County news in the daily Washington Post, Sept. 8-Sept. 14

Sunday 11

Schools' Power Balance Tipped

When Eric J. Smith reached his third anniversary as superintendent of Anne Arundel schools, he seemed to be fulfilling his promise as a nationally recognized agent of academic change. Eight weeks later, Smith was sitting with the school board chairman and their respective attorneys, tendering his resignation.

The unraveling of Smith's superintendency illustrates how quickly a single event -- in this case, an unflattering audit -- can upset the balance of power between a visionary but aloof leader and the school board to which he reports.

Tuesday13

Shooting Suspect in Hospital

A Davidsonville man accused of opening fire on guests at a party Saturday at the Odenton Volunteer Fire Department hall was in critical condition from a gunshot wound and injuries suffered when he crashed his car into a utility pole, police said.

A 19-year-old Annapolis woman was in critical condition as well, police said, after she was hit by a passing vehicle as she ran from the party to escape the gunfire, and three other people suffered gunshot wounds. The suspect, Terrance C. Medley, 25, has been charged with three counts each of second-degree attempted murder and first- and second-degree assault, as well as reckless endangerment, possession of a deadly weapon and possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure.