Arundel Digest


July 14, 2006

Police give name of toddler hit by car

Anne Arundel County police on Wednesday released the name of a Harwood toddler who died in a traffic accident near Lothian this week.

The child, Joseph Smith, 16 months, of the 1500 block of Carmody Court, was struck by a car on Tuesday, police said. The child was taken to Children's Hospital in Washington, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The woman driving the car had just dropped off her daughter with Desirae Smith, who runs a day care facility out of her home, police said. The woman was backing out of the driveway when she struck Smith's toddler, dragging him, police said.

No charges have been filed and the case will be reviewed by the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's office, police said.

Annie Linskey


Report on buildings could be blueprint

The Anne Arundel school board this week received a report on building needs that could be used as a blueprint for redistricting.

The study will be used by the board to develop a 10-year master plan for how best to use school facilities.

The report does not contain, as it was rumored to, suggestions for redrawing school attendance boundaries for schools in the Severna Park feeder system.

The report recommends redrawing the boundaries only for one: Benfield Elementary School, which would stay in the feeder system.

Many parents in the Folger McKinsey Elementary School attendance area went to Wednesday's school board meeting to ask that their children not be shifted to other schools.

Board members replied by telling the parents that there are no plans to do so and that any redistricting plans could be years in the making.

The board will hold workshops on the report.

Anica Butler

Health department

Agency names new program managers

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health announced the appointment of two new program managers this week.

Sandra O'Neill was named the new program manager for the department's adolescent and family services program.

The Lothian resident, who previously was a program director at an area nonprofit organization, will oversee outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment services for children and adolescents and their families.

Phillip Sears, 35, a department employee for six years, was named program manager for the Office of Minority Health.

He will work with programs that address health disparities in minority communities, including cancer and other chronic disease prevention.

The Catonsville resident previously implemented the department's anti-smoking programs targeting youths.


Police station

Owens says sale netted $1.9 million

Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens announced that the sale of the old Southern District Police Station had allowed her to deposit $1.9 million with interest into the county's general fund.

The county auctioned off the property, located in the 2900 block of Solomons Island Road, after opening a new Southern District station.

The land had been appraised last year at between $1.2 million and $1.4 million.

The 1945 Cape Cod-style building, which covers about 6,600 square feet and sits on 1.2 acres, was sold to George Criswell, who owns an Annapolis car dealership.

He paid more than $2 million for it, including the auctioneer fee.

He has not revealed his plans.


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