George Phillip Garrett III of Sykesville has been charged with violations of state environmental laws.
Garrett, 37, and his corporation, Drumco Inc., were indicted by an Anne Arundel County grand jury onthree felony counts of improper storage and disposal of controlled hazardous substances. He also was charged with two misdemeanor counts.
"What we're confronted with here is a businessman who willfully failed to dispose of his waste the right way and in the process endangered the environment and the community," Maryland Attorney General J.Joseph Curran Jr. said.
If convicted, Garrett could face a 5-yearprison term and a $100,000 fine for each of the felonies. For each misdemeanor conviction, he could face one year in jail and a $25,000 fine.
Garrett was charged with storing, abandoning and disposing ofignitable, toxic and corrosive substances on a 14-acre tract in the Curtis Bay area.
Acting on tips from the community, investigators from the Maryland Department of the Environment's Hazardous and SolidWaste Management Administration found the drums containing the alleged hazardous substances in September. More specific information aboutthe substances was not released.
The drums were removed and properly disposed of by the department, officials said.
CRIME OF THE WEEK
Crime Solvers, a volunteer group that assists area police, is asking residents to help solve the Crime of the Week.
This week, thegroup is seeking information about an equity company police believe is being operated unlawfully.
The owner of the company, known as United Equity Investments, is being sought by state police in Westminster for questioning.
Police said the owner attracted clients through newspaper advertising and may have contracted with Carroll residents.
If you have been in contact with this company or have any information about its owner or his location, please call Trooper R. R. Heuisler at 848-3111.
If you would like to remain anonymous, please call Crime Solvers at (800) 562-TIPS.
By using the Crime Solvers line, you could be eligible for a reward.
POLICE SEARCH CONTINUES
State police still were searching for suspects in two separate armed robberies late Friday.
In the first case, state police said two men robbed the Eldersburg High's Dairy store at Route 26 and Klees Mill Road Tuesday night and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Police said one of the men entered the store around 8:30 p.m. and displayed a small silver revolver to two store clerks while demanding that they empty the cash register.
The man also stole a clerk's wedding ring, police said.
Sources said the man made the clerks lay down on the floor during the robbery.
Police said the man fled the scene in a 1988 Mazda that was reported stolen from Baltimore.
Another man was waiting in the Mazda, police said.
After the robbery,a lookout for the car was broadcast to area police.
State police Trooper Jack Hinkle spotted the car traveling north on Route 91 in Gamber and a chase ensued for about 8 miles, police said.
It ended on Nicodemus Road in Baltimore County and the suspects fled on foot.
State police Sgt. Jeff Merson said Friday that the pair stole another car from Berryman and Deer Park roads in Baltimore County. That car was later found in Baltimore.
Merson said the state police in Westminster are working closely with Baltimore City police to find thesuspects.
"We believe they live in the city," he said.
After the initial chase, state police and Baltimore County police searched the Baltimore County area for the suspects unsuccessfully.
One of the suspects is described as a black male, 6 feet tall, between 25 and30 years old.
He wore a medium-length black trench coat at the time of the hold-up, police said.
In a separate armed robbery last week, a man held up the Tevco gas station and convenience store on Route 140 in Finksburg.
Police said a white male in his mid-20s, weighing about 140 pounds, with shoulder-length, sandy-blond hair and blue eyes entered the store just before midnight Wednesday, displayed a black semiautomatic weapon, and asked the clerk for money.
The suspect fled the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Police said the man was wearing green baggie pants and a red, white andblack flannel shirt at the time of the robbery.
He covered his face with a nylon stocking during the theft, police said.
The stocking has eye holes cut in it, police said.
Both cases are being handled by the state police in Westminster. If you have any information on these cases, or believe you may know who is involved, please call the state police at 848-3111.
ACCIDENT INJURES 3
UNION MILLS -- Three people were sent to the hospital after a three-car accident on Route 97 south of Saw Mill Road, state police in Westminster reported.
Police said the accident occurred about 4:26 p.m. Wednesday when a 1976 Chevrolet pickup truck rear-ended a car that was about to makea left turn into a driveway, police said.