Campaign signs taken from roadsides found in family's...

Arundel Digest

August 14, 2002

Campaign signs taken from roadsides found in family's yard

Two candidates for Anne Arundel County Council who had complained that their election signs were being stolen and destroyed retrieved the signs - most of them unharmed - from a Severna Park family's front yard yesterday.

Margaret Abed said she found the signs, about 50 of them, around her front yard and clustered around her son's car yesterday morning. She said she assumed it was a prank by high school students.

The candidates - incumbent council member Cathleen M. Vitale, a Republican from Severna Park, and George Maloney, a Democrat from Severna Park - were pleased to get their signs back. They had noticed them missing from locations along Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard and East-West Boulevard recently.

Maloney said he filed a police report Monday. Later, after he collected his signs, he said that whoever removed them should be ashamed.

"There is a lot of volunteer effort that goes into a political campaign," he said. "This is all about the democratic process, and whoever these vandals are it just diminishes the process."

Public told not to swim, fish in 2 streams near BWI

The Maryland Department of the Environment is advising the public to avoid swimming and fishing in two streams near Baltimore-Washington International Airport because of a sanitation line spill there.

The spill occurred Tuesday evening when sanitary line overflowed from a manhole near Aviation Boulevard (Route 170) into Kitten Branch on the airport's west side. Because Kitten Branch flows into Stoney Run, MDE is advising the public to avoid swimming and fishing in those areas until Sept. 13.

Crews repaired the line, and the state is performing further inspections of the line. Additional monitoring of the stream will be performed.

County man charged with child porn trafficking

Anne Arundel County prosecutors have filed a three-count criminal information charging a Linthicum Heights man with sending child pornography over the Internet.

Court papers accuse George Lee Harris Jr., 45, of the 100 block of Longcross Road of distributing child pornography from a home computer. The charges stem from a Maryland State Police investigation started last summer.

If convicted, Harris could face a maximum sentence of 10 years. His attorney, Don F. Lindner, declined to discuss the case. Harris was released on an unsecured personal bond after he was charged in May.

Anne Arundel led state in job creation last year

Anne Arundel County led the state in new jobs created for calendar year 2001, according to a report released by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

The county added 6,808 jobs last year, bringing the total work force to 200,219. The increases spanned the retail, hospitality, manufacturing and high-tech sectors.

Bass Pro at Arundel Mills mall added 250 jobs, while both Northrop Grumman and Computer Sciences Corp. created more than 750 positions. Other expanding businesses include the Dominos Pizza Distribution Center and Southwest Airlines.

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