Final exams rescheduled because of snow closings...

Arundel Digest

January 21, 2000

Final exams rescheduled because of snow closings

Because of the snow-related closing of Anne Arundel's public schools yesterday and today, final exams for high school students have been rescheduled for Monday, the school system announced.

County schools will be closed again -- but only for students -- on Tuesday and Wednesday, when teachers have staff development programs scheduled, said public schools spokeswoman Jane Doyle.

Speed is apparent cause of crash in Davidsonville

Excessive speed appeared to be the cause of a one-car accident Wednesday afternoon that killed a 16-year-old Davidsonville youth, county police reported.

The victim, William H. Bagdasian, was driving west on Mount Airy Road near his home about 4 p.m. when he lost control of the 1990 Nissan Maxima coming out of a curve, police said.

Police said the car went into a skid, then slid sideways into a small grassy area where the car struck a tree -- with the point of impact the driver's door. The youth was killed instantly, police said.

Robber says bomb planted in Arnold bank, takes cash

A drive-through robber using a stolen car robbed an Arnold bank branch of an undisclosed amount of cash Wednesday afternoon after claiming that a bomb was planted in the building and demanding money, county police reported.

The robbery occurred about 3: 35 p.m. in the drive-through lane at Suburban Federal Savings Bank in the 1400 block of Ritchie Highway. The robber appeared to communicate with an accomplice, police were told.

After the robber drove away, the car -- a black 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo -- was found abandoned in the parking lot of the business complex where the bank is, police said. The vehicle had been stolen earlier in the day in Prince George's County, police added.

The area was checked with the aid of a bomb-detection dog, but no explosives were found, police said.

Virtual sailing race set at Eastport Yacht Club

Tired of the ice and snow, the blustery cold? The weather couldn't be better for sailing -- at least in the "Virtual Race to Bermuda" planned for 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Eastport Yacht Club, 317 First St., in Annapolis.

Promoting an event that will set sail in June, the free virtual race features a computer simulation that compresses the five-day, 753-mile contest from Annapolis to Bermuda into two hours.

It is intended for people interested in participating in the real event, which this year will include a "cruising class" for those who have never competed in an ocean race.

After the formal program ends about 9 p.m., participants will be encouraged to re-create the traditional victory party held in Bermuda.

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