WEST COUNTY -- Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills


Homes to get water hookups

The County Council has endorsed efforts by homeowners near the Millersville Landfill to get hooked up to the county water supply, instead of relying on wells that they believe were contaminated by the dump.

In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the seven-member council approved a nonbinding resolution sponsored by chairman David Boschert, D-Crownsville, who represents the area.

The affected homes sit along Dicus Mill Road, Gambrills Road and Burns Crossing Road.

The communities now are in the "no service area," explained Mary Baldridge, Mr. Boschert's aide. "All this bill does is move them up in the planning. Right now, they can't even apply" for water connection.

A $130 million class-action lawsuit filed by residents who accused county officials of mishandling the landfill and asked a judge to close it was dismissed in July 1992.

Residents and environmentalists have complained the county has chronically violated state environmental laws, including the landfill's operating-permit and erosion-control laws.

The landfill has come under increased scrutiny since nearby residents learned three months ago about plans to extend its life by 25 years.

The residents also are upset that the county found toxic chemicals beneath the landfill in 1985, but didn't notify them.

Teens arrested on drug charges

Two teen-agers were arrested on drug charges Monday morning after the car they were riding in was stopped for speeding in Laurel, county police said yesterday.

After pulling over a 1985 Honda Prelude for allegedly going 62 mph in a 40 mph zone, the officer said he saw several green shotgun shells on the floor near the driver's seat.

Police said the occupants gave the officer false names and several did not have identification. Police arrested the driver and the front-seat passenger after finding a plastic bag containing suspected crack cocaine.

A police report says the substance tested positive for cocaine and weighed 8.5 grams, giving it a street value of $850.

Michael Antwain Hicks, 19, of the 1900 block of Bastille Court in Severn, and a 16-year-old juvenile were charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Grocery receipts to be collected

Meade Heights Elementary School will be collecting cash register receipts from Giant and Safeway Food Stores as well as Campell Soup labels, UPC labels from Polaroid 600 and 600 Plus film and Betty Crocker point coupons throughout the year, for use in purchasing computers, printers, books, videos and other school-related items.

The school, at 1300 Reece Road, Fort Meade, 20755, will accept coupons and labels through the mail.

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* Crofton: Thieves broke into a storage building at the Crofton Country Club over the weekend and stole two weed cutters, each worth $325.

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