Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

December 14, 2007

$1.5 million OK'd for athletic fields

The state Board of Public Works approved $1.575 million this week to install athletic fields at three Anne Arundel County high schools.

Arundel, Annapolis and North County high schools will be the first to receive the new "safety turf" fields as part of the county's $8.8 million capital project to put them at all county high schools. Construction will begin next summer.

"The installation of these safety turf fields increases the community's access to recreational facilities and further extends our partnership with the county public schools to serve all residents," said County Executive John R. Leopold.

"Not only do safety fields significantly reduce maintenance costs, but they also provide a year-round all-weather, unlimited and uniform playing surface that all members of the community can enjoy," he said.

The four-year project at 11 high schools combines county and state Program Open Space funds. The 12th, Broadneck High, installed a $725,000 turf field in 2006, funded mostly by the boosters association.

The other high school stadium fields are limited in use to about 50 times per year. With the installation of the new safety turf in stadiums already equipped with lights, parking lots, concessions, bleachers and other amenities, the new fields can be used all day long, all year long.

City littering fine increased to $250

The Annapolis City Council unanimously passed legislation Monday that would more than double the fine for littering.

The bill, which toughens the city's littering ordinance, increases the fine for littering from $100 to $250. The legislation also widens the ordinance to include specific items such as cigarette butts and plastic bags.

The Annapolis Police Department is charged with enforcing the ordinance.

Mayor Ellen O. Moyer, a Democrat, sponsored the legislation.

Man pleads guilty to drug charges

The son of the civil rights director for the Maryland Attorney General's Office pleaded guilty this week to drug possession charges.

Kojo Lummuba Malik Snowden, 22, son of Carl O. Snowden, was charged in July with possession and intent to distribute marijuana as part of an undercover investigation in Annapolis that included more than 30 drug buys throughout the city.

Kojo Snowden, who lives with his father, is scheduled to be sentenced in February.

His attorney, Daryl D. Jones, declined to comment yesterday.

In February 2006, Kojo Snowden was charged with drug possession with intent to distribute and later sentenced to probation before judgment, according to court records.

Marijuana possession and resisting-arrest charges were dropped.

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