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Top 5: Drug Bust, House Fire, and a Buy Local Challenge

Here's a quick look back at the biggest headlines of the week.

Annapolis Police simultaneously raided two houses Wednesday afternoon and found heroin, marijuana, stolen handguns and thousands of dollars in cash. Two Annapolis men were also arrested. Cortez Marshall, 19, was arrested at a home in the 100 block of West Washington Street, and Robert Vonzell Taylor, 44, was arrested in a home in the unit block of Pleasant Street.

A house fire in the 1600 block of Coventry Place in Annapolis closed surrounding streets for about two hours Wednesday evening while dozens of firefighters worked to put out the flames. The fire originated in the homeowner's basement after lightning struck a steel gas pipe and caused approximately $250,000 worth of damage, fire department officials said.

Officials with Annapolis' Office of Emergency Preparedness and Risk Management (OEM) said it would like a map that shows Annapolis' power outages exclusively rather than lumping it in with Anne Arundel County. Director Kevin Simmons has decided to ask Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. (BGE) to create one. At a public safety committee meeting Monday night he said it's key to advancing the city's emergency management services.

Those advertising papers tossed on Annapolis driveways will likely continue to come. The public safety committee voted Monday night to recommend a memorandum of understanding be reached with area publishers like The Baltimore Sun and The Capital rather than passing a proposed ordinance severely restricting how they could be delivered. Spokesmen for the newspapers said the ordinance was so restrictive it would effectively stop delivery of the advertisements.

Governor Hosts Maryland's Buy Local Cookout in Annapolis

The fifth annual Buy Local Cookout at the Government House in Annapolis kicked off a "Buy Local Challenge Week." It runs from July 21 to 29, and asks people to eat at least one meal a day that uses ingredients that were produced in Maryland. The cookout itself featured 16 teams of Maryland chefs and farmers who created all the food and drinks. 

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