Officials to break ground Oct. 21 for courthouse

October 12, 1994

County officials will break ground next Oct. 21 for the new circuit courthouse on the site of the present courthouse on Church Circle in Annapolis.

The building, which is scheduled for completion in April 1999, will have 16 courtrooms and include offices for the clerk of the court, register of wills, state's attorney and other related departments.

The $53 million courthouse will be built with brick of a design that was approved by the Historic District Commission. The historic 1824 courthouse that faces Church Circle will be restored and will become the main entrance for the complex.

The groundbreaking will begin at noon on the parking lot bound by Cathedral and Franklin streets and is open to the public.

Woman arrested in hammer attack

An Annapolis woman was arrested and charged with assault with intent to murder Monday night after her neighbor was hit in the head three times with a hammer, police said.

Police found Karen Michelle Brown, 35, sitting on the steps of her neighbor's apartment, a pool of blood at her feet and cuts on top of her head. Ms. Brown told police she had gone to visit her neighbor to discuss an incident that occurred a few days earlier between her son and the neighbor.

Ms. Brown told police the neighbor pulled a hammer from behind her back and started striking her. Ms. Brown, of 1909 B Copeland St., was treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center and later released.

Aleeta M. Rogers, 30, of 1824 B Copeland St., was held without bail at the Anne Arundel County jail. She also is charged with assault and battery.

Gunman threatens driver, then fires

An Annapolis man who was waiting to pick up a friend early Tuesday near Bywater Road on Copeland Street was shot at by an unidentified assailant, police said.

Brian Keith Anderson, 21, told police the gunman pointed a small silver handgun at his head, called him "white boy" and told him to get out of the neighborhood. The gunman then fired a shot over the car's roof, and another as the car sped away, police said.

Police said there were no suspects.

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