Armenian relief flights still leaving from BWI
Although the devastating Armenian earthquake hit the former Soviet Union a little more than four years ago, relief flights are still taking off from Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
The latest, the eighth since the United Armenian Fund decided in July to fly exclusively out of BWI, left Feb. 12. Altogether, 50 relief flights have gone to the embattled state from various airports over the past several years.
Even though the earthquake that killed more than 25,000 people and left a half-million homeless occurred in December 1988, a civil war and the breakup of the Soviet Union have created a new need for aid.
"The country is in a crisis," said Harut Sassounian, executive director of the Los Angeles-based United Armenian Fund.
Mr. Sassounian said the wars in the neighboring ex-Soviet states and unhelpful governments in Turkey and Iran had cut off supply routes and created another 300,000 refugees.
So far, more than 74,000 pounds of medicines, medical supplies and care packages for orphans and refugees, worth an estimated $1.4 million, have left BWI for the Armenian city of Yerevan. Since 1985, more than $35 million in aid has been flown over.
Drugs found in truck; 2 men face charges
County police charged two men with possession of drugs after cocaine and marijuana were found in a truck in Brooklyn Park Sunday.
According to a police report, an officer on patrol in the 100 block of Hammerly Road saw the men at midnight as they were trying to repair a broken-down truck. As the officer talked to the men, he saw a plastic bag filled with marijuana on the driver's side floor board.
Police also found an identification card belonging to one of the men covered with a white powdery substance, plus a dollar bill rolled into the shape of a cylinder next to a pile of white powder.
Pete George, 27, of the 5200 block of Kramme Ave. in Brooklyn Park, and Michael John Joseph, of the 1600 block of Woodtree Court in Annapolis, were taken to Northern District to be charged.
Light rail spokeswoman to appear in Linthicum
The North Linthicum Improvement Association will conduct its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Overlook Elementary School, 401 Hampton Road.
Beth Robinson, a spokeswoman for the light rail system, will speak on its arrival in the Linthicum area. Rail service between Linthicum and Oriole Park at Camden Yards is scheduled to begin Opening Day, April 5.
For information, call 789-1588.
* Brooklyn Park: Someone smashed the window of a 1980 Oldsmobile parked in the 200 block of Elizabeth Ave. Friday night and took a license plate that was on the --board.
* Brooklyn Park: Sometime between Wednesday and Friday, thieves broke into a 1985 Chevrolet Z28 parked in the 200 block of W. Arden Road and took papers, sunglasses and other property valued at $42.
* Linthicum: Thieves broke into a 1987 Pontiac parked in the Hampton Inn on Elkridge Landing Road between Thursday and Sunday and took $5 in change.