WEST COUNTY--Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

December 16, 1992

BG&E work will leave Crofton areas powerless

Nearly 200 Crofton residents will be without power for at least two hours -- and some for as long as seven hours -- today when Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. changes several transformers.

The utility company needs to update equipment and put a new community, Cedar Grove, on line.

BG&E spokesman John Metzger said 104 customers will be without power from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and again from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. so switching devices can be added.

Another 93 customers will be without power from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. so that company workers can install the new transformers.

Included in the seven-hour outage is Crofton Town Hall, which houses the community's Police Department. Town Hall will be closed all day today, and routine calls to the Police Department will be forwarded to the county police station. All 911 emergency calls already go to the county.

Barbara Swann, Crofton's comptroller, said the community's police officers will perform extra patrols in the areas where power is out, which includes homes on Dryden Way, Crofton Parkway, Farrell Street, Dana Street, Kent Drive and Farlow Avenue.

Mr. Metzger said the company chose the hours it did to ease problems at a private kindergarten, which will lose power for two hours. Mr. Metzger said the Creative Grade School opens after 7:30 a.m., and its pupils are taking naps from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

POLICE LOG

* Hanover: Someone stole a lawn trimmer from a home in the 7300 block of Race Road Saturday.

* Laurel: Thieves broke into the offices of American Elasto-Seal Inc. in the 8200 block of Washington St. Friday night and stole office equipment valued at $3,400.

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