Council calms business ire on Dumpster fees
In Sykesville, officials want to "communicate in a compassionate manner" with town businesses on the subject of trash, said Councilman Jonathan Herman.
"Let's send a letter to the Sykesville Business Association explaining the facts about Dumpster fees," he said.
Several businesses had written their objections to the fees, which had increased 119 percent in response to an increase in the county tipping fees.
"We gave them a breakdown of the fees and told them we were the cheapest guy in town," said Town Manager Jim Schumacher.
"Most then paid a year's fees up front."
Some owners feel the fees are an unfair burden on businesses and that their town tax dollars should pay for trash hauling, he said.
"We have the cheapest fee of any town in this state," said Mayor Lloyd Helt.
"We make no profit. We don't charge commercial rates. All the businesses pay are Dumpster and tipping fees."
Bruce Greenberg, manager of a Main Street business, said he didn't know a commercial trash hauler would cost him more per week.
"I think if other businesses know the town makes no profit, they will appreciate what the council has done," said Mr. Greenberg.
Man arrested, charged with choking patient
A 21-year-old Germantown man is being held on $100,000 bail for allegedly choking a patient last week at Springfield State Hospital with intent to murder her.
Officer James W. Amos, of the hospital's security staff, reported that Charles Okun Bassey, of the 1800 block of Martins Landing Drive, told him he was "trying to kill" the patient in the early-morning attack.
A nurse at the institution told police she saw Mr. Bassey grab the woman by the arm and pull her to the men's bathroom with both hands around the victim's neck. When the nurse ran toward Mr. Bassey, he released her and the victim fell backward, striking her head on the floor.
Police said the woman had bruises and scratches on her neck.
An additional charge of assault and battery was also placed against Mr. Bassey.
* Oakland Hills: The Sykesville, Gamber and Liberty Road fire companies responded to a house on Oakland Road near Liberty Reservoir at 2:40 p.m. Monday to extinguish a stove fire.
* Sykesville: The West Friendship fire company joined the Sykesville company in the investigation of a fire alarm at a building on Main Street at 4:57 p.m. Monday.
In another Sykesville incident, a report of smoke in a building brought firefighters from Sykesville, Gamber, Winfield, Liberty Road and Randallstown to investigate the call Tuesday at 12:27 p.m.