Regional Recap, July 6, 2011

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Driver Accused Of Trying To Hit Officer, Fleeing. A man was arrested Sunday in Howard County after Anne Arundel County police said he tried to run an officer over with his vehicle and then took police on a chase.Anne Arundel County police said an officer was patrolling the area of Whiskey Bottom Road in Laurel around 8 p.m. when he recognized Anthony Danero Thomas, who is known to not have a valid driver’s license, driving around. Police said Thomas, 24, didn’t immediately pull over for the officer, but when he did, he accelerated toward the officer as he got out of his patrol car. The officer had to jump out of the way so he didn’t get hit.

Group Welcomes Home Soldiers At BWI.  It was a memorable Fourth of July for 238 service members who received a big homecoming at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.The troops from all branches of the military were greeted by family, friends and members of Operation Welcome Home Maryland.The volunteer-based group has welcomed home nearly 25,000 service members from all over the country this year.Since March 2007, Operation Welcome Home has greeted more than 500 flights and more than 100,000 service members at BWI.

Mosquitoes Thriving In MD This Summer. Maryland is experiencing an influx of mosquitoes this summer.Based on the numbers this spring, Maryland is on par to have one of the worst mosquito seasons on record, according to Mike Cantwell, program manager of the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s mosquito control division.”It’s the culmination of weather and other factors,” Cantwell said. “There was a high level of survivability within the population and weather conditions were just conducive to the hatch and development of mosquitoes.”

Volunteers Help To Turn Around Troubled Annapolis School. A troubled Anne Arundel County school is starting to improve thanks in part to hard work from staff and a small group of dedicated community volunteers.Bates Middle School in Annapolis remains on the list of Maryland public schools in need of improvement because of low student test scores. But this year, test scores are up, which means the school could be removed from the state’s “watch list.”Administrators give some of the credit to a popular summer bridge program that offers lessons on everything from Shakespeare to self-defense to help students brush up on the basics over the summer.

 

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