Miller denies urging opposition to Owens in run for...

Arundel Digest

April 22, 2001

Miller denies urging opposition to Owens in run for executive

Just when it seems County Executive Janet S. Owens and state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller have smoothed things over, along comes a new bump.

Soon after the Democrats resolved their differences over a bill to block a Safeway strip mall in Deale, Owens heard the rumor: Miller wanted state Sen. Philip C. Jimeno, a Glen Burnie Democrat, to challenge her in next year's primary election.

"If the goal is to promote the Republican Party, I think that would be the net effect," Owens said. "I would hope Democrats could be unified. Democrats are always their worst enemy."

For Miller, it could be sweet payback: Observers say he hasn't forgiven Owens for defeating his choice in the 1998 Democratic primary, Diane Evans, a former Republican.

But he and Jimeno say the buzz is bogus.

"I've never heard that one before," Miller said Friday. "At this point in time, Janet Owens is my candidate. I'm not promoting anyone else's candidacy." In a separate interview, Jimeno praised Owens' job performance and said he does not plan to run against her next year.

Animal Control adopts new kennel hours

The county Animal Control kennel in Millersville will have new hours starting tomorrow.

The kennel, located at 411 Maxwell V. Frye Jr. Road, will be open for animal viewing, adoptions and pickups from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday each week - adding an hour each afternoon - and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. It will be closed Mondays, however.

Animal Control officials said the front lobby will remain open for business transactions, such as licensing and affidavits, at the usual weekday hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Open house to celebrate District Court anniversary

The District Court of Maryland, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, will hold a Law Day open house May 1 at its courts across the state, including the two Anne Arundel County locations at 251 Rowe Blvd. in Annapolis, and 7500 Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie.

The public is invited to visit either location to learn about the District Court and its function in the judicial process of Maryland. Court employees will be available to answer questions, and visitors are welcome to observe trials.

Created in 1971 as successor to the old systems of municipal, people's and magistrates' courts, the District Court handles more than 2 million cases annually - including landlord-tenant issues, civil actions in which the amount in dispute does not exceed $25,000, motor vehicle offenses, misdemeanors and certain felonies.

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