Stump dump owner sued by 7 families for $8.5MGRANITE...

MARYLAND/REGIONAL BRIEFS

November 13, 1992

BALTIMORE COUNTY GRANITE — Stump dump owner sued by 7 families for $8.5M

GRANITE -- For the past 18 months, Irwin Desser and his wife, Rona, have lived with the stench of smoke drifting across their lawn and into their home on Rices Lane.

They say the smoke gets into their clothing, has stopped them from enjoying outdoor picnics and walks, and has hurt the value of their property. Mrs. Desser has even developed a severe case of bronchitis, brought on, the couple believes, by the incessant smoke from the smoldering Granite stump dump, a mile west of their home.

This week, the Dessers and six other families, including a woman suing on behalf of herself and her dead husband, filed an $8.5 million lawsuit against the stump dump's owner, James F. Jett, and his Christmas tree company, Patapsco Valley Farms Inc.

The 14-page complaint, filed Tuesday in Baltimore County Circuit Court, charges Mr. Jett with negligence for piling stumps and other debris together, and for letting the site catch fire on Feb. 2, 1991.

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