Arnold * Broadneck * Severna Park * Crownsville * Millersville

CENTRAL COUNTY --

December 31, 1992

Opponents of Woods Landing development lose case

Residents hoping to restrict a developer building homes in a protected buffer along the Little Magothy River near Cape St. Claire have lost their case before the Board of Appeals.

Five members of the board voted to deny the appeal of the controversial Woods Landing Section 2 at an Oct. 14 meeting, the minutes of which were released yesterday.

Two members who were not present at the meeting have yet to cast their ballots, but their votes will not affect the outcome.

The board has not yet completed its written report and board policy does not allow members to comment on cases.

Opponents of the development, 153 town houses just north of Route 50, have complained about the county's interpretation of the state's Critical Area Law. That interpretation allows the developer to cut down four times as many trees, pave 10 percent more of its 34-acre site and build 50 feet closer to the shoreline than state law would otherwise allow.

County officials say the development complies with their enforcement of the law, but state officials have said the Woods Landing development falls short of the goals of the statewide program, designed to protect sensitive areas along the Chesapeake Bay.

One of the opponents, Betsy Kulle, said yesterday that the Woods Landing Community Association may appeal to Circuit Court. She said the organization does not believe the county can supersede the state on the interpretation of Maryland law.

"Our attorneys feel our strongest case all along has been a judicial argument rather than a county rules-and-regulation kind of argument," Ms. Kulle said.

Man robs bank in Severna Park

A man claiming to have a weapon robbed a Severna Park bank of an undisclosed amount of money yesterday.

County police said the man walked into a Signet Bank, in the 500 block of Ritchie Highway, about 11:30 a.m. and handed a teller a note demanding money.

Special Agent Andrew Manning, a spokesman for Baltimore's FBI office, said the note indicated that the man had a weapon, although he did not display one.

Police are seeking a man in his 30s, 5 feet 8 inches tall with sandy brown hair and a well-trimmed mustache. Police said his hair is tapered on the sides and in the back. He was wearing a white jacket with blue and green trim.

Volunteers with police honored at luncheon

Walter R. Tilghman, of Crownsville, and Daniel Burkhardt, of Severna Park, were honored at a Maryland State Police Volunteer in Police Support program (VIPS) luncheon on Dec. 11.

Mr. Tilghman received the Good Citizen Award for donating more than 300 hours in six months to the VIPS program at the Glen Burnie barracks.

Mr. Burkhardt was given a Long-Term Service Recognition Award for his volunteer work with the Airport Division. He also received a Special Commendation Merit Award for his outstanding service.

Annapolis woman, 27, robbed of purse

A 27-year-old woman was robbed of her purse as she got into her car in an Arnold parking lot Tuesday evening.

Investigators said the woman, who lives in Annapolis, was in the parking lot of Fishpaw's liquor store in the 900 block of Ritchie Highway at 5:45 p.m., when the robber grabbed her purse. The victim struggled with the man and they fell to the ground.

The robber and ran off with the woman's purse. A second man hit her on the head with a bottle.

POLICE LOG

* Severna Park: A resident of the 300 block of Riverdale Road reported to police that someone broke out the window of his 1979 Ford LTD when it was parked in front of his home Monday.

Millersville: Vandals slashed a tire on a 1991 Chevrolet Camaro while it was parked in the 8200 block of Weyburn Road Saturday.

Millersville: A resident of the 600 block of Waterwheel Lane told police that someone slashed four tires on his 1990 Ford Mustang while it was parked in front of his home Monday.

* Arnold: Three teen-agers stole a pack of condoms from the 7-Eleven store in the 900 block of Ritchie Highway Monday.

* Millersville: Burglars broke into a home in the 600 block of Crucible Court Thursday and took clothing and television equipment. Police do not know the value of the property.

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