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May 21, 2008

3 students, grandmother are arrested

Three students at an Annapolis school for troubled students, as well as a grandmother who is featured on cable television as one of Anne Arundel County's "most wanted," were charged after staff members reported that the children were "running amok" and refusing to go to class, police said.

Employees at the Phoenix School, 291 Locust Ave., reported May 14 that a 9-year-old refused to go to class and was running through the halls. He then kicked and punched a teacher, and then kicked the principal, police said.

Another 9-year-old also refused to go to class and was running through and around the school. He kicked a teacher's car four times, then tried to kick several staff members when he was taken to the office, police said.

A 14-year-old refused to go to class and was running through the halls.

All three were arrested and charged as juveniles, the first two with assault and disrupting school activities, the third with disrupting school activities.

When the second child's grandmother came to the school to pick him up and sign the juvenile citation, officers discovered she was wanted on a bench warrant for violation of probation stemming from convictions for drug possession and driving on a suspended license. Lenora Stansbury, 41, also known as Lenora McClintock, is among the suspects featured on the current installment of Anne Arundel County's Most Wanted. She was arrested at the school.

Justin Fenton

Anne Arundel

Crain Highway

Glen Burnie woman killed in collision

A 53-year-old Glen Burnie woman was killed when she apparently lost control of the car she was driving on Crain Highway, crossed into the oncoming lane and was struck by a sport utility vehicle, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

Police said Brenda Jean Johnson of the 300 block of Main Ave. S.W. in Glen Burnie was pronounced dead at 9:04 p.m. Monday at Baltimore-Washington Medical Center. The driver of the other car, Cherolynn Williams Blackwell of the 600 block of Autumn Crest Court in Odenton, suffered minor injuries, police said.

The accident occurred shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Crain Highway near Ritchie Highway. Police said Johnson, driving a 2002 Nissan Maxima, was headed north on Crain Highway when she lost control going around a curve, struck the curb and ended up in the southbound lanes. Police said the Nissan was struck by a southbound 2003 Lincoln Navigator. Neither speed nor Johnson's not wearing a seat belt appears to have been a factor, police said. The investigation is continuing.

Maryland

Government

Muth to head state emergency agency

Gov. Martin O'Malley appointed Richard G. Muth, who led Baltimore County's emergency management program, director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency yesterday.

The agency coordinates statewide responses to disasters and other emergencies. Muth has been director of the county Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management since 1993. He oversaw Maryland's response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the fighting of wildfires in Florida in 1998, and chaired a planning group to prepare for possible computer problems as the century began.

Muth replaces John W. Droneburg, a holdover from Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s administration.

Laura Smitherman

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