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Towson man charged with lewd conduct

A 38-year-old Towson man was arrested last week and charged with peeping into the windows of two Towson apartment complexes and exposing himself to women in the buildings.

Clinton P. Gardner of the 1500 block of Putty Hill Ave. was spotted by undercover officers about 6:30 a.m. Nov. 22 near the Kenilworth at Charles apartment complex, according to police. Detectives said he matched a description of a Peeping Tom who had been reported in the area during the past year.

Police said that Gardner told them he had been peeping into windows and that he always wore the same clothing. He is charged with six counts of peeping into windows and two counts of indecent exposure in connection with incidents at the Kenilworth at Charles and Cromwell Valley apartment complexes.

Gardner, who was released on a $15,000 bond, is scheduled to appear in District Court in Towson on Jan. 8

Anyone with information about Peeping Tom incidents in the area is asked to call the county police special victims unit, 410-887-2223.

Laura Barnhardt


Library to be open today, tomorrow

The Pikesville branch of the Baltimore County Public Library will be open today and tomorrow with regular hours.

Library officials had thought they would have to close the branch for two days because of construction deliveries, but there was a last-minute change in the renovation schedule, said Robert Hughes, a county library spokesman.

The library, at 1301 Reisterstown Road, will be closed Dec. 6 through Dec. 8, reopening Dec. 9.

The branch is being expanded as part of a $4.18 million project that will also renovate and expand the senior center.

Sparrows Point

Proposed LNG site called 'unstable'

The location of a proposed liquefied natural gas facility on Sparrows Point is along an earthquake fault line, according to a lawyer representing residents and fishermen opposed to the LNG project.

A 1996 geological survey also shows that the area where AES Corp. plans to build a LNG terminal would be at the center of an earthquake in the area, according to a submission yesterday to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission by Bart Fisher, a lawyer for the Greater Dundalk Alliance's LNG Opposition Team.

The report was in files at the Maryland Department of the Environment, Fisher said. He said that a July geological study of nearby soil concluded that the land created by concrete rubble and steel slag is very soft.

The area is "unstable," Fisher said.

Zack Germroth, a spokesman for AES, said the company has studied the area's geology. "Additionally, worst-case scenarios for hurricanes, tornadoes and flooding have also been accounted for in the incredibly strict design standards employed by AES for the proposed Sparrows Point LNG facility," he said.

Laura Barnhardt


Ex-agent charged in insurance fraud

A former insurance agent from Baltimore County has been charged with fraud, accused of keeping insurance premiums that were to have been sent to the Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund, the state attorney general's office announced yesterday.

Jerry McDonald Culpepper, 56, owner of the Culpepper Insurance Agency in the 6700 block of Belair Road in Overlea, was charged last week in a 21-count indictment with felony insurance fraud and felony theft. Culpepper, of Forest Hill, is accused of stealing more than $13,700 from 10 clients from February 2004 to February 2005, according to charging documents.

Julie Scharper

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