Monday, November 19, 2012
Police report that Curtis Proctor, Jr. has been charged in connection with stealing and crashing a woman's car on Sunday night.
UPDATE (9:45 a.m.)—Police have charged a 26-year-old Annapolis man in connection with the theft and destruction of his companion's car on Sunday night. Police report that Curtis Proctor, Jr. took a woman's car on Sunday night after she fell asleep at his home. He lost control of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata on Westgate Circle near Spa Road around 7 p.m. Police said the car struck a curb, went airborne and landed on the trunk of a Lincoln Town Car pushing the Town Car into another vehicle and causing the Hyundai to flip. Firefighters rescued Proctor and took him to Anne Arundel Medical Center with minor injuries. Procter and the woman were in a relationship and had a child together. Police said that when the woman awoke at Proctor's home, she …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
A crew of Annapolis' first responders spent the day helping Staten Island residents clean out their homes in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Annapolis police and firefighters hauled more than 250 bags of winter clothes and blankets to Staten Island where they spent all Monday helping residents clean up from Hurricane Sandy. "It was something you had to see to believe," Detective Ben Keck said. "It was overwhelming when we got down into the residential areas and saw how much was left and how much hadn’t even been started." Lt. Caroll Spriggs, an Annapolis firefighter, and Kurt Beall, the owner of Heroes Pub hatched the idea for the trip a few weeks ago. Spriggs' family donated a coach bus and Beall provided the lunch. Staten Island was one of the hardest hit communities in New York City, and firefighters there suggested the location to Annapolis' first responders. Keck and 24 …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The departments will travel to Staten Island, NY, on Monday to work for the day and deliver coats and winter blankets.
Some Annapolis firefighters and police officers will travel to Staten Island, NY, on Monday to deliver goods and spend the day helping with the Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. "We're not exactly sure what we are going to be do doing quite yet," said Sgt. Beth Nelson, the coordinator for Annapolis police. "They have asked us to bring tools and generators and be ready to work." The idea for the trip came about during a lunchtime conversation between Lt. Caroll Spriggs, an Annapolis firefighter, and Kurt Beall, the owner of Heroes Pub. "I was asking Spriggs about donating some items. I thought maybe they would have a nonprofit or something that we could donate to," Beall said. "His family owns a bus company, and he said he wanted to get a …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Here's a quick look back at the biggest headlines of the week in Annapolis.
No. 1—PHOTOS: Hurricane Sandy Strikes Annapolis A look at how Hurricane Sandy affected Annapolis through pictures—including down trees and the flooding on City Dock. No. 2—Annapolis Firefighters Help With Hurricane Sandy Recovery Two Annapolis firefighters were sent to Garrett County Thursday to help recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Scott Keninitz and David Dushkin are members of an Urban Search and Rescue team, known as Maryland Taskforce 2. The team specializes in search and rescue operations, trench and collapse rescues and high-angle rescues. No. 3—Donation Fund Established for Man Killed On Job Residents of the Amberley community have established donation fund the family of the contractor who was killed while removing a tree from their …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
The Annapolis Fire Department recommends changing your smoke detector's batteries when you change your clock.
Those 7:30 a.m. commutes are about to get a little brighter. Daylight Saving Time officially ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday. Remember, you'll "fall back" by setting your clocks back one hour. Many electronic devices automatically adjust when Daylight Saving Time begins or ends. The Annapolis Fire Department suggested that residents also change the batteries in all of their smoke detectors when they change the time on their clocks. If city residents cannot afford a smoke detector, Annapolis's firefighters will provide and install one at no cost, according to a press release. Daylight Saving Time begins again on March 10, 2013. Fun Fact: Arizona, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa do not observe Daylight Saving Time.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Two Annapolis firefighters deployed to Garrett County to assist in its recovery efforts.
Two Annapolis firefighters were sent to Garrett County Thursday to help recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Scott Keninitz and David Dushkin left Annapolis at noon after the Maryland Emergency Management Agency requested assistance, according to an announcement. Sandy dumped 2 feet of snow and took out the power for more than 80 percent of Garrett County, according to The Baltimore Sun. The county's emergency responders have been overwhelmed, and The Sun reports their abilities to clear roads and help residents have been hindered by dozens of fallen trees. Keninitz and Dushkin are members of an Urban Search and Rescue team, known as Maryland Taskforce 2. The team specializes in search and rescue operations, trench and collapse rescues and high-…
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Annapolis firefighters responded to a second floor house fire on Cedar Park Road.
UPDATE: (Monday, 10:13 a.m.)—Annapolis firefighters responded to a fire in a single-family home in the Admiral Heights neighborhood around 5 p.m. on Sunday. A passerby noticed smoke coming from the second-floor window of a home in the 1700 block of Cedar Park Road, said Battalion Chief John Menassa. No one was home at the time of the fire, and Menassa said the owners were in the process of renovating it. Fire investigators from the Annapolis Fire and Explosives Services Unit determined the fire was accidental—started by items left too close to a heat source. Smoke spread throughout the second floor of the home and caused damages in excess of $10,000, Menassa said.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Former firefighters volunteer to support police and fire departments around the county with coffee, Gatorade and hot meals.
When a fire breaks out in Anne Arundel County, Bertha Saghy is ready. She breaks out her phone and alerts her team. They rush to the Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department in Glen Burnie, jump on the truck and go. "We're almost always stocked," Saghy said. "Sometimes the Jeep will have to stop and pickup hot dogs or buns." Saghy and her team are known as the Anne Arundel Alarmers, a volunteer canteen unit that provides food and refreshments for firefighters and police officers. The nonprofit started on a cold night in January 1958, according to its website. Al Brandt, George Lord and Harry Arrow noticed firefighters working on a fire at the A&P store on Crain Highway kept walking to area stores for hot coffee and a quick break. The men that …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
An Anne Arundel County Public Schools employee dialed 911 after a soda bottle aroused his or her suspicions.
Firefighters are responding to a report of a suspicious package at the Anne Arundel County Board of Education building at 2644 Riva Rd., said Annapolis Battalion Chief John Menassa. "An employee was leaving for the day and saw a soda bottle with a folded up piece of paper underneath of it," said Bob Mosier, spokesman for Anne Arundel County Public Schools. "As a precautionary measure we called 911 ... It's still unfolding at the moment." Patch will update this story as it develops. To get the news as soon as it breaks, follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter.
An Annapolis man faces charges of malicious burning and destruction of property for a car fire that burnt a 1994 Mazda Miata.
The Annapolis Fire Marshall has arrested a suspect in connection with a vehicle arson that took place in the 1000 block of Timber Creek Drive on Oct. 14. Joseph LaScola, of Annapolis, was charged with first- and second-degree malicious burning and destruction of property, according to a fire department press release. Firefighters responded to a report that a 1994 Mazda Miata was on fire around 8 p.m. on Sunday. The Fire and Explosive Services Unit determined that the vehicle—which was not in operation at the time—had been set on fire. The fire marshall's team investigated and obtained a search warrant for LaScola's home, which lead to his arrest. Battalion Chief John Menassa estimated the car's value between $2,500 and $3,000.