Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Authorities responded to two reports of suspicious packages within 24 hours after the Boston Marathon bombing on Monday.
Within 24 hours after the Boston Marathon bombing, there were two reports of suspicious packages in Annapolis—one at a bridge in town on Monday night, and one at Mills-Parole Elementary School on Tuesday. Neither incident proved to be a serious threat, but local authorities have said they are taking all threats very seriously. Police department spokesperson Amy Miguez said there have been more calls for suspicious packages lately, and with first lady Michelle Obama visiting Annapolis Wednesday, officers are taking every precaution to ensure safety in the city. Police department Chief Michael Pristoop said his officers are closely monitoring information following the bombings in Boston, and are staying in touch with federal and state …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The school was dismissed on time and there was no threat to students, according to a schools spokeswoman.
UPDATE (5:30 p.m.)—A suspicious package was investigated in Annapolis for the second time in 24 hours. Personnel from Annapolis police and fire departments responded to Mills-Parole Elementary at about 3 p.m. Tuesday. Fire department spokesman Dale Thompson said an instrument case was found on the playground near dismissal time. Faculty notified authorities because they were concerned about what it may be, Thompson. The playground was cleared of students, and the department's bomb squad was brought in. The squad's remote-controlled robot X-rayed the case and determined that inside was only a musical instrument that belonged to a student at the school. The school was then able to dismiss on time, according to Anne Arundel County School …
A loud sound Monday night wasn't a bomb going off in Annapolis, but just the bomb squad doing their job.
Annapolis residents near College Creek Bridge Monday night may have heard a loud "boom." It was the sound of the fire department's robot inspecting a suspicious package that was ultimately deemed safe. The sound people heard was a burst of compressed air from a device used by a remote-controlled robot, employed by the department's bomb squad technicians. The device blasts through a package for safe inspection, according to Annapolis Fire Department spokesman Dale Thompson. "It gives off the sound of a shotgun going off," Thompson said. Rowe Boulevard was shut down to traffic in Annapolis at about 6 p.m. while the department was investigating the package. The robot allows bomb squad technicians to enter and inspect packages from a safe …
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.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Officials from the Maryland State Police and Annapolis fire department personnel said the white powder found inside a letter in an Annapolis building was baby powder.
Francis Street and portions of State Circle were closed to traffic briefly Wednesday afternoon as officials from the Maryland State Police and fire department personnel investigated a suspicious letter found in a mailroom in the Jeffrey Building on Francis Street. According to a press release from the Maryland State Police, the letter appeared to contain a small packet containing a powdery substance. “The fire department has cleared the package and determined the substance appears to be a baby powder," officials said in the release. "They have cleared the scene.” Officials from the State Police continue to investigate the situation, according to the release. Another suspicious package was found earlier this year in the building, which …
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Investigation of suspicious packages in Annapolis and Hanover is ongoing. Concern about package at U.S. Naval Academy was a false alarm.
"We certainly have indications that they are connected at this point," said Greg Shipley, spokesman for the Maryland State Police, at a press conference on Thursday afternoon in Annapolis. In a separate press conference, Maryland State Fire Marshal William E. Barnard addressed the media to clarify various reports. “There were no explosives in either package,” Barnard said. “There was an indication of some sort of an incendiary device … It was not a bomb.” The first incident occurred around 12:30 p.m. at the Jeffrey Building on Francis Street in downtown Annapolis. The building houses the mailroom for items sent to the governor. The suspicious book-sized package was addressed to Gov. Martin O’Malley, according to police. When the package …