City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

April 04, 2006

Pay raise OK'd for next Anne Arundel executive

The salary of Anne Arundel County's next top elected official would increase by 27 percent under a measure unanimously approved last night by the County Council.

The pay of the county executive - $102,000 - had not been adjusted since before Janet S. Owens took office in 1998, and council members agreed last night that a raise was needed to attract desirable candidates.

The executive's salary will jump to $125,000 in 2007 and to $130,000 in 2010.

According to county records, 63 county employees make more than Owens. The Democrat oversees nearly 4,000 employees and an annual budget that exceeds $1 billion, but the executive's salary ranks sixth among the state's seven largest jurisdictions.

"That speaks very poorly for our county," said County Councilwoman Pamela G. Beidle, a Linthicum Democrat.

Phillip McGowan

Baltimore: Shootings

1 dies, 1 injured in separate incidents

One man was fatally shot and another man critically wounded within minutes of each other last night in apparently unrelated incidents police said. Names of the victims were withheld pending notification of family members. No arrests had been made in either shooting, police said. Central District police responding to a report of a man shot in the 1900 block of Druid Hill Ave. and West Preston St. in the Upton community about 8:30 p.m. found a man lying near the intersection. He had been shot in the head at least once. He was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died a short time later, police said. A second man was shot in the head in the 4700 block of Harford Road. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he was reported in critical condition, police said.

Baltimore: Curtis Bay

Acid cloud forms after chemical spill

A 500-gallon chemical spill created a cloud of hydrochloric acid in Curtis Bay yesterday, according to city fire officials. About 50 firefighters responded to the 2600 block of Cannery Ave. early yesterday afternoon. Chief Kevin Cartwright, a spokesman for the city Fire Department, said cleaning solution that spilled from a 14,000- gallon container was collected. The cloud dissipated minutes after it formed, Cartwright said.

Brent Jones

Carroll: Mount Airy

Land referendum OK'd for May ballot

A referendum on whether to overturn Mount Airy's controversial annexation of a 152-acre farm will be placed on the ballot in the town's May 1 election, Mayor James S. Holt announced at the Town Council meeting last night. Of the 2,006 signatures on a petition that opposed the annexation, 1,817 were validated, according to a report issued by the mayor. The farm annexation, where a developer plans to build 275 homes, has been criticized by many of the town's 8,500 residents.

Laura McCandlish

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