FBI investigates pair of robberies at Glen Burnie bank...


January 31, 2001

FBI investigates pair of robberies at Glen Burnie bank

The FBI is investigating two robberies that occurred within two weeks at a Glen Burnie bank, the second one Monday afternoon.

The robbery at the Allfirst Bank in the 500 block of E. Ordnance Road about 2 p.m. was nearly identical to a robbery there about 1 p.m. Jan. 16, authorities said yesterday.

Investigators said the same robber might be responsible for both holdups, noting that the description in each case was of a black man with light skin, about 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build, believed to be in his mid-20s, who handed a note to a teller demanding money. No weapon was displayed on either occasion, police said.

Anyone with information about either robbery is asked to call the FBI at 410-265-8080, or county police at 410-222-8050.

County residents receive prizes for recycling efforts

Kathleen Toal of Edgewater, Susan O'Malley of Arnold and Gay Gatewood of Davidsonville were given prizes yesterday by County Executive Janet S. Owens as the first winners of Anne Arundel's Bin it and Win it! Recycling Sweepstakes.

The prizes - gift baskets valued at about $400 - were handed out during an afternoon ceremony at Arundel Center, during which Owens congratulated the winners and urged residents to follow their example in recycling.

"We all need to recycle more. It just doesn't make sense to waste expensive landfill space with something that we could have recycled," she said in prepared remarks.

The winners were entered in the contest by a "prize patrol" that visited randomly elected homes and verified that the inhabitants were recycling. The sweepstakes and a related education campaign are designed to "reintroduce residents to the county's simplified curbside recycling program and encourage greater participation," according to the executive's office.

The county will award 10 gift baskets during the five-month promotion. The sweepstakes ends on Earth Day, April 22. Information: 410-222-IBIN or www.aadpw.org.

Black History Month event to feature plays and songs

Writers, teachers, students and an Annapolis alderman will be taking part Sunday in an African-American read-in in conjunction with this weekend's national read-in celebration of Black History Month.

The read-in, organized by the Maryland Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers' Annapolis Harbour Center store, 2516 Solomons Island Road. It will include a play about Frederick Douglass performed by pupils from Annapolis Middle's School's Annapolis Middle Readers' Theater.

A portion of another production about Douglass will be presented by playwright Connie Harold. Also planned are stories and readings of children's books by guests including griot Bill Grimmette and city Alderman Joseph Sachs, and spirituals sung by teacher Pamelia Moore and students from Northern High School in Calvert County.

Owens says Ravens' win will benefit Arundel

Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens raced from one cheerleading opportunity to another yesterday as she greeted the Baltimore Ravens downtown, then headed to the annual meeting of the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce at Club Meade.

Wearing a purple suit, Owens told the crowd of about 100 that the Ravens' Super Bowl victory will have a positive effect on surrounding counties, making them more attractive places to work and live. She said Anne Arundel is already a destination county.

"Our sleepy little county is suddenly the place is Maryland where everyone wants to be," she said.

She called West County "the heartthrob of the county," pointing to its infrastructure, large work force and military base. Some of the county's greatest challenges, Owens said, are tackling land-use and transportation concerns, and figuring out how to keep young people in the area.

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