Contractor strikes cable; 1,775 homes lose power

About 1,775 Ellicott City residents lost power yesterday when a privately employed contractor struck an electric feeder cable at West Springs Drive and Sonia Terrace.

The power outage occurred about 1:30 p.m., affecting a feeder cable at Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s Hollofield substation at Frederick and Daniels roads, said BG&E; spokesman Art Slusark.

By 5 p.m. yesterday, about 30 customers in Town & Country Apartments still lacked electricity, but power was expected to be restored by 8 p.m., Mr. Slusark said.

He could not provide the name of the contractor as of yesterday.

Floor space expanded at Rags to Riches

In October 1992, Leslie Meilman satisfied her passion for textiles by opening Rugs to Riches, a store in historic Ellicott City.

Early next month, the store will grow 350 square feet to make room for textured floor coverings, quilted wall hangings, hand-woven throws and an eclectic collection of rustic crafts.

Information: 750-8767.


* Elkridge: 6300 block of South Hanover Road: Compact discs, cash and 80 cartons of cigarettes were stolen from Modern Amusements on Friday or Saturday. Police said the burglars pried front and rear doors to enter the business, and then used bolt cutters to access change boxes of video games and pinball machines.

5900 block of Rowanberry Drive: A black 1986 Ford Mustang with Maryland tags PJJ288 was stolen early Saturday morning.

7200 block of Montgomery Road: A 1989 Oldsmobile Cutlass stolen from a residence was recovered on Furnace Avenue near the Anne Arundel County line early Sunday morning after police gave a short chase. The thief was not located but apparently was injured, police said.

5500 block of Levering Ave.: Several construction trailers were pried open and ransacked Friday.

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