County Briefs

August 24, 2008

Annapolis police unveil online crime map

The Annapolis Police Department and CrimeReports.com have announced a new online crime alerting and mapping service designed to provide easy-to-read incident crime maps and automated alerts to citizens.

The service, announced by police and company officials on Thursday, can be located at CrimeReports.Com or directly from the Annapolis Police Department's Web site.

It allows residents to receive automatic daily, weekly or monthly e-mail alerts if crimes occur near their home, office or local school. Residents can also view reported crime activity on a map for any location within Annapolis. Crime incident data is updated nightly and includes incident type, date, location, distance from the citizen's address, the case number and a brief description of the crime.

"CrimeReports.com will prove particularly valuable to those in the community who want to stay informed about what is going on in their neighborhoods and empower citizens to work with the police department to address neighborhood crime issues." said Chief Michael Pristoop.

Later this year, the CrimeReports program will introduce additional services to support community policing and Neighborhood Watch programs.

Repairs to begin on stretch of Route 175

The State Highway Administration will close parts of Route 175 in Odenton starting tomorrow to replace a 36-inch stormwater pipe and repair the roadway.

Crews will have to open a trench in front of the Odenton Shopping Center approximately 8 feet wide and 20 feet deep. Route 175 will be reduced from two lanes in each direction to one lane in each direction for the duration of the work. The eastbound two lanes of Route175 will be closed for these repairs and both east and westbound traffic will share the two westbound lanes.

Work is expected to take up to three weeks. Work will take place during daytime hours and may be adjusted as needed. Access to the Odenton Shopping Center will be closed at the easternmost shopping center entrance/exit along Route 175. All other shopping center access points will remain open.

The $80,000 repair work is necessary to address drainage along MD 175 when a stormwater pipe fails, causing a sinkhole.

Memorial bricks honor veterans in Linthicum

As part of its 100-year celebration, the Linthicum Centennial Committee is selling bricks to be placed in front of the new Linthicum Veterans Memorial.

The memorial will be erected at the corner of Camp Meade and Maple roads. It will honor members of all branches of the armed forces.

Bricks can be engraved with the name, rank, and service branch of the person or persons being honored. Bricks may be purchased to honor those who are still living, those who are missing in action, or those who are deceased.

Neither honorees nor those who purchase bricks need be residents of Linthicum.

Memorial bricks cost $100. Order forms are available on the Linthicum Centennial Celebration web site, www.linthicum100.org, or by calling Brenda Schwaab at 410-859-1071.

Design services for the memorial have been donated by Notari and Associates.

Nominations being sought for annual heritage award

Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County is seeking nominations for its fifth annual heritage awards.

These awards recognize individuals, organizations, partnerships, programs and products that contribute significantly to the community by interpreting, promoting, and supporting the area's historical legacy. Awards are made in several categories.

This year, nominations for "green" or environmentally friendly heritage-related products are encouraged, as well as projects that use technology in heritage-related educational products and tours. Self-nominations are accepted.

The nominations deadline is Sept. 30.

For more information, visit www.fourriversheritage.org or call the Four Rivers office at 410-222-1805.

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