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D.C. company low bidder on Main St. job


Annapolis is set to hire a Washington-based construction company to rebuild historic Main Street, putting into action a controversial project that divided the city last fall, a city official said yesterday.

Fort Myer Construction Corp. secured the job after bidding $3.9 million, the lowest offer submitted by five companies competing for the contract, said Emory Harrison, who will oversee work on the project.

Fort Myer, which has never done business with the city, won the contract over Allied Construction. Allied revamped State Circle and Frances Street and hoped to secure the Main Street project, Mr. Harrison said.

Roadwork is expected to begin by mid- or late March, he said. The final blueprint for Main Street, favored by historic preservationists, adds a new layer of bricks but leaves the streetscape largely unchanged.

Car is pulled over, wanted man arrested

A Calvert County man wanted for violation of probation was arrested Wednesday morning in Lothian after a patrolman stopped his car, county police said.

Officer Keith Hoffman was assisting at a traffic stop on Solomons Island Road near Jewell Road when he saw a 1983 Renault traveling south on Route 2 shortly after 1:30 a.m.

The car stopped on the shoulder for about two minutes, then continued along the shoulder, apparently until the driver noticed Officer Hoffman's parked patrol car.

The driver then pulled back onto the road but drifted across the solid yellow lines, police said.

Officer Hoffman stopped the car, ran a computer check on the driver and found that he was wanted for violating probation in a driving-while-intoxicated case.

Officer Hoffman arrested the man and also found a canister of PCP, police said.

David Allen Quade, 27, of the 12000 block of Vanoms Road in Dunkirk was charged with possession of PCP.

Firecracker in restroom brings injuries, charges

Two Central Middle School students were charged Wednesday afternoon with setting off a firecracker in a boys' restroom, county police said. Four other students were slightly injured, authorities said.

The incident occurred shortly before 2 p.m. at the school, in the 200 block of Central Ave. East in Edgewater. Three of the boys injured were sixth-graders. The other was a seventh-grader. They complained of ringing in the ears, minor cuts and hearing loss.

The boys who were charged are 13 and 14 years old, police said. They were charged with fireworks violations and reckless endangerment, then released to their parents, police said.

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