NORTH COUNTY--Linthicum * Ferndale * Brooklyn Park * Pumphrey

February 08, 1993

BWI hearing on 'noise zone' ends

A long-running hearing in which a residents' group is challenging the "noise zone" around Baltimore-Washington International Airport ended Friday, bringing to a close hours of hearings and years of courtroom clashes.

Lawyers for the Airport Coordinating Team (ACT) and the Maryland Aviation Administration delivered their 40-minute closing arguments to the five-member Transportation Review Board, which has six weeks to make a decision.

ACT charges that state officials purposely shut out the public four years ago and created a larger airport noise zone, paving the way for more airport expansion.

The zone designates areas with an average daily noise level of at least 65 decibels, about that of a downtown commercial street.

The group wants the review board to rescind the noise zone certification and its resulting noise abatement program, charging that significant changes were made after a public hearing in 1986.

Attorneys for the state argued that all the changes were made as a result of public comments at an open hearing, meaning a second hearing wasn't necessary.

Originally, the transportation board did not want to hear the case, but it was ordered to by a Circuit Court judge.

But by the time the board makes a decision, the state could have a new noise zone certified. Work on the updated model, which is used for zoning purposes and to decide which homeowners need soundproofing assistance, has been under way for more than a year. A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for March.

Brooklyn Park woman attacked, robbed

A Brooklyn Park woman who went to her basement Thursday to investigate a strange noise was attacked and robbed by a burglar.

County police said the woman, who lives in the 200 block of W. Edgevale Road, was confronted by the man about 9:45 a.m.

The man grabbed her, threw her to the ground and tore her jacket off, police said.

The man then ran out of the home with the jacket, which had money in the pocket.

The jacket was found in the yard, but the money was missing.

Glen Burnie woman sexually assaulted

A 32-year-old woman who ran out of gas near Linthicum was sexually assaulted Saturday morning by two strangers who offered to give her a ride, county police said.

The woman, who lives in a Glen Burnie apartment complex, told police her car stalled on Route 295 near Nursery Road shortly before 7 a.m.

Two men pulled up in a blue 1992 Geo Prism and offered her a ride, police said.

The men drove the woman to an area off Dorsey Road near Route 295 and raped her, police said.

She escaped by jumping out of the car after the men drove off, police said.

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