Mayo Elementary demolition delayed until next summer...

ARUNDEL DIGEST

August 21, 2002

Mayo Elementary demolition delayed until next summer

The demolition and rebuilding of Mayo Elementary School has been pushed back six months to next summer, allowing the school's 275 pupils to remain in their school all of this academic year.

In a letter sent to Mayo parents yesterday, Superintendent Eric J. Smith said he has delayed the pupils' temporary transfer to Annapolis Middle - which had been set for January - because he needs time to review the design for the new Mayo Elementary.

"We are establishing a new direction for construction projects countywide, and we are reevaluating educational specifications for current projects," Smith wrote. He said construction of the new school is expected to take two years, with children returning in the fall of 2005.

3 arrested on drug charges in raid on Pasadena house

County police arrested three people and seized about $2,000 in suspected drugs Monday night at a house on Tuggies Road in Pasadena.

Nikki Lynn Reed, 18, and Daniel Eric Critzman, 21, were arrested and charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute and handgun violations, police said. Annette Cheryl Critzman, 43, was arrested and charged with two counts of drug possession and one count of possession of paraphernalia, police said.

Officers had been investigating the house because of numerous complaints of drug activity, police said. They obtained a search warrant after undercover detectives were able to purchase suspected crack cocaine from the house, police said.

Police recovered 16.5 grams of suspected crack cocaine, 37 grams of what they said was marijuana, $422, a scale, a handgun and drug paraphernalia when they executed the search warrant Monday night, police said.

Woman punched in face in robbery try at home

A woman was punched in the face Monday night after she told a man who approached her in her driveway in Pasadena that she had no money in her purse, Anne Arundel County police said.

The woman told police she had gone to get her cell phone from her car parked at her residence on Woodholme Circle when a man demanded her purse.

He knocked her into her car when she told him she had no money, and when she regained balance, she saw that he had fled, police said.

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