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Trial balloons to be floated in landfill test

Anne Arundel County will float seven orange and seven red balloons at 8 a.m today to determine if a planned trash disposal area at Millersville Landfill will be visible from surrounding neighborhoods.

If and when it is completed later this decade, the new disposal area could rise 245 feet above sea level, a Department of Utilities spokeswoman said.

The balloons, which are 5 feet in diameter, will be filled with helium from a 250-pound tank in the back of a pickup truck. All the balloons are expected to be in place by 3 p.m.

Crews will start removing the balloons Monday.

Photographs will be taken from seven locations around the landfill from a distance of 800 feet to one-half mile away. Residents who can see the balloons from their homes are encouraged to photograph them, note the location and bring the photographs to the June 1 meeting of the Millersville Landfill Citizens Advisory Group.

The group is to meet at 7 p.m. at the Western District Police Station.

Information: Jody Vollmar at 222-7586.

6 Arundel High students arrested in drug probe

County police arrested six students at Arundel Senior High School yesterday, culminating a monthlong undercover drug investigation in which detectives posed as students.

The operation, which began in February, also led to six arrests at Annapolis Senior High School last month. Police said the cases are isolated.

Undercover narcotics officers gained the trust of students, enabling the officers to purchase marijuana, investigators said. The total amount of marijuana was 16.5 grams.

Arrested at Arundel were two seniors, two juniors and two sophomores.

The names of four of the students were not released because they are juveniles.

Arthur Leon Watkins, 18, of the 1300 block of Chapelview Drive in Odenton and Jene Conway, 19, of the 1300 block of Galloway Road in Odenton were charged with possession of drugs, possession of drugs on school property and distribution of marijuana.

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