Chesapeake High, Chesapeake Middle and Bodkin Elementary schools were scheduled to reopen today now that water pressure in the system that serves the three buildings has returned to normal, an Anne Arundel County school spokeswoman said.
The schools were closed yesterday after a maintenance worker at the school discovered the lack of pressure, said Nancy Jane Adams, the spokeswoman. The decision to close schools was made by 5:45 a.m., but school buses were already en route to pick up senior high school students.
"The staff reacted quickly, but the timing of the decision meant we had to put notices out on the radio," Ms. Adams said. "It's a good time to remind parents that it's important to have backup plans."
She said that five fire hydrants were opened and drained in a short period of time, depleting the supply of water in a reservoir that serves the three schools. Ms. Adams did not know how many gallons of water the reservoir contained.
"But as of the afternoon there was sufficient water pressure, so that they'll be able to flush toilets and wash hands and open school again," she said.
Man, 3 teens charged with drug possession
A Riviera Beach man and three teen-agers were charged with possession of marijuana after officers searched a house where they said the group gathered to smoke the drug during and after school hours.
David Allen Pemberton, 35, who lives in the house in the 8500 block of Jenkins Ave., and the teen-agers also were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.
Narcotics officers at the Eastern District station searched the house at 8:30 p.m. Friday. They had obtained a warrant after receiving tips that the teen-agers were gathering at the house during the day.
Baltimore man robbed on Mountain Road
A Baltimore man was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money Friday by three men who stopped him on Mountain Road near Solley Road, county police reported.
Alvin James Johnson, 22, of the 100 block of S. Twin Circle Court, was walking on Mountain Road at 5:04 p.m. when three men in a blue Chevrolet stopped on the side of the road and demanded his money. They grabbed him and took his money from his pockets before getting back in the car and driving away.