Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

February 20, 2004

County bus service to reach Galesville, other southern areas

Anne Arundel County officials announced yesterday plans to extend bus service from Annapolis to the Galesville, Deale and Shady Side areas in the southern part of the county later this year.

"Linking the citizens of southern Anne Arundel County to vital services in Annapolis through public transportation has been a priority for me," said County Executive Janet S. Owens in a written statement.

The new route, funded by a federal grant, will begin at Spa Road in Annapolis and run along Route 2, Mayo Road and Route 468 before ending in Deale. County officials said the bus will probably run every two hours Monday through Friday.

The county has scheduled two informational meetings on the planned route. The first is at 6 p.m. March 15 at the Southern District Police Station on Stepneys Lane in Edgewater. The second is at 6 p.m. March 31 at the Galesville Memorial Hall, next to the Galesville Volunteer Fire Company on Main Street.

Annapolis drops plans to seek restaurant tax

Annapolis Mayor Ellen O. Moyer has dropped plans to seek General Assembly authority to levy a 1 percent food and drink tax at city restaurants.

Moyer wanted to use revenue from the tax to alleviate Annapolis' parking woes by paying for valet parking and expanded bus and water taxi programs. The tax would have lasted three years and brought about $1.5 million to Annapolis annually, city officials said.

But Annapolis restaurant owners were skeptical about the proposed tax, and there is a General Assembly bill that would give municipalities the ability to introduce food and beverage taxes, which city officials said they would support.

Preservation panel OKs sidewalk project

Annapolis leaders hope to resume sidewalk improvements around Church Circle after the city's Historic Preservation Commission unanimously approved the controversial project earlier this week.

City workers began upgrading the sidewalks around the historic circle in January, but stopped once they found archaeological remains - part of a child's leg bone - on the site, which is near St. Anne's Church graveyard.

The city planned to restart the project almost immediately, but the commission ruled the city had not applied for the proper work permits.

Even after the commission granted work permits to the city, officials said they still must await clearance from the state, which is trying to identify the child's remains and notify anyone who may be related.

Pizza deliveryman reports attack by group of men

About a dozen young men attacked and robbed a pizza delivery man late Wednesday in the 200 block of Croll Drive in Annapolis, city police said.

Robert James Kapoor, a driver for Pizza Boli's, said he was attempting to deliver a pizza to a residence in the block when the men ran from behind a building and began to hit him, police said.

The men fled after taking $100 from the driver's pockets and two pizzas, police said. Kapoor, who was not seriously injured in the attack, told police that the residents at the location for which the pizza was to be delivered said they had not ordered any food.

Annapolis police are investigating.

Man dressed as woman robs M&T bank branch

A man dressed as a woman held up the M&T Bank on Bay Dale Drive in Arnold about 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, Anne Arundel County police said.

The man gave a teller a note saying he had a bomb, police said. Wearing a leopard-print hat, white tennis shoes and red lipstick, he demanded money while holding an unidentified item wrapped with tape, police said.

A witness was able to give police a description of the person's vehicle, and it was located at the Annapolis Terrace Motel on Ferguson Road, police said.

No arrests have been made, and county police are investigating.

Police looking for person who shot Baltimore man

Late Wednesday night, a 19-year-old Baltimore man was shot in the abdomen and forearm at a residence on Warfield Road in Glen Burnie, Anne Arundel County police said.

Dennis Henry Robinson was in serious but stable condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, and county police said they were looking for his attacker, known only as "Blanche."

The shooting apparently occurred after an altercation between the two, which followed a fight they had a week earlier, police said. County police are investigating.

Pioneer City man charged with possession of cocaine

A 42-year-old Pioneer City man has been charged with possession of about $960 worth of crack cocaine in a nearby Severn neighborhood, Anne Arundel County police said.

Investigators received information about a drug transaction planned for Wednesday evening in the 7800 block of Quarterfield Road, Police said.

They arrested John Philip Porter Jr. of the 8500 block of Pioneer Drive and charged him with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession of cocaine.

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