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January 16, 2008

Arundel man pleads guilty to two bank robberies

A 28-year-old Anne Arundel County man pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to robbing two banks in Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties.

According to his plea agreement with prosecutors in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, Joel Travis Nunnally of Glen Burnie admitted that on June 8, he entered the Bank of America in the 5200 block of East Drive in Arbutus, wearing a dark-colored ski mask and gloves, and carrying a shotgun. Nunnally approached two tellers, pointed the shotgun at each of them and demanded money, stealing $2,224, according to court papers.

On Aug. 6, Nunnally used similar methods to rob the Wachovia Bank in the 7800 block of Quarterfield Road in Severn of $2,816, prosecutors said.

County police followed Nunnally to a hotel in Howard County. When a police officer approached Nunnally's car, prosecutors said, the officer saw Nunnally disassembling the shotgun.

Nunnally could receive a maximum sentence of 25 years for bank robbery, and a minimum of seven years and a maximum of life for the use of a firearm in a crime of violence. Sentencing is scheduled for April 10.

Matthew Dolan

Harford County

: Joppa

Apartment building fire investigated

The state fire marshal's office is investigating a fire that was intentionally set outside the entrance to an apartment building in Joppa early yesterday, authorities said.

An occupant at 572 Renee Drive noticed the fire just after 1:30 a.m. and activated the building's fire alarm, Deputy State Fire Marshal Howard F. Ewing said. The building, which has eight apartments, was evacuated while firefighters extinguished the blaze. No injuries were reported, Ewing said.

Ellie Baublitz

Maryland

: Primary

Deadline Tuesday for voter sign-up

The deadline for Maryland residents to register to vote in the Feb. 12 presidential primary is Tuesday.

Marylanders who are eligible to vote but have not registered must complete an application and drop it off by 9 p.m. Tuesday at their local boards of election or mail it there postmarked by Tuesday.

Voter registration forms are available at state and local boards of election, public colleges, post offices, public libraries, Motor Vehicle Administration offices, state health department offices, local social services and aging offices and at www.elections.state.md.us. To request an application by mail, call 800-222-VOTE.

Harford County

: Bel Air

Fire substation plan to be discussed

A public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the McFaul Center, 525 W. MacPhail Road in Bel Air, to address community concerns about a proposed Bel Air Fire Company substation next to Patterson Mill Middle High School.

Residents and school PTA representatives want the proposed substation to be built elsewhere. They say the noise of firetruck horns and sirens, and the traffic of volunteers rushing to the station would have a negative impact on learning and safety at the school.

Ellie Baublitz

Baltimore

: Dutch Village

Families displaced by fire; no one hurt

At least three families were burned out of their homes in the Dutch Village development in Northeast Baltimore yesterday evening; the fire was aided by an oxygen tank used by a young resident of one of the units.

There were no injuries.

Reported at 5:35 p.m., in the 6600 block of Snowberry Court near East Northern Parkway, the fire caused extensive damage to three connected units and forced several residents into the cold.

Chief Kevin Cartwright, a Fire Department spokesman, said the fire broke out shortly after a resident of one of the units arrived home and adjusted the thermostat. During the fire, an oxygen tank used by a male resident of one of the units exploded, adding to the damage.

The one-alarm fire was under control in less than an hour. Its cause was being investigated.

The city's Neighborhood Services and the Baltimore Chapter of the Red Cross were aiding displaced residents.

Richard Irwin

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