Former MVA worker convicted of forgery
A 33-year-old former Motor Vehicles Administration worker has been convicted of forging an automobile registration card and driving with a suspended license.
Theresa Karen Rice, of the 5400 block Relcrest Road in Baltimore, entered an Alford plea in the case before Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. in Anne Arundel Circuit Court yesterday. In an Alford plea, a defendant admits that the state has enough evidence for a conviction but does not admit guilt.
According to court records, Rice was charged March 2 with driving a car with a stolen registration sticker and a forged registration card. Investigators discovered that Ms. Rice had taken the registration card and sticker from the Glen Burnie MVA office where she worked.
She was terminated after this incident. Rice is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 30.
Edgewater man sues Hechinger Co.
An Edgewater man has filed suit against the Hechinger Co., alleging that negligence by the company and one of its employees caused a pile of lumber to fall off a fork lift and strike him.
The forklift, carrying a load of lumber, swerved suddenly and the load fell on Mr. Merical, the suit says. Mr. Merical sustained back injuries, the suit alleges.
Mr. Merical is suing the store and the employee, Brian D. Carter, of the 100 block of Phipps Lane in Annapolis, for $300,000.
Riva Road Bridge closing for repairs
The Riva Road Bridge, which carries traffic over the South River, will close two hours earlier on Monday nights until renovations are completed.
Starting Monday, the bridge will be closed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., instead of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
The county Department of Public Works said the earlier Monday evening closure will continue through late fall.
Commuters who normally use Riva Road should use the Route 2 bridge after 8 p.m. on Mondays.
Pumphrey Day fete canceled by rain
Rain forced the cancellation of Saturday's planned celebration of Pumphrey Day in Brooklyn Park.
The daylong party, which will include a parade down Belle Grove Road, from Bingo World to the Keaser Community Center, has been rescheduled for Saturday.
The parade begins at 10 a.m. Amusements, ballgames, crafts and displays are planned.