Housing supervisor charged with theftANNAPOLIS -- An Anne...


February 14, 1993

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY ANNAPOLIS — Housing supervisor charged with theft

ANNAPOLIS -- An Anne Arundel County housing supervisor, who police say used money donated to a recreation center to buy furniture for her home, has been charged with theft, county police said Friday.

Police said they received a tip about two months ago that Glendale Vanessa Johnson of Glen Burnie, a supervisor with the Anne Arundel County Housing Authority, diverted a $136 check that the Planning Action Committee of Anne Arundel County Inc. had donated for use at the Freetown Recreation Center.

Investigators believe Ms. Johnson purchased furniture at a department store by using the check and cash.

She has been charged with theft under $300, a misdemeanor.

Man crashes car after heart attack



ROSEDALE -- An 81-year-old Rosedale man died of what appeared to be a heart attack moments before his car crashed into a vacant house near Seling Avenue yesterday, Baltimore County police said.

Henry James Gunther, of the 8200 block Analee Ave., left the Maple Inn about 7 a.m. and crossed Seling Avenue, where his car struck the house in what police described as "a minor accident."

Police said Mr. Gunther was pronounced dead at Franklin Square Hospital.

Unit 2 at Calvert Cliffs to be off for refueling



LUSBY -- Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. said Friday that it will take Unit Two of the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant out of service for maintenance and refueling.

Unit Two will go off line for 105 days beginning Friday. The utility will replace one-third of the unit's 217 nuclear fuel components and inspect and test equipment, including safety-related systems, the company announced.

Unit One underwent a similar outage last year.

Both outages are part of a program to enhance safety and reliability at the plant, which is in Calvert County. The two units each produce 825 megawatts of electricity, which can meet the electrical needs of 400,000 customers.

W.Nottingham Academy damaged by 2-alarm fire



COLORA -- No one was hurt, but a two-alarm fire caused an estimated $250,000 in damage to a 100-year-old building on the grounds of a private college prep school in this Cecil County town late Friday and early yesterday.

State fire investigators said the fire was caused by discarded cigarettes left burning in a sofa in the office of a maintenance building at the West Nottingham Academy.

The fire at the boarding and day school, which was established around 1744, was discovered by the headmaster about 11 p.m. Friday. The building has been used most recently to store lawn mowers, tractors and building equipment, said Bob Thomas, spokesman for the state fire marshal's office.

Edward Baker, the headmaster, said the building that burned was the school's old gymnasium, which originally was a barn, but was moved to the campus in 1935.

One firefighter injured an elbow falling down a flight of steps while fighting the fire, said Mr. Thomas.

More than 80 volunteer firefighters from Harford and Cecil counties, and Lancaster, Pa., were called in to fight the blaze, which was brought under control in about 40 minutes, said Mr. Thomas.

Former prosecutor pleads guilty in tax case


A former Prince George's County prosecutor has pleaded guilty to one count of income tax evasion, said Richard Bennett, U.S. Attorney for Maryland.

Leonard Louis Casalino, of Huntington, now a private attorney, faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

At his arraignment Friday before U.S. District Court Judge Frederic N. Smalkin in Baltimore, Mr. Casalino admitted he failed report cash payments from his clients on his tax returns for the years 1986 through 1990.

He also admitted that he had purchased two cars and land for more than $100,000 in cash.

Bill could speed Potomac cleanup




HAGERSTOWN -- A large part of Western Maryland where coal has been mined for years could benefit from legislation Maryland Senator Paul Sarbanes has reintroduced.

The bill, similar to legislation that failed in the last Congress, is intended to give states more leeway in cleaning up damage from coal-mining.

Mr. Sarbanes said a large area of the Potomac basin ranks among those areas with the severest damage from acidic runoff produced by years of unregulated coal-mining.

"In the Appalachian region, which suffers the most serious mine drainage problems," the senator said, "the acidic runoff has left a major segment of . . . the Potomac River virtually devoid of life."

Nearly 700 miles of the Potomac's North Branch feeder streams cannot support fish, Mr. Sarbanes said. Along this stretch of the Potomac, there are more than 4,000 acres of abandoned mine lands.

The Maryland Bureau of Mines says the worst source of abandoned mine drainage in the state is on Laurel Run at Kempton in extreme southwest Garrett County.

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