Arundel Digest


March 31, 2006

County to auction commercial parcel

In a revenue-raising move, Anne Arundel County will for the first time auction a piece of property, County Executive Janet S. Owens announced Monday.

The former site of the Southern District Police Station - a commercially zoned property with an assessed value of $1.1 million - will be auctioned next month.

The property, at 2972 Solomons Island Road in Edgewater, has 1.2 acres of land and includes the 6,600-square-foot brick police station. Two driveways connect the land to Route 2, although an additional driveway to Virginia Avenue must be closed off, county essential services officer Fred Schram said.

The sale of the property will increase property tax revenue and add money to the county's General Fund, Owens said in a statement. The property will not be sold for less than its appraised value, Owens said. An open house will be held from noon to 2 p.m. April 11. Alex Cooper auctioneers will host the on-site auction at 11 a.m. April 16.

The building, which was constructed in 1945, has been vacant since January 2004 when the Southern District officers moved to a 15,000-square-foot station on Stepneys Lane in Edgewater.

Julie Scharper

Candidate plans to freeze seniors' taxes

County executive candidate Dennis M. Callahan announced yesterday that, if elected, he would freeze property taxes for people older than 65 whose primary residence is in Anne Arundel County.

"It's the fear factor," said Callahan, explaining that seniors on fixed incomes worry that they will not be able to pay property taxes because of rate increases or increases in the assessed value of their home.

The county derives $58 million annually from property taxes of people over 65, Callahan said. Under Callahan's plan, seniors would pay the same amount for property taxes each year after they turn 65, regardless of changes in tax rates or assessments. Once the home is sold, property taxes would increase again.

Callahan is stepping down as county recreation and parks director to run for county executive as a Democrat. He previously served as Annapolis mayor.

Julie Scharper

Severn man, 21, arrested in stabbing

Anne Arundel County police have arrested a 21-year-old Severn man in connection with the stabbing of another man.

Kevon Miller, 21, of the 8200 block of Dunfield Court was charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, assault with a deadly weapon and other charges, police said.

The stabbing took place at 7 p.m. March 22 in the 8200 block of Parham Court, police said. When police arrived, the victim was bleeding from wounds to his back. Police said he'd been stabbed by two men who fled in the victim's blue Lincoln, which they drove off the road. The victim, who police said identified Miller as his assailant, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with nonlife-threatening wounds.

Annie Linskey

Man to serve 2 years for role in slaying

Anthony Lane, a Washington man who pleaded guilty two years ago to a misdemeanor charge in connection with the slaying of his ex-girlfriend's brother, was sentenced Monday to two years in jail by Circuit Judge Joseph P. Manck, according to the state's attorney's office.

Lane was charged with second-degree assault and three counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of second-degree assault.

According to police, Lane and a friend - Nathaniel Campbell - crashed a Crofton party at the house of Lane's ex-girlfriend in February 2004 and started a fight when they were asked to leave.

Police said that Lane ordered Campbell to get a gun, and that Campbell then opened fire on a crowd of people outside the house in the 2000 block of Lake Grove Lane. Campbell, though, was cleared of all charges in a jury trial last month.

Andre Summers, 31, of Bowie was killed after he apparently went outside to assist his sister, Michele Summers, then 27, escort Lane and Campbell from the party.

Annie Linskey

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