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DNR police continue search for swimmer in bay off Love Point

Maryland Natural Resources police continued their search yesterday for a Laurel man who is presumed to have drowned Monday evening while swimming near Love Point.

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Felipe DeJesus Azanon, 51, of the 14300 block of Bowsprit Lane and five others were heading back from Kent Narrows when their boat broke down, said Heather Lynch, a spokeswoman for the Department of Natural Resources.

While waiting for the tow boat, Azanon jumped in and swam about 20 feet from the boat in water that was about 20 feet deep, Lynch said.

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He showed signs of distress, but his friends initially thought he was kidding, she said.

Two other men jumped in to save him, but he had disappeared beneath the water.

The U.S. Coast Guard, Queenstown Volunteer Fire Department and other local fire departments have been assisting Natural Resources police in the search, which was expected to resume today.

Council OKs extra time to study development bill

Anne Arundel County Council members voted 6-1 late Monday to take more time to study legislation that could change the way the Board of Education counts school capacity.

The bill, proposed by Planning Officer Joseph W. Rutter Jr., will next be discussed at a Sept. 15 meeting. At the meeting Monday, council members said they wanted to work with Rutter to iron out some areas of disagreement, including a proposed change to the county code that would establish a waiting list for developers who want to build near crowded schools. Under the bill, at the end of six years, developers would be allowed to proceed with their projects whether there were school seats or not.

Councilman Bill D. Burlison, a Crofton Democrat, voted against the delay.

At the meeting, the council also approved amendments to the Odenton Small Area plan and a bill that would allow watermen to operate businesses out of their homes. Legislation to revise the county's public ethics law was also amended. The bills will be up for a final vote at a Sept. 2 meeting.

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Dillon's Bus Service offers free rides on old Route 210

Dillon's Bus Service, a private company in Millersville, is offering free rides on its Kent Island-Baltimore line via Anne Arundel County through Friday.

The company began running buses on much of the line, formerly known as Route 210, after the Maryland Transit Administration eliminated the route in June, noting low ridership and budgetary constraints.

The new bus line stops in Arnold, Severna Park and Pasadena. Unlike the MTA bus route, the new line does not include a stop in Annapolis.

After this week's promotion, the fares will return to $5 one way between Kent Island and Baltimore, and $45 for a 10-trip ticket. The fare is $4.25 one way between Kent Island and any Anne Arundel destination.

Schedule information: 800-827-3490. The company's Web site is at www.dillonbus. com.

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Smith among D.C. panelists to discuss teacher quality

Anne Arundel County schools Superintendent Eric J. Smith will join a select group of schools superintendents from across the country in a panel discussion on teacher quality Nov. 13 to 16 in Washington.

The Professional Teaching Standards National Conference is sponsoring the discussion, "Answering the Tough Questions: Equity, Teaching Quality and Achievement Gap in the Era of No Child Left Behind."

Organizers say their aim is to promote an educational climate that will lead to increased student learning.

"We have been certifying teachers for 15 years, and hope to continue giving teachers vigorous training to be more productive in the classroom," said Pat Wheeler, director of the communications department for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Truxtun Park Pool changes its hours of operation

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The Truxtun Park Pool in Annapolis is changing its hours because of the opening of Anne Arundel County public schools.

The new schedule is: Today and tomorrow, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, closed; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday to Aug. 29, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekend hours of 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. will not be affected.

Questions can be directed to the pool manager, Ken Dunn, at 410-263-7928; or to Annapolis Recreation and Parks Director LeeAnn Plumer at 410-263-7958.

Man held without bail in Arundel kidnapping

A Halethorpe man is charged with kidnapping and first-degree assault in Anne Arundel County, after his arrest during the weekend in Washington County.

Edward Lee Schildtknecht, 43, of the 1000 block of Stormont Circle in Halethorpe is being held without bail at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on Jennifer Road.

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County police responded to a call Saturday morning about a domestic dispute behind Cycle World, a dealership in the 5800 block of Ritchie Highway in Brooklyn Park.

Witnesses told police that a man used a baseball bat to break the window of a vehicle and force a woman out of the vehicle and into his van.

Police said the woman, Dawn Morris of Baltimore, whom they described as Schildtknecht's girlfriend, was stabbed several times and dropped off at St. Agnes HealthCare in Baltimore. A hospital spokeswoman said yesterday that Morris had been discharged.


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