For second time, in 4 months, jail errs, frees inmate...

Arundel Digest

November 01, 2001

For second time, in 4 months, jail errs, frees inmate

Anne Arundel County officials said yesterday that a man who had been sentenced to serve six months for failing to pay child support was mistakenly released this week. It was the second accidental release in less than four months.

Alvin Leroy Bibb, 41, of the 1600 block of Church Street in Curtis Bay was to spend his time at the Ordnance Road Detention Center in a work-release program. After he was released Monday, a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Richard S. Baker, superintendent of the county's jails, said the matter is under investigation. The man was released after a jail employee apparently misread paperwork, he said, adding, "We are trying to make sure everybody is paying attention, but apparently it didn't happen in this case."

In July, authorities mistakenly released David Boccabella, 19, who was being held while awaiting trial on a charge of first-degree murder. He later turned himself in.

School board to hold hearing on schedules

The county school board will hold a hearing at 7 p.m. today at its headquarters, 2644 Riva Road in Annapolis, to get the public's views on potential changes in class schedules for middle schools.

By the second semester, all middle school students must take physical education and fine arts, under an order from the State Board of Education. The county school board is grappling with how to comply with that order.

People will be allowed three minutes to speak Thursday night, five minutes if they are speaking for a group. A sign-up sheet will be in the board meeting room.

The board is expected to decide on a second-semester middle school schedule at its meeting Wednesday.

County tops in state in rate of job growth

U.S. Department of Labor statistics show that Anne Arundel County had the highest rate of job growth of any county in the state from August 1999 to August last year, county officials announced this week.

The county's rate of job growth during the period was 5.3 percent; the state's rate was 1.5 percent.

"Though the data for this report was gathered before the events of Sept. 11, our economy remains fundamentally strong," said Bill Badger, president and chief executive officer of Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp. "I have confidence in the strength and diversity of Anne Arundel County's economy."

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