MARYLAND STATE — Firm fined for illegal dumping
A Baltimore firm has been fined $25,000 for illegally transporting hazardous wastes that were dumped in the Bohemian National Cemetery in Armistead Gardens.
Pinnacle Industries Inc. of 2260 Cecil Ave. had pleaded guilty in ,, Baltimore Circuit Court in February to one charge of transporting ignitable wastes without a manifest. Judge John Prevas imposed the maximum fine for the offense.
The case stems from the discovery in December 1990 of three 55-gallon drums and 116 assorted 5- and 1-gallon containers of various solvents in a wooded area at the East Baltimore cemetery.
According to a statement presented in court by Bernard A. Penner, an assistant attorney general, Pinnacle paid its facilities manager, Timothy Bradford of Cross Junction, Va., $1,462 to dispose of the materials. Mr. Bradford, who also was the cemetery's groundskeeper, was sentenced last month to 30 days in jail and fined $1,000.
The state's top health official vowed yesterday to find the money for an anti-smoking media campaign this year, despite attempts by legislators and the tobacco industry to restrict spending on the project.
"We will look through other appropriations throughout the health department to see where we can squeeze some money out and move that money into the cancer fund," said Secretary Nelson J. Sabatini.
The state had planned to launch a $3 million, three-year media blitz against smoking and other behaviors that cause cancer. Gov. William Donald Schaefer made fighting cancer a top priority, since Maryland has the nation's worst cancer rate.
In the General Assembly's waning days, budget negotiators approved an amendment that essentially shifted money from cancer prevention to treatment of patients with the disease.
They restricted to $250,000 the amount of money the anti-cancer campaign could spend on media, advertising and public relations, a decision applauded by tobacco industry lobbyists.
Sabatini is trying find another $750,000 elsewhere in his budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. That would provide $1 million for the first year of the media blitz. He said he did not
know how he would pay for the other two years.
The Board of Public Works approved yesterday the sale of $12million in general obligation bonds with an interest rate of 5.800114 percent to a syndicate of businesses led by Merrill Lynch & Co. It was the lowest rate in 14 years.
Over $15 million in school construction and $14.7 million in water quality projects will be done with the proceeds.
The county commissioners have signed a five-year contract with Phoenix Recycling Inc. of Finksburg to serve as the county's recycling facility. The $258,000-a-year contract will vary according to tonnage collected from businesses and residents. Company officials said they expect to collect 12,000 tons during the fiscal year beginning July 1.
If you've wanted to brush up on your knowledge of herpetology, Otter Point Creek, a Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve near Abingdon, is the place for you.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, the county's Izaak Walton League is seeking volunteers for the "Great Herp Search" to find out how many lizards, turtles, snakes, frogs and salamanders inhabit its 263-acre Melvin G. Bosely Wildlife Conservancy along the creek. Information: 569-0670.
A 16-year-old Capitol Heights youth pleaded guilty yesterday to raping a woman at a Columbia park while he was on a group outing with a state juvenile offenders program.
Antonio Lee Perry, who had faced three other sexual assault charges since age 12, was undergoing court-ordered therapy at the Thomas O'Farrell Center in Marriottsville when he raped a jogger at Centennial Park in April 1991.
Perry, charged as an adult with first-degree rape, pleaded guilty to second-degree rape. As part of the plea agreement, the state will seek a 15-year prison sentence July 7 before Howard County Circuit Court Judge James B. Dudley. Second-degree rape carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.
Howard County school officials were expected to propose a new policy to the school board today for disciplining students involved in hate-bias incidents.
The proposed "Educational and Personal Rights" policy makes it a violation for students to harass, use profanity, threaten or intimidate others on the basis of race, color, creed, religion or sexual orientation, among other criteria.
Vandals defaced four schools and businesses with racial epithets in the county last weekend, and a 48-year-old black man in Columbia told police he had received anonymous harassing and racist phone calls.
Police have recorded more than 25 hate incidents this year.
U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr today was to address about 400 members of the National Troopers Coalition at their spring meeting at the BWI-Holiday Inn.