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Congressman visits industrial sites

Republican U.S. Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest got a glimpse of industrial life in northern Anne Arundel County and South Baltimore yesterday morning.

Local activists led Mr. Gilchrest, an Eastern Shore resident whose district includes much of central and northern Anne Arundel County, on a tour of industrial sites and landfills along the city-county border.

Mary Rosso, a Silver Sands resident, said she wanted to make the congressman aware of the dense concentration of smokestacks, dumps and eyesores within a three-mile radius.

Mr. Gilchrest was shown Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s Brandon Shores power plant, its fly-ash landfill off Solley Road, Browning-Ferris Industries' Solley Road landfill, the SCM Hawkins Point Plant landfill, the Medical Waste Associates Medical Waste Incinerator and Baltimore City's Quarantine Road landfill.

After the tour, Mr. Gilchrest said he planned to contact each of the businesses within the next two weeks to get their perspective on the problem.

He is particularly concerned, he said, by a rubble landfill along the Patapsco River that appears to straddle the city and Baltimore and Anne Arundel county lines.

The weight of debris dumped at the Patapsco Avenue facility forced city officials to close a bridge, whose supports had been pushed out of place.

Residents also complained about mud tracked into the roads and other safety problems.

Robbery attempt made on two men

Two Brooklyn Park men reported to police that three men tried to rob them at gunpoint early Saturday morning.

According to the police report, James Charles Forbes, 26, of the 100 block of Warwickshire Road, and Charles O. Tate, 20, of the same address, were outside their home at 2:30 a.m., when three men, two armed with handguns, walked up to them and demanded money.

Mr. Forbes ran, and the robbers hit Mr. Tate several times with the butt of a handgun before he could escape.

The robbers did not get any money, the police report said.

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