Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

March 11, 2004

Owens, citizens' panel to discuss budget options

Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens is scheduled to meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight with members of the countywide Citizens Advisory Committee, which reports to the school board.

The group has asked Owens to discuss education and its priority in the county's funding process; current and potential funding sources; the process of building the county's budget; and funding problems the county is facing regarding education and other services.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at the school board's Annapolis headquarters, 2644 Riva Road.

Man charged with selling stolen movies on e-Bay

Annapolis police, working with federal authorities, ended a month-long investigation into a local video piracy scheme Tuesday with the arrest of an Annapolis man accused of selling illegal copies of movies on the Internet.

Hari Prasad of the 1000 block Primrose Road was charged under federal law with 16 counts of copyright violation, theft and conspiracy to commit theft. He is accused of hawking the films on eBay, the Internet auction site, police said.

With help from postal inspectors and the financial crimes unit of the Secret Service, police arrested Prasad after a search of his home turned up 360 illegal videotapes of copyrighted movies, electronic equipment used to make the tapes, receipts for illegal tapes sold on eBay and 120 blank VHS tapes.

Police said the investigation was launched after the National White Collar Crimes Center alerted them to a complaint from an individual who purchased two pirated videos from eBay.

School board candidates to speak at hearings

Five people are vying to replace Anne Arundel County school board member Anthony J. Spencer, whose term ends in June.

The candidates will speak at three hearings next month held by the board's nominating convention, which is made up of representatives from parent, business and community groups. The convention is to be held May 4. Two recommended names for the at-large school board seat will be forwarded to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., who will make the final decision.

The candidates are:

Jacqueline Boone Allsup of Glen Burnie, an associate professor of nursing at Anne Arundel Community College.

Pamela K. Bukowski, an Annapolis parent.

Michael Leahy, a Severna Park attorney who ran for the school board last year.

George R. Schmidt of Severna Park, a former county teacher for more than 37 years.

Ralph R. Thomas of Browns Woods on the Broadneck Peninsula, a service coordinator and former county government employee.

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