Firefighters schedule a mock disaster drill WEST COUNTY * Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills


County firefighters might be tying up traffic in Odenton this morning as they participate in a mock hazardous materials disaster at the Nevamar Corp. building in the 8300 block of Telegraph Road.

The drill was to begin at 8 a.m. with firefighters using water on the test site to simulate the spill of a hazardous material. Fire trucks, ambulances and other emergency vehicles will use the roads between Nevamar's site and North Arundel Hospital in Glen Burnie, where "victims" will be taken for treatment.

The roads will not be closed, however.

Employees at North Arundel Hospital will be participating and evaluating their procedures for receiving and treating victims. The Nevamar Corp. will also be testing its responses to in-house emergencies.

The exercise is sponsored by the Local Emergency Planning Committee.

18-year-old is charged in slashing incident

An 18-year-old man was charged with assault with intent to disable after he allegedly slashed another man on the hand during an argument in Meade Village early Monday, county police said yesterday.

The charges were filed against Frederick Eugene Hicks, who has no fixed address.

According to the police report, Mr. Hicks was arguing with Warnell Jerome Stevenson, 21, of the 2300 block of Westport Lane in Crofton, in the 1600 block of Meade Village Circle, about 4 a.m. Police said Mr. Stevenson was attacked during the argument.

The tires on Mr. Stevenson's car also were slashed, police said. Mr. Hicks was taken to Western District where he was also charged with destruction of property.


* Crofton: Burglars stole $6,000 from the Wine and Spirits store in the 2000 block of Davidsonville Road Sunday. Police said they were called to the store at 12:52 a.m. because the alarm was sounding. They then discovered an open door and the money was gone.

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