School officials unable to confirm claim of nude photo...

Anne Arundel News Digest

June 13, 2000

School officials unable to confirm claim of nude photo

School officials have been unable to substantiate the authenticity of an explicit nude photograph of a woman purported to be an Anne Arundel middle school teacher and mailed last month to school system administrators and the news media.

The photograph was sent with an anonymous letter, its author claiming to be the parent of middle school children and to have found explicit photos of a teacher while monitoring their Internet use.

"We can't substantiate the claim in the letter, so the matter is closed," said J. Mark Black, supervisor of investigations for county schools. He said he could not locate the picture on the Internet and was unable to verify that the woman in the picture was the teacher named in the letter - despite some "similarities."

Black said the teacher was interviewed and has remained on the job. "I think that the person involved would just like for it to go away," he said. "If it was truly from a concerned parent, I think we would have gotten other contacts. The only thing I can chalk it up to is a malicious act."

County police ticket 46 for registration violations

In a continuing enforcement effort, Anne Arundel police have ticketed 46 motorists for registration violations and given warnings to others.

Police and state Motor Vehicle Administration investigators issued tickets Friday after staking out Glen Burnie's Americana Southdale apartment complex for the past month to observe vehicles and check license tags - primarily for people who fail to register vehicles within 30 days of moving to Maryland.

Although police say 273 vehicles were identified as "suspect," only six people were charged with failing to register. But others were cited for expired tags, suspended licenses or failing to have insurance, police said.

Archaeologists to open dig at London Town to public

Archaeologists involved in the Lost Towns of Anne Arundel Project, a four-year effort to uncover the shops and dwellings of the colonial seaport London Town, invite the public to join in the excavation from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

No experience is necessary, but children younger than 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Archaeologists will provide instructions and tours of the site, where recent public dig days have turned up brass and bone buttons, an Indian projectile point, a 17th-century coin, and hundreds of pieces of ceramics, bricks and pipe stems.

Admission will be free for dig participants; a bag lunch is recommended. The site's 8-acre woodland gardens will be open all day, and tours of the historic William Brown House will be available for a fee.

Information: 410-222-1919.

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