Gas line rupture closes portion of Ritchie Highway A...

ARUNDEL DIGEST

November 16, 2001

Gas line rupture closes portion of Ritchie Highway

A gas line rupture closed a portion of Ritchie Highway in Pasadena for about 90 minutes yesterday afternoon, authorities said.

Contractors installing a guardrail near Pasadena Road hit the natural gas line about 1:30 p.m., but Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. crews repaired the pipe before firefighters had to evacuate a school and an adult day care center nearby, said Anne Arundel County Fire Division Chief John M. Scholz. Authorities said the road closing caused traffic congestion nearby.

Gas service was not affected in the area and Ritchie Highway was reopened by 3 p.m., Scholz said.

Police hold open house for minority recruitment

The Anne Arundel County Police Department held its second annual minority recruitment open house yesterday in Linthicum.

Police said applications for officer positions will be accepted through Nov. 26. The department will administer written tests to potential officers on Dec. 8 and Dec. 10.

For more information about job openings in the department, including positions in communications and evidence collection, call Cpl. Eleanor Foote at 410-222-8672.

40 county firefighters to graduate tonight

Forty Anne Arundel County firefighters are to graduate from the county's training academy tonight.

Because of the recruits helped clean up after the Sept. 24 tornado that devastated the Maryland Fire Rescue Institute office complex in College Park, their class will be the first to receive a commendation prior to graduation.

In addition to county firefighters, three recruits from the Annapolis Fire Department and 13 from the Baltimore-Washington International Airport department are also scheduled to graduate from the 17-week training program.

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