Army mulls move of prison camp to Fort Meade WEST COUNTY Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills


Army officials at Fort Meade are trying to decide if they're interested in playing host to a state prison boot camp.

The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services has suggested moving the camp of about 260 men from its complex in Jessup to a vacant barracks at Fort Meade. Because the barracks are available and because the move could apparently be done at little cost, the agency felt "it simply makes sense" to consider the possibility, said Leonard Sipes, the agency's spokesman. He emphasized that the idea is "in the discussion stage."

The Army is not making any commitments either way, said Fort Meade spokesman Don McClow.

"We're looking at the proposal," Mr. McClow said, adding that the post will have no "official response" to the state until the administration has studied all aspects of the plan and solicited public comment from people who live nearby.

The Herman L. Toulson Correctional Boot Camp is now part of an eight-prison complex. The men there have agreed to submit to a six-month military and educational program instead of serving sentences up to five years for a variety of non-violent offenses.

Mr. Sipes said the boot camp would fit into the setting of Fort Meade, and the inmates could learn some job skills by doing maintenance and repair work around the post.

Boy, 15, charged in Crofton break-ins

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with breaking into six Crofton area homes over the past six months, county police reported.

Investigators said someone spotted the boy at 12:20 p.m. Wednesday in the 1600 block of Bancroft Lane and called police. The boy was gone when officers arrived, but the witness gave police a description and they searched the area.

The boy was later found in the neighborhood and admitted to breaking into the homes, police said.

Investigators said they believe the boy also is responsible for stealing 40 cars in the Annapolis area. Police have charged him with several counts of auto theft, spokeswoman Officer Terry Robey said.

Severn man charged with drug possession

County police charged a Severn man with possession with intent to distribute marijuana after they searched his home Wednesday.

According to the police report, narcotics officers searched a home in the 800 block of Danza Road at 8:45 p.m., after receiving complaints of drug trafficking.

Charles Paul Danza, 37, who lives at that address, was arrested after police seized 22 grams of marijuana and assorted paraphernalia.


* Odenton:Someone broke the window of a 1992 Geo Storm parked in front of a house in the 500 block of Williamsburg Lane Tuesday.

* Odenton:An Odenton man told police that someone broke the window of his 1987 Plymouth Tuesday, which was parked in front of his house in the 600 block of Chapelview Drive.

* Crofton:A burglar stole a videocassette recorder Tuesday from a home in the 1400 block of Orleans Court in Crofton. Police said the thief broke in through the front door.

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