Week In Review

October 30, 2005

Anne Arundel

Woman admits stealing from bank

A bank teller manager from Odenton pleaded guilty in federal court in Greenbelt Tuesday to embezzling more than $35,000 from the Wachovia Bank in Laurel.

Theresa Williamson, 40, began working at the bank in 2002, according to court documents.

Over two years, she transferred nearly $36,000 from a vault to her checking account, prosecutors said. The transactions generally involved between $1,000 and $2,000 each.

She would create a "miscellaneous cash out ticket" to balance the bank's records, documents say. Because the bank rarely audited the vault, the crime was not discovered until Sept. 1, 2004, while Williamson was on vacation.

She repaid the bank, prosecutors said. When she returns to court Jan. 12, she could face a maximum of 30 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release.

Maryland section, Wednesday, Oct. 26

Anne Arundel

Mann may again lead county schools

The Anne Arundel County Board of Education is negotiating with retired Assistant Superintendent Nancy M. Mann to temporarily lead the school system, sources with knowledge of the talks said Wednesday.

Mann, who retired in June, would temporarily replace Superintendent Eric J. Smith, who announced in August that he will leave Nov. 23 for an unpaid position at Harvard University.

Although not privy to the board's decision, County Executive Janet S. Owens said that Mann would be "a wonderful choice."

Sheila M. Finlayson, president of the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County, said she would be thrilled if Mann, who spent 35 years in Arundel schools, starting as a teacher, takes the job.

Maryland section, Thursday, Oct. 27

Region

County gets control of Baltimore park

Baltimore officials said Thursday that the city will turn over control of a scenic, 100-acre waterfront park it owns in Anne Arundel County, ending a bitter regional dispute sparked by complaints that the city had failed to adequately police or maintain the property nine miles outside the city limits.

Under the deal, the county will assume daily control of Fort Smallwood Park and take responsibility for security there. The county will pay no rent, but will pay for cleanup of lead paint and asbestos at several structures on the property, a project the county estimates could cost $10 million.

The agreement signals an end to years of tensions between the city and the county over the park, the site of a fort built in 1896 to protect the city's harbor. For years, nearby residents have complained that the city hasn't maintained the property, or prevented rowdy behavior, gunshots and drug dealing there.

Page 1A, Friday, Oct. 28

Anne Arundel

School principal hit while stopping fight

The principal of North County High School was punched in the head while trying to stop a fight between three teenagers on Wednesday morning, police said Thursday.

The three Glen Burnie girls - ages 13, 14 and 15 - had an argument at a bus stop near their school around 7 a.m. Wednesday, said an Anne Arundel County Police Department spokesman. The three were calm on the bus, but an anonymous caller had alerted school administrators that a fight might break out, said Sgt. Shawn A. Urbas, the spokesman.

When the bus arrived at the school, principal Patricia Plitt and teacher Gary Liddick were outside waiting. Another fight broke out when the 13-year-old was punched by the other two girls. Others on the scene helped break up the fight, and the girls were separated. As Plitt approached the 14-year-old to try to calm her down, the teen cursed at Plitt, then struck her in the head, knocking her to the ground, Urbas said.

Plitt was treated at the Baltimore Washington Medical Center and she was back at work the next day. All three teens were given juvenile citations for disruption of school activity, and the 14-year-old was charged with second-degree assault. All were suspended.

Maryland section, Friday, Oct. 28

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