November 11, 1992

Need for marina permit is disputed

A developer who is asking for a permit to build a bathhouse and parking lot for a commercial marina told the county Board of Appeals on Monday he doesn't need a county permit to build the marina.

"My engineers told me I did not need to make application to the county to build the marina," said Sterling G. Leppo, owner of Sterling Homes Inc.

Mr. Leppo is planning a 120-slip marina along with a subdivision of 450 town homes at Stoney Beach.

The county Office of Planning and Zoning denied his request for the bathhouse and parking lot permits because officials cannot issue permits for "auxiliary uses" when the primary use has not been built.

Monday, he was asking the appeals board for the permits.

During the hearing, Robert Pollock, an assistant county attorney, asked Mr. Leppo if he had applied for a permit to build the 120 slips.

"If a building permit is required, I've got to believe we submitted for one," Mr. Leppo said.

Later, he said he had received all the permits he needed from the state and federal agencies that control the state's waterways.

But county officials say Mr. Leppo does not have the proper zoning for a commercial marina.

And Orchard Beach residents oppose the marina because they say it will increase traffic on Hilltop Road.

The appeals board will continue to hear testimony at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 23 in the Arundel Center in Annapolis.

Traffic stop leads to arrest for battery

County police charged a Glen Burnie man with battery Monday morning after he allegedly grabbed an officer by the shoulder and began yelling at him during a traffic stop on Ritchie Highway at Jumpers Hole Road in Pasadena.

According to the police report, officers stopped a car at 1 a.m. because it was being driven erratically. A passenger got out and began yelling at the officers, then grabbed one of them by the shoulders.

After he allegedly refused to quiet down, police arrested James Michael Murphy, 38, of the 100 block of Hastings Court.


* Bodkin Manor: Someone stole the outboard motors from a boat stored in a garage in the 7900 block Central Road Drive Sunday.

* Lake Waterford: Thieves stole $2,310 worth of construction equipment from a site at Lake Waterford Park over the weekend.

* Riviera Beach: County police arrested three men at a Pasadena bar early Friday on a variety of charges that include handgun violations, assault, disorderly conduct and hindering police officers.

They filed handgun and assault charges against Kevin C. Alston, 22, of the 7300 block of Furnace Branch Road in Glen Burnie. They charged Donald R. Jones, of the 600 block of Opel Road with battery, disorderly conduct and hindering police. And Michael Stinespring, 31, of the 8000 block of Greenbud Lane in Glen Burnie, was charged with assault, police said.

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