Week In Review

November 13, 2005

Man is held briefly in fatal shooting

Anne Arundel County police detained -- and then released -- a 26-year-old Glen Burnie resident in the fatal shooting Nov. 4 of a 28-year-old Severna Park man at an acquaintance's apartment.

Michel Leo Rousseaux, 28, died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the state medical examiner. His death is under investigation and has been ruled a homicide.

According to police, Rousseaux went to a home in the 8000 block of Crainmont Drive in Glen Burnie. There, Rousseaux became involved in an argument with the home's owner, whom police have not identified. Rousseaux was shot multiple times in the upper torso, police said. Police would not say who owned the gun.

Police detained and interviewed this man, who was later released, according to authorities.

Maryland section, Tuesday

Moyer edges out two challengers

Annapolis Mayor Ellen O. Moyer held off aggressive challenges from a Republican city alderman and an independent candidate to win a second four-year term.

Moyer received 46 percent of the vote, independent Gilbert T. Renaut had 36 percent and Republican George O. Kelley Sr. had 18 percent.

The city's first female mayor, Moyer, a Democrat, is known from more than two decades in city politics. But opponents made an issue of her handling of a historic market lease and what they said was her sometimes abrasive style.

Four of the eight board of aldermen seats were open, and two-term Alderwoman Cynthia Carter lost her Ward 6 seat to independent Julie Stankivic, which means five new city council members will be sworn in Dec. 5.

Other new council members will be Richard E. Israel, a Ward 1 Democrat who defeated Republican Doug Burkhardt for an open seat; Ward 2 Republican Michael I. Christman, who edged out Democrat Debbie Rosen McKerrow; Democrat Wayne Taylor, who handily outpolled Republican Tyrone Furman in Ward 4; and Democrat Sam Shropshire, who beat Republican Laura Townsend in Ward 7. Townsend had unseated incumbent Republican Michael Fox in the GOP primary.

Incumbent Classie Gillis Hoyle easily won re-election in Ward 3 despite a last-minute write-in candidacy by Michael Scott Bowling, whom she had defeated in the Democratic primary.

Also re-elected were Ward 5 Republican David H. Cordle Sr. and Ward 8 Democrat Joshua J. Cohen.

Maryland section, Wednesday

Leaders urge firms to prepare for influx

Anne Arundel County and Fort Meade leaders last week said the private sector will play a key role in preparing for the arrival of thousands of workers and their families from a nationwide military realignment.

"Think big picture," County Executive Janet S. Owens said Thursday to more than 100 business people who gathered for a briefing about the base realignment and closings, known as BRAC, which became law Wednesday.

"We really do need you to invest in this," she said.

Companies don't seem to need the prodding.

They're jumping in line to get a piece of the action, though Fort Meade's commander said the jobs won't start arriving before 2008 and most aren't scheduled to move until 2010.

Columbia-based Corporate Office Properties Trust, which develops and leases buildings that are largely used by federal government agencies and their contractors, expects the northwestern Anne Arundel area, on and off the base, to need 10 million square feet in office space for BRAC activity and other additions to Fort Meade.

That's the equivalent of the former World Trade Center in New York and significantly higher than the county's estimates.

Business section, Friday

County's test scores exceed state average

Anne Arundel County was one of four Baltimore-area counties that had passing percentages that exceeded the state average on a new statewide high school English test for 10th graders.

In Anne Arundel, 61 percent passed the test.

By comparison, 77 percent passed the English test in Howard County; 71 percent in Carroll County; 64 percent in Harford County; 52 percent in Baltimore County and 35 percent in Baltimore City.

More than 40 percent of Maryland's 10th-graders failed the test that will soon be required for graduation, with passing rates particularly low in the state's poorest neighborhoods.

State officials said the results of last spring's test, while disappointing, are not alarming because they expect more students to pass when the score counts toward their diploma.

But the wide disparity in achievement between the highest-performing schools, often in wealthy areas, and dismal results elsewhere raise the question of whether hundreds of students in city schools will be able to graduate.

Main section, Friday

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