Solomons Island, Riva roads connected by new extension...

Arundel Digest

March 03, 2002

Solomons Island, Riva roads connected by new extension

A new section of Admiral Cochrane Drive opened Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and parade. The road will connect Riva Road with Solomons Island Road (Route 2) in Annapolis.

Extending the road six-tenths of a mile cost $6.7 million. The expense was shared by county and federal government. The road has two lanes in each direction, and officials say it will relieve heavy traffic on Riva Road.

More than 120 trees and shrubs native to the county were planted along the new road.

Construction began in fall 2000.

Bush to appoint 4 people to Naval Academy board

President Bush has announced his intention to appoint four new members to the Naval Academy Board of Visitors.

The appointees are: Michael S. Steele of Maryland, for the remainder of a three-year term ending Dec. 30, 2003; Tirso Del Junco of California, for the remainder of a three-year term ending Dec. 30, 2002; Frederick Meyer of Texas, for the remainder of a three-year term ending Dec. 30, 2003; and Jane E. Newman of New Hampshire, for the remainder of a three-year term, ending Dec. 30, 2003.

The Board of Visitors is an oversight panel for the academy.

Investigation continues into death of girl

Anne Arundel County police continued yesterday to investigate the death of a 16-month-old girl who was rescued a year ago from a burning house in Pasadena.

Police were awaiting a report from the medical examiner on the cause of Sara Concannon's death.

Officers were called to the child's home in the 3500 block of Brickwall Lane in the Jacobsville area of Pasadena on Feb. 18 by a baby sitter who said Sara had fallen and lost consciousness. The girl was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she died three days later.

Police are investigating the death as suspicious, but no criminal charges have been filed, county police spokesman Officer Charles Ravenell said yesterday.

In February last year, Sara and her mother, Christal Hayden, were treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after jumping from the second floor of their burning house into the arms of three construction workers who saw smoke and came to rescue them.

Hayden, then 19, publicly thanked the men who saved her and her baby when the men were honored as heroes by county officials. Hayden's mother, Jenny Hayden, told the men from North Arundel Contracting that they were "honorary godfathers" of the child.

County executive appoints communications director

County Executive Janet S. Owens has appointed Jody Hedeman Couser as the county's director of communications.

An Anne Arundel County native, Couser comes to the position from the American Medical Association in Washington, where she was the public information officer for the country's largest physicians organization. She served earlier as director of communications for the National Association of Police Organizations.

Couser, a graduate of Annapolis Senior High School, holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Roanoke College and a master's degree in political management from George Washington University. She assumes her duties with the county tomorrow.

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