Week In Review

February 25, 2007

Anne Arundel

School board hands budget to Leopold

Charter school expansion, technology and long-sought building repairs are likely to be among the first on the chopping block when the Anne Arundel county executive and County Council make the cuts they have vowed in the school system's $133 million budget increase.

The county school board approved and forwarded to County Executive John R. Leopold Wednesday the superintendent's $920 million budget for next school year, without one item lopped off. School officials are hoping county officials will raise a local income tax to increase revenue, rather than trim the school's budget. County officials have balked at the idea since it emerged last month, and nothing has changed.

"The 17 percent school board budget [increase] is not acceptable. ... I will reduce that budget," Leopold said this week.

Leopold cannot cut individual programs but can come up with a dollar figure that the school system has to accept.

Anne Arundel section, Friday

Officer accused of assault, sex offense

A rookie Anne Arundel County police officer has been charged with taking a cell phone picture of himself groping a teenager during a traffic stop, after threatening to jail her for drunken driving if she didn't cooperate.

Officer Joseph F. Mosmiller, 22, is accused of telling the 18-year-old and her female passenger to lift their shirts in the parking lot of a Pasadena church just before midnight Jan. 20, according to documents filed Tuesday in District Court. When the friend refused, the documents say, Mosmiller took the photo and then let the women go.

He was charged Monday with fourth-degree sex offense, second-degree assault and two other misdemeanors. He was released the next day on his own recognizance by District Judge J. Michael Wachs.

Mosmiller, who was hired in May and given a commendation for foiling a robbery in December, can return to work on desk duty, as can three other officers who were implicated in the incident, said Lt. David Waltemeyer, a county police spokesman.

He would not say how the three officers, who worked the same midnight shift as Mosmiller at the Eastern District, were involved.

Maryland section, Wednesday

New tax proposed on car rentals

The Anne Arundel County executive is proposing a new tax on cars rented in the county - including at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport - that would raise "several million dollars" a year to counterbalance the county's gloomy budget outlook.

County Executive John R. Leopold, who offered the estimate of potential revenue, said he planned to present a letter to the leaders of Anne Arundel's legislative delegation seeking permission from the General Assembly to impose the tax.""--""

Business section, Wednesday

Annapolis

State proposes lodge for historic registry

At Universal Lodge No. 14, prominent black men of Annapolis set about making brotherhood.

Men including former Mayor John T. Chambers Jr. and William Bishop, the first black physician at Anne Arundel General Hospital, gathered to uplift the community. At one point, the lodge had 110 members. The chapter - among the oldest in Maryland - has been around since 1865. Its home since 1940 has been a plain, two-story brick building at 64 Clay St.

A state panel recommended Tuesday that the lodge be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building, which dates to 1880, could be on the registry as early as this summer.

Anne Arundel section, Wednesday

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