Owens undergoes planned surgery

Quick release expected for executive


Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens underwent planned surgery yesterday morning at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore and was expected to be released later yesterday to recuperate at her Millersville home, a county news release said.

The condition that prompted Owens' surgery was not life-threatening, according to her chief spokeswoman, Rhonda Wardlaw, who declined to elaborate. County officials hope Owens, 62, will return to Annapolis in time to present the fiscal 2007 county budget to the County Council on May 1.

Wardlaw said she was notified Monday of Owens' surgery.

Yesterday's scheduled meeting between Owens and Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. to discuss the future of the Crownsville Hospital Center has been postponed, likely until after May 1, Wardlaw said.

Owens will continue to work with her staff from home in preparation for the budget, Wardlaw said.

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