Two men, one with handgun, rob Shell station in Jessup


County police are looking for two men who robbed the Shell gas station on Route 175 in Jessup just after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and drove off in a Cadillac Coupe de Ville.

After the men entered the convenience store of the Parkway Shell in the 2700 block of Annapolis Road, one of them showed a blue-steel handgun to a clerk. The men forced the clerk to the ground and took his wallet and a loaded 9 mm handgun, police said. The bandits also stole an undisclosed amount of money, police said.

The suspects drove west on Route 175 in a yellow, late-1970s to early-1980s model Cadillac.

A complete description of the men was not available.

Fort Meade to test substance in drums

Fort Meade is to begin testing next month the petroleum-based substance in 267 drums found buried on the base in June to determine whether the substance contributed to contamination of nearby wells.

Workers found the 55-gallon drums on a construction site off Rock Avenue near Route 32 on June 15. They were buried 2 to 4 feet deep in a trench that spanned a 100-by-200-foot area, said Paul Robert, chief of Fort Meade's environmental management office.

Last week, a crew finished digging up all the drums, placing them in larger containers and removing contaminated soil. Preliminary tests show the drums may have contained a substance similar to waste oil or diesel fuel. They were found in what may have been an informal dumping ground in the 1950s and 1960s, an Environmental Protection Agency official said.

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