Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

March 19, 2003

Police identify man found dead off City Dock

A man found dead off City Dock in Annapolis yesterday morning has been identified as Greg Allen Hiner, 47, who had sailed from Kennett Square, Pa., according to a spokesman for the Department of Natural Resources.

Maryland Natural Resources Police are not investigating the death as a homicide, spokesman John Surrick said, and police do not suspect foul play.

A passer-by called police after seeing a man's body in the water near Fawcett Boat Supplies. Surrick said Hiner's sailboat was docked in the area, and that Hiner apparently was alone on the 26-foot craft.

Laurel man who crashed his vehicle into tree dies

A Laurel man who crashed his 1995 Ford Explorer into a tree near Defense Highway on Sunday has died of his injuries, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

Robert Edward Pearson, 59, of the 11900 block of Callow Terrace was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with severe injuries, police said.

His green Explorer had crossed the double yellow line and smashed into a tree about 60 feet from the road, police said. His passenger, Lorraine Lenigan, 45, of the 8000 block of Mandan Road in Greenbelt, was treated for minor injuries, police said.

Pearson, a diabetic, was conscious when police arrived at the scene and told officers he believed he had passed out before the crash as a result of his medical condition. He died about 10 a.m. Monday, police said.

County Council passes plan for bike lanes, pedestrians

The County Council unanimously approved Monday a 15-year plan that calls for upgrades in pedestrian safety and the creation of bicycle lanes.

The county's first Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan does not set aside money for improvements for next fiscal year, which begins July 1. It suggests potential funding sources and could be used to help land grants, county officials said.

But parts of the plan won't require money and are under way. County planners said they are reviewing road building standards to ensure that future construction will include sidewalks and shoulders that can be used by bicyclists and pedestrians.

Annapolis Neck proposal is approved by council

After nearly five years of debate and amendments, the County Council unanimously approved the Annapolis Neck Small Area Plan on Monday night.

The plan, created with input from an advisory committee of residents, sets development and zoning in the area for the next decade.

Last month, controversy over the plan drew more than 300 people to a council meeting. Many feared the council would amend the plan to allow a commercial and residential village on Bestgate Road near Westfield Shoppingtown, but such an amendment was never introduced.

School board affirms denial of trip to Scotland

A last-ditch appeal by the South River High School band, orchestra and chorus to take a trip to Scotland next month despite a policy prohibiting overseas trips because of possible war with Iraq, was rejected last week by members of the Anne Arundel County school board.

Vincent Weber, a South River parent and music booster whose daughter plays cello in the orchestra, said the group learned of the board's decision that day. He said that while some students were sad they would not be allowed to attend the Youth Music of the World event, most understood that "we live in a changed world." A written decision from the board will be released this week.

Several field trips, including one to London and others to Baltimore and Washington, were canceled last month when the nation was in a Code Orange terrorism alert status. Most trips have since been reinstated, but those requiring air or ocean travel remain banned.

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