Council vote on tax district sought

January 12, 1995

Crofton homeowners have petitioned the County Council to vote on a proposal to have their special tax district pay for recreation programs and enforce local covenants.

About 54 percent of the 2,650 property owners approved of the proposed changes to the Anne Arundel County Code. County law requires that 51 percent of the homeowners ratify proposed amendments.

Questions had arisen recently over spending the money collected in addition to county taxes for such programs because they weren't specified in the legislation that created Crofton's tax district.

Crofton Town Manager Barbara K. Swann will send the signed petitions to county officials this week so that the amendments can be drafted for the council. The measure should be up for a vote in about two months, said Ms. Swann.

Man hit, robbed by three youths

A Severn man was struck on the back of the head by one of three youths who tried to rob him Tuesday night as he was walking home from a friend's house, county police said yesterday.

Kevin Fitzgerald Cauthen, 31, of the 1700 block of Richfield Drive, was treated at North Arundel Hospital for a cut on the back of his head and released.

Mr. Cauthen told police he was walking home from a friend's house about 8 p.m. when three youths approached him. One of the boys asked how he was doing and a second grabbed a bag Mr. Cauthen was carrying.

Mr. Cauthen struggled to hold onto the bag, which tore, spilling its contents on the sidewalk. One of the youths hit Mr. Cauthen in the back of the head, and the three ran toward Arwell Court, police said.

Patrol car strikes woman's vehicle

A patrol car driven by a county police officer who was speeding down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway Tuesday to help a fellow officer ran into the rear of a car driven by a 70-year-old Baltimore woman, sending both cars spinning, authorities said yesterday.

The cars came to rest safely in the median strip.

The officer, Lavell D. Craven, was treated for neck and back pains at North Arundel Hospital and released Tuesday afternoon. Neither Mary Elizabeth Jenkins, 70, of the 200 block of E. Northern Parkway nor her two passengers -- Patricia Hammond Hildreth, 52, of the first block of Caraway Road in Reisterstown and Maris Stella Mueller, 61, of the 6400 block of Pratt Ave. in Baltimore -- were injured, police said.

Officer Craven, who had turned on his emergency lights and siren, was driving south on the parkway near Route 198 about 1:30 p.m. when he tried to change lanes. He hit the back of Ms. Jenkins' 1991 Oldsmobile Cutlass, police said.

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