 inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing a black jacket and a baseball cap.
The second robber was described as a black man in his 20s. He had a muscular build and was wearing a black jacket.
Fire Department sponsoring bus trip
The Maryland City Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor a bus trip to outlet stores in West Virginia for a day of shopping Nov. 7.
The bus will leave the Fire Department, which is located at the intersection of Route 198 and Whiskey
Bottom Road, at 8 a.m. and return the same day at 6 p.m.
The price of the trip is $15 per person. For more information, contact the Fire Department at 725-3217 or 490-6191.