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ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY --

October 28, 1992

Annapolis officials to appeal BG&E expansion of Tyler Avenue substation

Annapolis lawmakers have decided to appeal a court order requiring the city to issue a permit to Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. for expansion of its Tyler Avenue substation.

Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins and the City Council voted 7-1 in an executive session Monday night to appeal the court decision.

Circuit Judge Bruce C. Williams ruled earlier this month that the city had erred in denying a conditional use permit to the utility in July 1991.

The council rejected the planned $2.5 million expansion of the substation because of neighborhood concern over reports linking electromagnetic fields produced by power lines to an increased risk of cancer.

BG&E sued to reverse the council's decision.

In an Oct. 6 decision, Judge Williams called the council decision "arbitrary and capricious." He also said the city permitted too much hearsay to be included in testimony taken during hearings on the expansion.

Alderman Ellen O. Moyer was the lone lawmaker to oppose the appeal. She said she understands the environmental concerns, but believes the city set a bad precedent by basing its decision on unsubstantiated reports on electromagnetic fields. Alderman Theresa DeGraff was on vacation.

Eastport couple charged with burglary

Annapolis police have charged an Eastport couple with raiding their doctor's office and stealing medical files, blank prescriptions, and dozens of bottles of medicine.

Patrick Ian McConnell, 35, and his 39-year-old wife, Andrea, were arrested Monday night after police searched their home in the 300 block of State St. and found prescription medicine reported missing from a doctor's office downtown.

Dr. John Moatinez-O'Hara called Annapolis authorities that morning and reported that his office at 162 West St. had been ransacked while he was away last week.

The McConnells' patient records were missing, along with blank prescription forms, two vials of Valium, 12 tablets of Vicodin, a brand-name pain reliever, and 32 bottles of prescription analgesics, police said.

Detectives arrested the couple on charges of burglary and possessing prescription drugs. They also were charged with possessing a small amount of hashish, said Lt. Russell Hall, who spearheaded the investigation.

The McConnells were arraigned in District Court and were being held yesterday in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center after failing to post bail, set at $4,500 each.

House, gardens group gets new appointments

County Executive Robert R. Neall has appointed Hans Froelicher IV and Frederica Struse to the London Publik House and Gardens Commission.

The commission is the house and gardens' advisory board.

Mr. Froelicher is an attorney with Corbin, Warfield, Schaffer, & Meridith, Esquire, of Severna Park. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Vermont, a master's degree in education from Loyola College and a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Ms. Struse is curator of the Historic Annapolis Foundation. She graduated from Boston University with a degree in American studies.

Police arrest two on marijuana charges

County police charged two people with possession of marijuana after a traffic stop Saturday on Bestgate Road in Annapolis.

Natalie Lynn Wightman, 22, of the 5400 block of Huntingtown Road in Huntingtown, and Lisa Ann Childs, of the 100 block of West Way Road in Greenbelt, also were charged with possession of PCP. Ms. Wightman was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, the police report said.

The police report said officers stopped their car at 11:57 p.m. because the driver had crossed the center line several times. The officers noticed the smell of burnt marijuana. He asked the pair to get out of the car and empty their pockets.

Police confiscated small amounts of greenish-vegetable matter that later tested positive for marijuana and PCP.

POLICE LOG

* Annapolis: A woman told police her car was pelted with rocks, smashing a window, while she was driving Sunday night on Bay Ridge Avenue near Forest Hills Drive, city police said.

* Annapolis: Vandals broke into the People's Security Insurance Co. in the 900 block of Bestgate Road between Friday and Sunday. They stole about $4,450 from two desk drawers.

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