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Arundel school board sends budget to Leopold

The Anne Arundel County school board approved yesterday Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell's budgetary priorities for the next fiscal year, adopting the recommended $977.4 million operating budget and the $213.8 million capital budget. The schools budget will be forwarded to County Executive John R. Leopold, who has said it will be "nearly impossible" to fund in full because of expected revenue shortfalls. The County Council must approve a final budget by June.

Nicole Fuller

Balto. County police seek unregistered sex offender

Baltimore County police are looking for a 32-year-old convicted sex offender who failed to register with the state's Sex Offender Registry, police said. Jason Forbes, whose last known address was in the 700 block of Seawall Road in Essex, was convicted in 1999 of the second-degree rape of a child a year earlier in Baltimore County. Police said that Forbes might be with a female friend. Anyone with information is asked to call 410-307-2020.

Brent Jones

Ex-employee is charged in Harford firm vandalism

A disgruntled former employee is accused of using a backhoe to heavily damage three new dump trucks at a Harford County construction company early Tuesday, Maryland State Police said. Mark A. Snyder, 37, of Fallston was charged with three counts of malicious destruction and with trespassing, police said. He drove a backhoe across the parking lot at Crouse Construction Co. in Dublin, where he worked until October, and smashed into the Mack dump trucks, valued at $150,000 each, police said. The noise awakened neighbors about 3 a.m., and they provided police with a description of a pickup truck leaving the scene. Investigators matched auto body pieces at the scene to Snyder's pickup truck, police said. Police believe the pickup was struck accidentally as the dump trucks were damaged.

MARY GAIL HARE

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