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

January 18, 1993

Nursing home set to expand in Crofton

A nursing home in Crofton can expand by 16 beds as long as it doesn't interfere with any storm drain easements, an administrative hearing officer has ruled.

Robert C. Wilcox, the hearing officer, said in a report issued last week that the Crofton Convalescent Center, on state Route 424 east of Reidel Road, has expanded three times since it first opened in 1977, and has had no problems.

In this case, Mr. Wilcox said center officials will have to show that the expansion "will not interfere with or have an adverse impact on any storm drain easements located on the property" before building permits can be issued.

The center had asked for a special exception to expand by 1,727 square feet into an existing, but unused building.

The center has several buildings for offices, reception areas and living facilities for people in need of full-time nursing care and supervision spread over a five-acre tract of land.

As in the previous expansion efforts, no one from the public objected to the plan, the report says. "There was no records of complaints from any governmental agencies or members of the public since this facility began in 1977," Mr. Wilcox wrote.

An additional two or three staff members will be added to the facility as a result of the expansion. The report said there should be little increase in traffic.

"With the exception of traffic during off-peak hours, the convalescent center mirrors the surrounding residential uses," the report says.

Severn man charged with child abuse

A Severn man is accused of beating a 2-year-old boy who wouldn't stop crying Thursday afternoon, authorities say.

Jesse Lovell Garner, 20, was charged with felony child abuse and battery.

Police said Mr. Garner returned home about 5 p.m. and found the boy, who was not identified, crying in the kitchen.

Officers charged that Mr. Garner allegedly "walked over to the victim and punched him in the face with a closed fist."

The man also allegedly spanked and kicked the child, "causing him to do a complete flip in the air," striking his head on the floor, police said.

The man also allegedly beat the boy with a belt.

The boy's grandmother called police and told authorities she would take him to the hospital. The boy had several bruises on his body, but did not appear to be severely injured, police said.

Police did not say whether the man was related to the child.

POLICE LOG

* Laurel: Burglars broke into a home in the 3000 block of Brock Bridge Road Thursday and stole two handguns valued at $200.

* Odenton: Burglars broke into Dan's Auto Sales in the 1300 block of Annapolis Road Wednesday, but police do not know if anything was taken.

* Severn: Burglars stole stereo equipment valued at $3,100 from a 1990 vehicle parked in the 7500 block of Covington Ave. Thursday.

* Crofton: Thieves stole tools valued at $1,000 Tuesday from a 1988 Ford van parked in the 1600 block of Fendall Court.

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