5.8 million miles later, Annapolis' flag is back

June 03, 1994

Earlier this year, Navy Cmdr. Pierre J. Thuot called Annapolis officials and asked for a city flag to take on a little trip. Yesterday, he returned the flag to Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins and city officials after a trip of 5.8 million miles.

The 1977 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy got his flag and carried it on his third space shuttle mission last March.

"The city has a special place in my heart after all those years at the academy," said Commander Thuot, who now lives in Virginia.

The commander also gave the mayor a collage of photographs from the mission.

As an astronaut with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Commander Thuot has logged 650 hours in space. He was one of three astronauts who set a record for the longest space walk when they stayed outside the shuttle attempting to retrieve a malfunctioning satellite for more than eight hours in 1992.

In the latest mission, he spent two weeks in space and was in charge of a number of microgravity experiments.

"He's a real hero," said Mayor Hopkins. "It takes more than guts to go up there and not know if you're going to come back."

Crack cocaine seized; 2 people arrested

Annapolis police arrested two people, seized more than 29 grams of crack cocaine, $1,663 and a 1988 Lincoln Town Car in a raid at a house in the 1300 block of Tyler Ave. early yesterday.

Police, who served a search and seizure warrant at the house a little after 5 a.m., said they charged Tyrone Jay Nutter, 33, and Thomasine Elaine Williams, 30, both of that address, with possession of drugs with intent to distribute them and other related charges.

Mr. Nutter was being held in the county jail in lieu of $50,000 bond. Ms. Williams was being held on a $10,000 bond.

Police who said they had received complaints from the neighbors, estimated the value of the crack at $2,980.

New manager named for Deale library

Pat von Schwerdtner of Annapolis is the new manager of the South County branch library in Deale.

Ms. von Schwerdtner had been a librarian of the North County library in Glen Burnie. She earned a bachelor of arts from St. John's College in 1970 and a master's in library science from the University of Maryland at College Park in 1989.

She is a member of the Maryland Library Association, the American Library Association and the Network of Online Professionals.

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