Firm fined for illegal dumping
A Baltimore firm has been fined $25,000 for illegally transporting hazardous wastes that were dumped in the Bohemian National Cemetery in Armistead Gardens.
Pinnacle Industries Inc. of 2260 Cecil Ave. had pleaded guilty in ,, Baltimore Circuit Court in February to one charge of transporting ignitable wastes without a manifest. Judge John Prevas imposed the maximum fine for the offense.
The case stems from the discovery in December 1990 of three 55-gallon drums and 116 assorted 5- and 1-gallon containers of various solvents in a wooded area at the East Baltimore cemetery.
According to a statement presented in court by Bernard A. Penner, an assistant attorney general, Pinnacle paid its facilities manager, Timothy Bradford of Cross Junction, Va., $1,462 to dispose of the materials. Mr. Bradford, who also was the cemetery's groundskeeper, was sentenced last month to 30 days in jail and fined $1,000.
The state's top health official vowed yesterday to find the money for an anti-smoking media campaign this year, despite attempts by legislators and the tobacco industry to restrict spending on the project.
"We will look through other appropriations throughout the health department to see where we can squeeze some money out and move that money into the cancer fund," said Secretary Nelson J. Sabatini.
The state had planned to launch a $3 million, three-year media blitz against smoking and other behaviors that cause cancer. Gov. William Donald Schaefer made fighting cancer a top priority, since Maryland has the nation's worst cancer rate.
In the General Assembly's waning days, budget negotiators approved an amendment that essentially shifted money from cancer prevention to treatment of patients with the disease.
They restricted to $250,000 the amount of money the anti-cancer campaign could spend on media, advertising and public relations, a decision applauded by tobacco industry lobbyists.
Sabatini is trying find another $750,000 elsewhere in his budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. That would provide $1 million for the first year of the media blitz. He said he did not
know how he would pay for the other two years.
The Board of Public Works approved yesterday the sale of $12million in general obligation bonds with an interest rate of 5.800114 percent to a syndicate of businesses led by Merrill Lynch & Co. It was the lowest rate in 14 years.
Over $15 million in school construction and $14.7 million in water quality projects will be done with the proceeds.
The county commissioners have signed a five-year contract with Phoenix Recycling Inc. of Finksburg to serve as the county's recycling facility. The $258,000-a-year contract will vary according to tonnage collected from businesses and residents. Company officials said they expect to collect 12,000 tons during the fiscal year beginning July 1.
If you've wanted to brush up on your knowledge of herpetology, Otter Point Creek, a Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve near Abingdon, is the place for you.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, the county's Izaak Walton League is seeking volunteers for the "Great Herp Search" to find out how many lizards, turtles, snakes, frogs and salamanders inhabit its 263-acre Melvin G. Bosely Wildlife Conservancy along the creek. Information: 569-0670.
A 16-year-old Capitol Heights youth pleaded guilty yesterday to raping a woman at a Columbia park while he was on a group outing with a state juvenile offenders program.
Antonio Lee Perry, who had faced three other sexual assault charges since age 12, was undergoing court-ordered therapy at the Thomas O'Farrell Center in Marriottsville when he raped a jogger at Centennial Park in April 1991.
Perry, charged as an adult with first-degree rape, pleaded guilty to second-degree rape. As part of the plea agreement, the state will seek a 15-year prison sentence July 7 before Howard County Circuit Court Judge James B. Dudley. Second-degree rape carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.
Howard County school officials were expected to propose a new policy to the school board today for disciplining students involved in hate-bias incidents.
The proposed "Educational and Personal Rights" policy makes it a violation for students to harass, use profanity, threaten or intimidate others on the basis of race, color, creed, religion or sexual orientation, among other criteria.
Vandals defaced four schools and businesses with racial epithets in the county last weekend, and a 48-year-old black man in Columbia told police he had received anonymous harassing and racist phone calls.
Police have recorded more than 25 hate incidents this year.
U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr today was to address about 400 members of the National Troopers Coalition at their spring meeting at the BWI-Holiday Inn.
During the three-day meeting, the coalition will rally behind the Crime Control Act of 1992, which is now being considered by Congress, said Capt. Johnny L. Hughes of the State Police.
If enacted, the measure would "secure victims rights" and "eliminate some of the loopholes that have allowed some criminals to go free" or to be paroled without serving a reasonable amount of time behind bars, Captain Hughes said.
Baltimore County Circuit Judge John G. Turnbull II convicted Paul A. Hundt yesterday of conspiracy to distribute cocaine as a member of a drug ring that prosecutors say was operated out of a Parkville restaurant.
Judge Turnbull scheduled sentencing for Hundt, 32, of the 3600 block of Longridge Court, July 23.
The judge granted Kimberly M. Reese, 28, probation before judgment on a charge of conspiracy to possess cocaine for her role in the drug ring. She was placed on 18 months of probation.
The two were among 16 people indicted on charges linked to roles in the drug ring that police say was operated out of the Valley View Inn restaurant.
Roland Mazzone, 33, of Perry Hall, a former manager of the Valley View Inn, Roland Mazzone, 33, of Perry Hall, is to be tried Monday on cocaine distribution and other drug charges.
The Carroll County commissioners signed a five-year contract Monday with Phoenix Recycling Inc. The Finksburg company will serve as the county's recycling facility.
The $258,000-a-year contract will vary according to tonnage collected each year from businesses and residents. Company officials said they expect to collect 12,000 tons during the next fiscal year, beginning July 1.
Within a week, the commissioners are expected to approve a countywide recycling program, slated to begin July 1.
If you always wanted to brush up on your knowledge of herpetology then Otter Point Creek, a Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve near Abingdon, is the place for you.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, the county's Izaak Walton League is seeking volunteers to help with the "Great Herp Search" to find out how many lizards, turtles, snakes, frogs and salamanders inhabit its 263-acre Melvin G. Bosely Wildlife Conservancy along the creek.
Volunteers should meet Saturday at the conservancy's parking lot off Perry Avenue for a training session before embarking on the search. For more, call 569-0670.
Howard County school officials today are expected to propose to the school board for its approval a new policy to
discipline students who are involved in hate-bias incidents on school grounds.
The proposed "Educational and Personal Rights" policy makes it a violation for students to harass, use profanity, threaten or LTC intimidate others on the basis of race, color, creed, religion or sexual orientation, among other criteria.
The proposal comes at a time when the school system itself is under investigation by the Maryland Commission on Human Relations for possible mishandling of past racial incidents.
The proposal also comes in the wake of 38 incidents in which graffiti that included racial epithets were scrawled on school property as of the end of April, said school system spokeswoman Patti Caplan.
Over the weekend in Howard, vandals defaced four schools and businesses with racial epithets and a 48-year-old black male in Columbia reported to police that he had received anonymous harassing and racist phone calls.
Police do not know if the incidents are related.
The incidents are the most recent to occur in a county whose reputation for racial harmony has been tarnished by a string of such events recently.
Since the beginning of this year, police have recorded more than 25 hate incidents. There were 53 racial, religious and ethnic incidents reported last year.
The Board of Public Works approved yesterday the sale of $120 million in general obligation bonds with an interest rate of 5.800114 percent, the lowest rate in 14 years.
The winning bid came from a syndicate of businesses led by Merrill Lynch & Co.
The bonds were rated "Triple A," the highest possible rating, by three major bond-rating agencies. The bond rating and the low interest rate enable the state to pay the lowest possible cost of borrowing money, which results in a savings for taxpayers.
Proceeds from the sale will be used to pay for various loan authorizations, including $15 million for public school construction and $14.7 million for water quality projects.