Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

January 26, 2007

Leopold signs climate agreement

Anne Arundel's John R. Leopold yesterday became the first county executive in Maryland to sign the U.S. Mayor's Climate Protection Agreement and join the Sierra Club's Cool Cities program.

Nationwide, 375 mayors from 50 states, including Annapolis mayor Ellen O. Moyer, have signed.

The agreement calls upon cities, communities and the federal government to meet or beat the principles of the 2005 Kyoto Protocol, which requires the reduction of global warming pollution.

It sets an emissions reduction target of 7 percent below 1990 levels by 2012 and calls for policies that promote energy efficiency, green space preservation, air quality improvements, reduced traffic congestion, and job creation through new energy technologies.

During his five terms in the House of Delegates, Leopold voted for the Healthy Air Act and fought efforts to reduce standards for power plant emissions. He also supported Critical Area laws and stronger energy-efficiency requirements.

As county executive, he has moved to strengthen enforcement of environmental laws and to expand the statute of limitations for criminal violations from one year to three.

Two men shot in Annapolis

Two men were shot Tuesday night in Annapolis, police said.

The victims were found around 11 p.m. in the 700 block of Newtowne Drive. Kevin Andrew Hopkins, 20, of the 700 block of Newtowne Drive, was shot in the lower torso and taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

Marcus Lavon Freeman, 19, also of the 700 block of Newtowne Drive, was shot in the foot and taken to Annapolis Medical Center, according to police.

The men told police that they heard shots being fired and began to run, but were hit. A nearby police officer found Hopkins on the ground and Freeman hopping on one foot, Dalton said.

Glen Burnie sweep nets 12 arrests

As part of its effort to cut the number of outstanding warrants, the county sheriff's office "swept" Glen Burnie with 68 attempts over two nights.

Twelve people were arrested in the early hours of Jan. 21 and 22, and 13 warrants were served at locations throughout the community.

A sheriff's office spokesman said that deputies also got information on the possible locations of other wanted people.

The sheriff's office backlog of about 12,000 unserved warrants was a major campaign issue last fall for his predecessor, George F. Johnson IV, who lost his race. About a quarter of the warrants are out of state, about 500 are for dead people. Most of the rest are for misdemeanor cases.

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