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March 05, 1992

MARYLAND STATE — Suit seeks to block bay drilling

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation filed suit yesterday seeking to block Texaco Inc. from drilling an exploratory well in Charles County.

The lawsuit asks the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court to stay a drilling permit the state issued in December until a more thorough study has been made of how the bay might be harmed if oil or gas were found.

Texaco plans to drill a 10,000-foot well near Faulkner, about 1,200 feet from Popes Creek, which empties into the Potomac River.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, which gave Texaco the permit, last month denied the foundation's request for a trial-like public hearing.

DNR officials ruled that the Annapolis-based environmental group lacked legal standing to appeal the permit.

DNR spokesman Robert Gould would not comment on the suit, except to say, "It's unfortunate the bay foundation has chosen this route."

Texaco is drilling its third exploratory well across the Potomac in Virginia after two previous test wells found nothing.

Man arrested in grenade incident:

Baltimore City

Man arrested in grenade incident: A 27-year-old man was arrested yesterday after he walked into a mental health clinic on West Baltimore Street with what turned out to be a harmless grenade, city police reported.

Agent Arlene K. Jenkins, a police spokeswoman, said the incident began just after 2 p.m. when a man walked into the Assertive Community Treatment Team, operated by the University of Maryland in the 1200 block of W. Baltimore St., and placed a "pineapple grenade" on the counter.

Terry Zumack, 27, of the 2000 block of St. Paul St., was charged with possession of an explosive device.

Nursing home warned:

Anne Arundel County

An Annapolis nursing home that failed a recent state inspection is being threatened with sanctions until it corrects problems with providing proper patient care.

Health inspectors uncovered deficiencies with staffing, supervision and patient treatment at the Annapolis Convalescent Center during visits in January and February. The 91-bed nursing home has until March 20 to submit a correction plan, or risks losing its Medicare and Medicaid support.

Department spokesman Michael Golden noted the nursing home had never been cited before.

Administrator Marie Okronley said she's taking steps to improve care at the center on Bay Ridge Avenue, including hiring more staff and firing the director of nursing.

But she also said she would dispute several of the deficiencies cited in the report.

Haydens splitting:

Baltimore County

Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden's wife, Nancy, has filed for divorce, accusing him of physical and mental cruelty and adultery.

Documents filed late Tuesday in Circuit Court allege that "over the years" since their marriage in July 1984, Mr. Hayden "has engaged in a course of abusive conduct . . . designed to intimidate her and to injure her emotionally, physically and mentally."

Mr. Hayden, responding through Carol Hirschburg, his official spokeswoman, accused his wife of filing the suit to break an impasse in negotiations of a financial settlement to end the marriage. He said he would file a reply denying the allegations.

Mrs. Hayden could not be reached for comment on the suit.

School redistricting:

Carroll County

Carroll's Board of Education has chosen a redistricting plan that will move about 565 students to fill the new Friendship Valley Elementary this fall.

Students from Westminster, Robert Moton and William Winchester elementaries will be transferred to the school on Gist Road off Kate Wagner Road in the plan known as Option D.

Educators expect about 800 new students in the fall.

Indictments expected:

Harford County

A Harford County grand jury is expected to hand down indictments soon following raids on three dwellings that resulted in the seizure of marijuana with a street value of more than $16,000, said a spokesman for the Harford County sheriff's department.

Deputy First Class DeWayne Curry, the spokesman, said no arrests were made during the raids but that seized evidence was expected to be enough to have the occupants and others arrested on multiple drug charges.

Deputy Curry said an undercover investigation over the past two months included Baltimore County police, State Police and the sheriff's Special Response Team.

One raid occurred late Monday night in Phoenix, Baltimore County and two others Feb. 24 in Bel Air.

Driver charged:

Howard County

Police have charged the driver of the delivery van that struck and killed an 11-year-old Columbia girl as she stepped off a school bus last week.

Sgt. Gary L. Gardner, a police spokesman, said Charles H. Smith, 21, of Baltimore, was charged with failing to stop for a school bus, negligent driving and reckless driving.

Malobika Bagchi, a Trinity School fifth-grader, died of massive head and chest injuries at Johns Hopkins Hospital, police said.

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