Riva Road shopping strip offices are burglarized

November 23, 1994

Three offices in a strip shopping center in the 2500 block of Riva Road -- including one belonging to the Anne Arundel County Teachers' Association -- were burglarized over the weekend by a thief who apparently got away only with petty cash, county police said today.

John Kurpjuweit, the president and spokesman for the teachers union, said a burglar heaved a 10-pound rock through a window, broke a lock on the door, ransacked the office and took money from petty cash.

Police said the burglar smashed a glass window to get to a lock at the Maryland Center for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, ransacked the office and took a cash box continuing $26.

The culprit also pried off the doorknob at Fishergate Publishing Inc. and ransacked the office, but apparently didn't take anything.

Police said the offices were broken into Sunday. The break-ins were discovered Monday morning.

Naval Academy pipe bursts, worker hurt

A civilian worker at the Naval Academy remained in intensive care yesterday after he was injured Sunday when a hot water pipe burst in the basement of Bancroft Hall, the academy's dormitory.

Joseph Smelgus, 31, of Preston, suffered second- and third-degree burns after the high-temperature water line burst about 6:20 p.m. He was in guarded condition in the Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center.

Also injured was Mike Niviatka, 27, of Annapolis, who suffered second-degree burns to his left hand and forearm but was treated Sunday and released.

Portions of the dormitory were evacuated and steam service to the building was shut off, but all midshipmen were allowed to return to their rooms shortly before 10 p.m., academy officials said.

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