Ethics panel ends probe of delegate over...


Ethics panel ends probe of delegate over zoning talks

The Anne Arundel County Ethics Commission has wrapped up an investigation of Del. David G. Boschert after he agreed in writing that he would not lobby the County Council.

In an interview yesterday, Boschert denied that he ever lobbied council members. In an April 8 letter to the commission, he stated that he would "terminate any and all of the activities that the ethics commission has indicated are lobbying activities."

Betsy K. Dawson, executive director of the county's ethics commission, said yesterday that she had spoken with Boschert on the telephone about his contact with council members regarding a Severna Park zoning fight.

County code requires lobbyists register with the ethics commission.

Boschert, a Crownsville Republican who owns and manages a public relations and media consulting business, has never been a registered lobbyist. He has no plans to register now, he said.

School board decides to end year 4 days early

Thanks to a balmy winter, summer will come a little earlier for Anne Arundel County students and teachers, the school board decided last night.

The last day for students will be June 10, four days earlier than originally scheduled, and the last day for teachers, who had been scheduled to be in school until June 17, will be June 12.

This year, the school system used only one of its four emergency closing days, on Sept. 12. But the state Board of Education decided not to count that lost day against the school systems.

Two teens charged in probe of break-ins

Two Severna Park teen-agers have been charged with burglary by police who had been investigating a series of break-ins in the neighborhood, authorities said yesterday.

A 17-year-old boy, not identified because of his age, was charged as a juvenile last week with four burglaries in the Riverdale area in the past three months. Timothy J. Shelton, 19, was charged with one count of burglary and theft on Monday, police said.

Eastern District Detective Ed Stratton had been investigating the burglaries, in which cash was stolen from the houses, and identified the suspects by talking to sources in the neighborhood, police said.

No new candidates for Circuit Court vacancy

The county's Judicial Nominating Commission recommended yesterday no new candidates to fill the third of four vacancies on the Circuit Court, listing only the nine candidates it suggested to the governor for two earlier vacancies.

None of the 10 other applicants - five of whom applied only for this vacancy, which was created in January when Judge Clayton Greene Jr. was named to the Court of Special Appeals - were recommended for the openings.

The 10-judge court has three vacancies, and a fourth judge has told Gov. Parris N. Glendening that he will retire by the end of June. Glendening is expected to fill at least one, and maybe all, of the positions by then.

Seniors say goodbye to police liaison Hatcher

Anne Arundel County Police Chief P. Thomas Shanahan said goodbye yesterday to Officer Joe Hatcher, the department's liaison to the senior citizen community, who is leaving for a six-month Navy deployment.

The farewell for Hatcher at the O'Malley Senior Center in Odenton was an emotional event for seniors - many of whom have served in the military. Hatcher, a chief petty officer in the Naval Reserve, will be sent to Saudi Arabia.

Shanahan said the goodbye was important to the senior citizens community. "We also wanted to reassure them we're going to look after them while [Hatcher] is gone," Shanahan said, naming Officer Donald Clime as the temporary senior liaison.

Group honors county for financial reporting

For the second year in a row, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has awarded Anne Arundel County with a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting.

County Controller William R. Brown Jr. will receive a plaque from the group, which lauded the county for setting high standards in government management and for clearly communicating the government's financial picture, said Matt Diehl, a spokesman for County Executive Janet S. Owens.

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