Police promote four to sergeant

ARUNDEL DIGEST

September 23, 2007

Four veteran county police officers were promoted Friday to sergeant.

"You'll not only be the backbone [of the agency], you'll be our shoulders and legs. Your success as a leader will be placed squarely in your hands," Col. James Teare, the Anne Arundel County police chief, told the officers at a ceremony at the Southern District.

The ceremony provided insight into the aspirations of one of the officers. Deputy Chief Emerson C. Davis recalled a training academy exercise in which Sara Schriver, then a recruit, told her peers that one day she would be police chief. Teare later joked that his days were numbered.

Schriver, who has been acting as commander of the public information office, previously was a detective investigating sex crimes and child abuse.

The others promoted to sergeant are:

Richard Duvall, a 21-year veteran and former firefighter who has been an instructor at the training academy. He will join the Northern District as a patrol sergeant.

John Gilmer, a Southern District patrol officer who transferred from the Maryland Transportation Authority police in 1998.

Taiwan "T.J." Smith, a former narcotics detective who works at the Western District in patrol.

Civilian secretary Lana Browning, who works in the chief's office, was also promoted.

Justin Fenton

Opera company to rent ball costumes

The Annapolis Opera Company is throwing open its wardrobe and renting period costumes to guests at next weekend's Queen Anne Ball.

Attendees at the Sept. 30 gala will dine in a castlelike setting, dance to the sounds of Radio City and participate in a silent art auction that will include dozens of original Annapolis-themed works of art.

Dress for the event is black tie or festival Colonial costume. Annapolis Opera Company has more than 1,000 costumes to choose from. Call 410-267-8135 for an appointment.

The gala will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Loews Annapolis Hotel, 126 West St. It will kick off the yearlong Annapolis Alive! celebration commemorating the signing of the charter in 1708, which granted Annapolis its status as a city.

Tickets for the Queen Anne Ball start at $150. Information: www.annapolisalive.org.

Race today benefits victims of crime

A woman whose front door was kicked in by her abuser could buy a new, secure door.

A man whose work supplies were stolen could replace them so that he can get back to work quickly.

John Dick's family needed financial help after the Pasadena man and his 12-year-old son each lost a leg when they were struck by a car as they changed a tire on the roadside.

The Anne Arundel County Victims' Fund helped all of them recover.

To support the cause, the 10th annual 5K Victims' Fund Run and 2 Mile Walk will be held today in Severna Park.

The race is sponsored by the Anne Arundel County state's attorney's office and the County Bar Foundation to support victims of crime.

The entry fee is $18. Registration begins at 7 a.m., and the race starts at 8:15 am at Park Plaza on Ritchie Highway. The race and walk follow the B&A Trail on a scenic, flat surface. The post-race party includes food, music, awards and prizes.

Nominees sought for Pace award

County Executive John R. Leopold and the Anne Arundel County Human Relations Commission are seeking nominations for the Dallas G. Pace Sr. Human Relations Award, which will be presented at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast at Anne Arundel Community College in January.

Pace is a former chairman of the Human Relations Commission, teacher and community leader. The award recognizes residents who have significantly contributed to human relations in the county.

Information: 410-222-1234, or the Human Relations Commission office at the Arundel Center, third floor, 44 Calvert St., Annapolis.

Applications for nominations will be accepted until Oct. 1.

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