Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

July 30, 2004

Annapolis police officer finds snake in cruiser

An Annapolis police officer returning to his cruiser from a routine check made a slithery discovery: a live snake wrapped around his steering column.

Officer Adam Dufresne discovered the 18-inch-long snake - the type was not known - after stopping at West Street and Monticello Avenue around 4:30 a.m.

It was unclear how the snake got into the cruiser. The officer captured the snake and turned it over to Anne Arundel County's animal control division, said Hal Dalton, an Annapolis police spokesman.

Information sought in fatal hit-and-runs

The Anne Arundel County Police Department is looking for information on two fatal hit-and-run accidents that occurred near Fort Meade.

On the evening of Feb. 9, Donald Leon Mundell was struck and killed on Reece Road.

The vehicle that struck Mendell has been described as a dark-colored sport utility vehicle.

On the morning of Nov. 22, John Bruce sustained head injuries and later died after being hit by a car on Pioneer Drive in Severn.

The vehicle that struck the victim may have been a silver-colored or gray sports car with a black hood, police said.

Anyone with information about either of these incidents is asked to call the Anne Arundel County Police Department's Traffic Safety Section at 410-222-8573.

Rabid groundhog found near Crownsville hospital

A rabid groundhog was found Tuesday in a parking lot of the People's Resource Center at 100 Community Place on the grounds of Crownsville Hospital Center.

Rabies can be spread to humans through scratches or bites from an infected animal. The rabies virus can also be transmitted if the saliva of an infected animal comes into contact with a person's eyes, mouth, nose or open wound.

Anyone who may have handled the sick groundhog or any other wildlife in that location should report their exposure to the Anne Arundel County Health Department at 410- 222-7256. The department's after-hours line is 443-481-3140.

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