Week In Review

November 12, 2006

Anne Arundel

Leopold wins race for county executive

Republican Del. John R. Leopold declared victory in the race for county executive Friday after a count of absentee ballots gave him a margin of nearly 4,000 votes over Sheriff George F. Johnson IV, a Democrat.

Several other races will hang in the balance until about 3,600 provisional ballots and several hundred more absentee ballots from overseas voters are counted, starting tomorrow.

Republican Bryan Simonaire had pulled ahead of former Democratic Del. Walter Shandrowsky in the contest for state senator in District 31, in Pasadena and Glen Burnie.

Annapolis jeweler Ron George had a razor-thin lead over outgoing County Councilwoman Barbara D. Samorajczyk for the third House of Delegates seat in District 30.

In the House District 31 race in North County, Democratic Del. Joan Cadden was up 30 votes over Republican Del. Donald H. Dwyer Jr.

On Tuesday, the GOP's Del. Terry R. Gilleland was defeated and Del. Herb McMillan lost his bid to unseat Democratic Sen. John C. Astle. State House Speaker Michael E. Busch, whom Republican leaders had targeted for defeat, easily won re-election. In the most lopsided race, incumbent Sen John A. Giannetti's attempt to keep his job by becoming a Republican failed.

The County Council held on to its 4-3 Republican majority, but other Democratic wins included a fourth term for State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee and the election of Ron Bateman as sheriff.

Maryland section, Saturday


Court OKs campus construction

The Maryland Court of Appeals sided with the developer of Sojourner-Douglass College's satellite campus in Edgewater, ruling that the historically black college's facility will not have to be torn down and that its construction did not violate a neighborhood covenant. The opinion released Thursday reverses a Court of Special Appeals ruling.

The ruling closes a chapter in a long struggle, said civil rights activist Carl O. Snowden, a supporter of the school. "The decision, of course, is a welcome decision."

Snowden and other black community leaders organized a protest last year on behalf of the college, expressing concern that opposition to the building from homeowners in a predominantly white neighborhood was racially motivated. Edgewater has had a history of racial tension. The homeowners rejected those concerns.

Maryland section, Friday


Warrant was out for man fatally shot

An Upper Marlboro man who authorities say was fatally shot when he or an acquaintance opened fire at a Crofton residence last weekend had earlier been accused of a killing in Prince George's County, police there said yesterday.

Joel Richard Young, 22, of Westphalia Road, was killed Sunday during a shootout at the Crofton residence, Anne Arundel County police said.

Prince George's County police obtained a warrant Aug. 25 for Young's arrest on first- and second-degree murder charges, assault and handgun violations, according to computerized court records and authorities.

Anne Arundel County police said that Young and another man showed up in a four-door vehicle at 1709 Leisure Way about 12:15 p.m. Nov. 5. They entered the apartment and at least one of them started shooting, wounding Christopher Michael Haramis, 25, a resident, police said. Haramis apparently shot Young, police said.

Young's companion is thought to have leaped out the window and fled in the car.

Maryland section, Wednesday


State announces safety grant

The state has pitched in a half-million dollars to help the Annapolis Housing Authority bring two aging communities up to safety and health standards.

The grant, announced by the Department of Housing and Community Development, will fix wiring, doors, windows, smoke detectors and minor structural problems in Obery Court and College Creek Terrace, which are among the oldest public housing properties in the country. College Creek Terrace, which has 109 units, is slated for major renovation, while Obery Court, with 56 units, will likely be demolished. The maintenance work will stabilize the units until the housing authority decides what to do.

"The federal government is cutting the amount of money we have available, and this is a little extra cushion until we are able to figure out the long-term future of College Creek Terrace and Obery Court," said Eric Brown, executive director of the authority. "Until then, we have to try to keep it pieced together."

Anne Arundel section, Wednesday

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