Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

October 28, 2004

Man charged with drunken driving in crash injuring officer

A Glen Burnie man was charged Tuesday night with drunken driving after a crash that left an off-duty police officer seriously injured, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

Officer Elizabeth Shaffer was traveling west in her police cruiser on Furnace Branch Road in Glen Burnie at about 10:45 p.m. when a car going the other way made a U-turn directly in front of her vehicle, said police spokesman Sgt. Shawn Urbas.

Shaffer's cruiser struck the car, a Ford Escort driven by Erik Randolph Miller, 23, of Glen Burnie. The impact caused Miller's vehicle to spin and overturn, Urbas said. Shaffer, a 17-year veteran, was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was listed in fair condition yesterday.

Police reports indicate that Miller was not seriously injured, Urbas said.

Schools say no plans to outsource food service

Anne Arundel school administrators are assuring food service workers that despite rumors the system has no plans to outsource cafeteria services.

According to a letter dated Monday from Gregory V. Nourse, assistant superintendent of business and management services, a subcommittee of Superintendent Eric J. Smith's budget task force has been trying to identify cost-saving measures and best practices. As a result, the group has been reviewing all "support service" functions, including options for transportation and food.

"Even if recommendations are made, we want to make sure we maintain the level and quality of food service that we've always had," said schools spokesman Jonathan Brice. No formal recommendations for the budget will be given to the superintendent or school board until early December, Brice said.

School board members planned to attend a meeting last night at Severna Park Middle School to voice their opposition to hiring an outside contractor.

3 Eastport residents charged in drug raid

Annapolis police seized more than $30,000 worth of the hallucinogenic drug PCP in a raid of an Eastport apartment this week.

Eastport residents Dennis Lee Williams, 34, India Denise Gross, 20, and Maliek Smith, 25, were arrested Monday and charged with possession of drugs with intent to distribute, according to a news release from the Police Department.

A .45 caliber gun and several grams of marijuana also were found at the Bay Ridge Gardens apartment on Bens Drive, where Gross and Smith live and where Williams told police he frequently stays, the release said.

Williams was being held at the county detention center yesterday on $50,000 bond. Smith was being held without bond. Police said bond for Gross originally was set at $5,000. Officials at the detention center said she was not being held yesterday.

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