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Permission formally sought for new hospital for Bel Air

BEL AIR -- Upper Chesapeake Health System, which operates two hospitals in the county, formally has requested permission to build a $60 million, 120-bed hospital in Bel Air.

Plans call for the hospital to open in 1999 on 26 acres at Route 24 and West MacPhail Road. The move is part of Upper Chesapeake's plans to improve operations while downsizing.

The hospital would replace Fallston General, which would close. Harford Memorial in Havre de Grace would be reduced to 189 beds.

W.Va. communities release sewage near Cumberland


CUMBERLAND -- Sewage is flowing into the Potomac River near Cumberland from two West Virginia communities that officials say have been targeted for new sewer systems.

The sewer system in Elk Garden flows into a hollow that eventually makes its way to the Potomac and an unregulated sewer system in Wiley Ford, W.Va., dumps its effluent into the river just across from Cumberland.

Michael Bland, coordinator of Mineral County, W.Va., said a sewer system has been funded for Elk Garden and that engineering has been completed and construction is ready to begin. He said the problem in Wiley Ford might be solved by transporting the waste to Cumberland where officials have offered to treat it.

Va. man, 20, charged with first-degree murder


PALMER PARK -- A Reston, Va., man was arrested yesterday and charged with fatally shooting one man and wounding another during an argument in a Landover apartment, county police said.

Darnell Davis, 20, was charged with the first-degree murder of Lonnie Lothrop, 21, of Landover, who was shot in the chest and died at Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly.

The second victim, whom police did not identify, was shot in the back and was listed in critical condition at the hospital.

Wilmington workers seek relaxation of residency law


WILMINGTON -- Some municipal workers hope to persuade && the City Council and voters to loosen a residency requirement for city employees.

For most of the past 31 years, city law has said that anyone who works for city government must live in Wilmington. But officials of the city's five municipal workers unions are pressing for a law that gives their members the freedom to choose where they live.

The council, which has supported the law in the past, has formed a 23-member committee to study the issue.

Conn. officer gets probation in death of UM professor


NEW BRITAIN, Conn. -- A state police trooper has avoided a trial on felony charges stemming from an off-duty car crash that killed a University of Maryland professor.

Trooper James Taylor, a nine-year veteran, was sentenced Monday to six months of accelerated rehabilitation, a special form of probation. Before the May 1993 accident, he had been drinking at a social club, according to a report.

Lorraine Spranzo, 47, was fatally injured in the crash. The Maryland nursing professor was in Connecticut for her parents' 50th anniversary.


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