Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

December 14, 2005

Services are today for ex-academy chief

A funeral for Vice Adm. William P. Lawrence, former Vietnam prisoner of war and Naval Academy superintendent, is scheduled for 11 a.m. today at the Naval Academy Chapel.

The service is open to the public, and those who attend should be seated by 10:30 a.m. The Naval Academy will operate shuttles from the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium parking lot from 9:30 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.; guests should allow for a minimum of 30 minutes after arrival at the stadium to reach the chapel, a statement said.

After the services, Lawrence will be buried with military honors in the Naval Academy cemetery.

The shuttles will return guests to the stadium from Alumni Hall after the burial service is completed.

The academy will be closed for tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Gate 3 will be closed to vehicles, traffic will be restricted and parking will be limited during that time. The Naval Health Clinic Annapolis also will be closed during that time.

Bradley Olson

Severna Park man hurt in carjacking

A 22-year-old Severna Park man was in serious but stable condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after he was stabbed during a carjacking Sunday afternoon in Annapolis, according to authorities.

John Conrad Orem, 22, of the 100 block of Benfield Road was at a stoplight in the Annapolis area when three men asked for a ride and got into his car, police said. Orem thought he knew one of the men, police said.

The men stabbed Orem several times in the chest and threw him out of the car near Bay Ridge Road and Forest Drive. Orem walked to a nearby gas station to get help and was flown to the hospital, police said. Annapolis police are encouraging anyone with information to call them at 410- 268-9000.

Annie Linskey

Johnson supported in executive bid

Seeking to solidify his base of support in northern Anne Arundel County in his campaign for Anne Arundel County executive, Sheriff George F. Johnson IV announced yesterday in Glen Burnie that he had picked up the endorsement of 11 current and former officials.

Johnson, the only declared Democrat in the field, gained the backing of all elected Democrats in Districts 31 and 32, including state Sen. James E. DeGrange Sr., the Senate majority whip, and Del. Mary Ann Love, chairwoman of the county delegation. Johnson, who lives in Pasadena, also was endorsed by State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee and County Councilwoman Pamela G. Beidle.

Two potential challengers to Johnson in the 2006 party primary are Dennis M. Callahan, director of the county Department of Recreation and Parks; and County Councilwoman Barbara D. Samorajczyk.

County Executive Janet S. Owens, a Democrat, is prohibited by term limits from seeking a third term.

Phillip McGowan

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