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Top 5 Stories: Hospital Fire, New Police Chief and Flood Zone Changes

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

No. 1—

Fire fighters evacuated the Anne Arundel Medical Center's maternity wing and the women’s surgical unit due to a fire that started in a third floor utility closet Monday night. No one was injured, but expectant mothers and their newborns were relocated throughout the hospital for several hours.

No. 2—Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Key School

Annapolis Roads residents had hoped an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge would stop from purchasing and developing the 's property. But Friday afternoon the judge threw out the plaintiff's lawsuit. The property is bound by a covenant signed by area homeowners and the former owners of the golf club that dictates how the property can be used. The judge said the residents have 90 days to refile a petition showing how the Key School violates those uses, and how that causes their community irreparable harm.

No. 3—

Annapolis residents living in what the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) deems the city flood zone may soon find themselves living adjacent to it and vice versa. It's important to know where your home sits before the new maps become effective Oct. 16 because insurance rates for flood zones are substantially higher. But if homeowners buy insurance before the map becomes effective, they can lock in lower rates. An informational meeting will be held from 2-8 p.m. Aug. 6 at the  at 273 Hilltop Ln.

No. 4—New Police Chief Named By County Executive

Anne Arundel County's former police chief Larry Tolliver is returning to his old job July 31. County Executive John Leopold announced Thursday that Tolliver—who was the police chief from 1997 to 1998—would be taking over when Chief James Teare retires Aug. 1. Teare announced his retirement earlier this month in a statement released from state prosecutor Emmet Davitt, who said the state was dropping an investigation into Teare in connection with the charges facing Leopold. 

No. 5—State Calls For Commentary on BGE Storm Performance

If you have an opinion about how Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) handled power restoration after the June 29 storm, the state of Maryland wants to here it. A public hearing will be held in the joint hearing room of the  at 90 State Circle at 7 p.m. on Aug. 13 by the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC)—the governing body for utility companies.

 

Extra Story—County Breaking News—

Less than a week after a gunman opened fire on a crowded theater in Aurora, CO, police in Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties say they thwarted a "terror attack" that threatened to bring similar violence closer to home.  that they had taken Neil Prescott, 28, of Crofton, into custody in connection with a mass shooting plot. Prescott was in the process of being fired, and police said he allegedly told a superior, "I'm the joker, and I'm going to load my guns and blow everyone up."

 

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