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Judge bars clearing of 12 lots on Back Bay Beach

Judge Lawrence H. Rushworth issued an injunction Friday barring a West River developer from clearing and grading 12 residential lots on Back Bay Beach until the Circuit Court determines if the project complies with state environmental laws.

The state Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Commission filed suit in March to overturn a grading permit issued to BMCN Joint Ventures by the Anne Arundel County Department of Inspections and Permits.

The commission is arguing that BMCN's plan to build 71 homes on 22 waterfront acres violates the state Critical Area law. The 1984 statute protects a 1,000-foot strip along the bay and its tributaries from environmentally damaging development.

No hearing date has been set.

Cyclist, 25, is killed in collision with car

A 25-year-old motorcyclist was killed late Friday night when he struck a car that was turning left onto Mayo Road in Edgewater.

James Michael Norris Sr., of Chester, was heading west on Central Avenue just after 11:30 p.m. when he collided with an eastbound car turning left onto Mayo Road. The car was being driven by a 16-year-old Churchton youth.

Woman tells police she was raped at hotel

A 19-year-old woman found by General Services Administration police outside the State House told city and county police she had been raped at an Annapolis hotel.

According to police, the woman was found shortly before 9 a.m. yesterday. She told police she had gotten drunk and ended up at the Econo Lodge with a man she identified as Al, who raped her.

The woman said she left the motel room with two women who had knocked on the door. She told them what had happened, and they took her to the Annapolis Terrace Motel, then to State Circle.

Jewelry is stolen in Annapolis robbery

An Annapolis jewelry store was robbed of an undetermined amount of jewelry early Thursday, county police said.

Police were called to Nicholas Jeweler, in Parole Plaza, after the store's burglar alarm went off shortly before 5 a.m.

They found several jewel cases smashed and jewelry stolen, with a pry bar and another smashed case on the floor.

Police have no suspects.

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