Public opinion is sought on wastewater discharge


The Maryland Department of the Environment will hold a public hearing Aug. 11 on Browning-Ferris Industries' application to discharge treated water from its Solley Road hazardous waste landfill into an intermittent stream that leads to Marley Creek.

The hearing, a continuation of one held in June, will be at 2:30 p.m. in the fire station at Solley and Fort Smallwood roads in Riviera Beach. The agency planned the hearing because it did not properly notify people of the earlier hearing.

Protective environmental measures are failing at the Solley Road landfill, closed since 1982. Among them is the system installed last year to pump out contaminated water, strip it of chemicals and inject the treated water into the ground water. But reinjection has failed, and that part of the system has been halted since March, with BFI removing the purified water.

The agency is looking favorably upon BFI's discharge plan. But John Blumenthal, whose adjacent land is crossed by the intermittent stream, said he has misgivings that the discharge would alter wetlands or lead to other contamination.

Pasadena man gets probation for assault

A Pasadena man was placed on two years' probation Monday for striking the owner of an Ellicott City tavern on the head with part of an axle during a parking lot brawl last fall.

Murrell Leroy Parris, 25, entered an Alford plea to a battery charge in Howard County Circuit Court. He did not admit guilt, but conceded prosecutors had enough evidence to convict him in the attack on James Eugene Myers, owner of the Allview Inn in the 9500 block of Clarksville Pike.

The prosecution dropped additional charges of assault with intent to murder, assault and a weapons violation as part of a plea agreement.

According to court records, the fight started after a friend of Parrish exposed his buttocks to Mr. Myers and several of his friends as they entered the tavern's parking lot Oct. 22, 1993.

Mr. Myers confronted the man and an argument started. Several men joined in the argument, which turned into a fistfight.

During the fight, Parrish, a painting contractor, went to his truck, took a part from an axle and used it to strike Mr. Myers on the back of his head, records say. The blow knocked Mr. Myers unconscious.

Mr. Myers was taken to Howard County General Hospital, where he received 35 stitches to close his wound, court records say.

Woman is beaten during argument

A Freetown Village woman told county police a man she knows only as "Poggy" punched and kicked her after an argument Sunday morning on New Freetown Road and Whitaker Road, officials said.

Rufie James, 30, of the 7800 block of Shirley Murphy Court, said the incident occurred around 4:30 a.m. Police said she sustained cuts on her right hand and scrapes on both arms. She refused medical treatment.


* Dunbrook: Someone stole $1,660 from an office of the State Farm Insurance Co. in the 2700 block of Mountain Road sometime between 5:15 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Monday.

* Ventnor: Someone stole a VCR, camcorder and television worth $910 from a house in the 8100 block of Ventnor Road sometime between July 13 and 1 p.m. Monday.

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