Tuesday, May 21, 2013
It took about 40 minutes to remove two victims from the vehicle.
The Baltimore-Washington Parkway was closed in the southbound direction Tuesday morning due to a crash near MD Route 198 (Fort Meade Road). Division Chief Keith Swindle, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, said crews responded at about 6:15 a.m. to find a car that had overturned on an embankment. Two people were trapped in the vehicle, and it took about 40 minutes to extricate them. The fire department transported a man, approximately 49 years old, to the Shock Trauma center in Baltimore with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Authorities also transported a woman, approximately 22 years old, to Baltimore Washington Medical Center with minor injuriess. Two other people involved in the accident refused …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Investigators are working to identify a suspect.
Authorities say a woman was robbed at knifepoint Wednesday afternoon in Maryland City. According to Anne Arundel County Police, officers responded to the 200 block of Easton South around 3:20 p.m. on a report of a robbery. When they arrived, a 33-year-old woman at the scene told police she had been pushing a shopping cart down the road when an unknown man approached her and "engaged her in casual conversation." Suddenly, she said, the man pulled out a knife, demanded her purse, forced it off of her arm, and fled the area. Officers canvassed the vicinity but were uable to locate the suspect, police said. He's described as a 5'9" man in his 30s who was wearing a white T-shirt and tan shorts at the time. The woman was unharmed in the incident.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The blaze reportedly began around 1:30 p.m.
Firefighters from Anne Arundel County and surrounding jurisdictions battled a large brush fire Wednesday afternoon in the Laurel/Maryland City/Russett area. WBAL reports that the fire started around 1:30 p.m. in the 8200 block of Water Lily Way, which is adjacent to the woods of the Oxbow Lake Nature Preserve. According to WJLA, the blaze was sparked at Bacontown Park beforing spreading to the neighboring woods. The fire was eventually contained to seven to ten acres before being fully extinguished. NBC4's Mark Seagraves tweeted this image of firefighters battling the blaze, while photographer Samuel Davis took this shot of a BWI Airport Fire Department Truck on the scene. Units from Howard County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Talbot …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Investigators believe the blaze may have been sparked by a discarded cigarette.
A fire that broke out Monday afternoon at a Maryland City Popeyes caused an estimated $50,000 of damage, Anne Arundel County officials said. According to AAFD spokesman Keith Swindle, firefighters responded to a report of flames at the restarurant (3388 Laurel-Ft. Meade Rd.) around 1 p.m. When units arrived, they found smoke pouring from the building. It took about half an hour for 26 firefighters from Fort Meade and Anne Arundel, Howard, and Prince George’s counties to bring the blaze under control, Swindle said in a statement. Investigators believe the fire was likely begun by "discarded smoking material" in a bed of mulch next to the building, Swindle added. No injuries were reported in the incident. Popeyes will remain closed for an "…
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The cause of death is still unknown, police said.
Authorities say human remains were discovered Sunday in the woods near Spring Road and Whiskey Bottom Road in Maryland City. According to Anne Arundel County Police, a man contacted police around noon to report that he and his girlfriend had found what appeared to be a human skull while birdwatching. Emergency personnel responded to the scene, and the remains were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore. Police said the medical examiner has confirmed that the remains are human, but the cause of death is still undetermined. Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Detective Jack Hartzell of the Criminal Investigation Division at 410-222-3460.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Median incomes range from $50,798 a year to $158,750.
The highest median income levels in the Laurel area are more than three times greater than the lowest, according to census tract data presented by the website Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks. Using figures from the American Community Survey, the site displays income and rent levels for the approximately 74,000 census tracts across the country. The Laurel area—the City of Laurel, South Laurel, West Laurel, North Laurel, and Maryland City—is contained by 22 such tracts. The highest median household income in the area—$158,750 a year—is that of 6068.05, one of five tracts comprising North Laurel. Roughly speaking, 6068.05 covers the area between Columbia Pike/U.S. Route 29 and I-95 north of Rocky Gorge Reservoir. At the last census, it was home to 4…
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Median rents nearby range from $857 a month to $1,620.
Curious how your rent compares to others in the Laurel area? The website Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks makes it easy to find out. Using data from the American Community Survey, the site displays median rent and income figures by census tract. The Laurel area—the City of Laurel, South Laurel, West Laurel, North Laurel, and Maryland City—is contained by 22 different tracts. The highest median monthly rent in the area—$1,620—can be found in tract 7405, which includes Russett and part of Maryland City. The lowest—$857—is in tract 8002.03, which covers West Laurel. (Note that the figures do not include owner-occupied homes.) The statewide middle range for Maryland—defined as the middle 20 percent of census tracts—runs from $877 to $1,072. Most …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Anne Arundel County Police are confirm that a homeless person was found dead in Maryland City.
The body of an African American woman was found in the water in Maryland City. Lt. T.J. Smith, an Anne Arundel Count Police spokesman, said the body was found in a wooded area off Route 198 and Laurel Racetrack Road Thursday morning. Police received a 911 call around 11:30 a.m. for a body floating in the water. Fire officials were already on the scene, Smith reported, and found the woman dead from an apparent drowning. The body was found prior to officials releasing water from Patuxent River dams. Police believe the woman is homeless because she was found in a low-lying wooded area known as a "tent city" or where homeless people set up encampments for overnight stays, Smith added. A witness told police that they told the woman to leave the…
Firefighters rescued at least three drivers at intersections in Maryland City and Glen Burnie.
The Anne Arundel County Fire Department is warning of road closures as a result of flooding from Wednesday's heavy rains, and said it has rescued at least three stranded drivers. Division Chief Keith Swindle, a spokesman for the department, said firefighters responded twice Thursday morning to reports of stranded cars at the intersection of Whiskey Bottom Road and Brock Bridge Road in Maryland City. The first call came at 2:30 a.m. and a second came at 7 a.m. In both instances, crews rescued one driver and there were no reports of injuries. Swindle also said the department rescued a driver at about 7 a.m. at the intersection of Hammonds Ferry Road and Interstate 695. Those intersections remained closed as of Thursday morning, and Swindle…
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Among the recipients: Maryland City and Brock Bridge elementary schools, which were given $1,000 shares.
Local healthcare provider Patient First recently donated $1,000 each to eight county elementary schools, two in each community that it serves. Schools that received the $1,000 donation are: According to a release from the school system, the schools will use the funds to expand book collections, enhance STEM offerings, or increase technological resources. “We are grateful to be able to support our community in this way,” said David Clark, community representative for Patient First. “Sustaining our schools is essential to ensuring a better quality of community life.” The company's donation goes to two schools near each of its centers of operation in Glen Burnie, Laurel, Odenton and Pasadena. Patient First has also offered to help schools …