Crofton * Odenton * Fort Meade * Gambrills

WEST COUNTY --

December 21, 1992

Firefighters find drugs, shotgun at site of blaze

Firefighters investigating a blaze that destroyed a trailer in Gambrills on Saturday afternoon found $2,000 worth of marijuana and a sawed-off shotgun in the ruins in the 1200 block of Defense Highway.

Yesterday, county police reported that the firefighters had discovered "a sophisticated marijuana growth operation." Police are investigating.

Capt. Gary Sheckells, a Fire Department spokesman, said on Saturday that investigators do not know what caused the blaze. He said it took 23 firefighters from Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties 18 minutes to bring the fire under control.

No one was home when the fire broke out, and no injuries were reported. Captain Sheckells had no information on who owned the trailer.

Chamber of Commerce elects board members

The Crofton Chamber of Commerce, in the middle of a revitalization effort to increase membership, has elected several new board members.

William Branham of Swallow Office Supplies was elected president. He had served previously as vice president.

Martha Stanley-Brown of Long & Foster Realtors replaced Mr. Branham in his old spot. Maureen Cowger of First Virginia Bank-Maryland was re-elected treasurer and John Lee of Minuteman Press was re-elected secretary.

Returning board members are Betty Garber of Real Estate General; Phil Gordon of the Crofton Convalescent Center; Chuck Lewis of Charles E. Lewis & Associates; and Dennis Stackhouse of Allstate Insurance, who also is a board member on the Crofton Civic Association.

The board, worried over the loss of members in the past year, has been trying to get new members who would help give the business community a louder voice in issues such as roads, growth and possible incorporation for the Crofton special tax district.

Deborah George of Signet Bank became a new member at the December meeting.

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