East Columbia

February 18, 1993

Students to cross road by tunnel during project

Stevens Forest Elementary School students who live on the west side of Stevens Forest Road will be guided through a walkway tunnel to cross the street to school as a temporary measure while the county designs and installs a traffic light.

Stevens Forest Elementary PTA members said at an Oakland Mills village meeting Tuesday night that school officials are working with county police to ensure that crossing guards will be stationed at the tunnel and at two points along Stevens Forest Road -- intersections with Kilimanjaro Road and Camelback Lane. One of the crossing guards possibly could be a PTA volunteer, they said.

Ronald Lepson, the public works assistant director, told the parents that students should be encouraged to use the tunnel or cross Stevens Forest Road at Kilimanjaro Road, where a traffic light is planned to be installed within three months.

The Columbia Association will be responsible for ensuring that the tunnel is in good repair and is lighted, said Mr. Lepson.

PTA members have expressed concern that Stevens Forest is unsafe to cross because of a heavy volume of fast-moving traffic. A public works study showed that the intersection of Stevens Forest Road and Kilimanjaro Road meets national standards indicating that a traffic light is warranted.

When the light is installed, it will remain to be determined whether one or two crossing guards will be needed for Stevens Forest Road, Mr. Lepson said.

Woman hurt badly in car accident

A 39-year-old Columbia woman was seriously injured yesterday morning when a car ran a red light at Route 175 and Thunder Hill Road in Oakland Mills and broadsided her Dodge, Howard County police said.

Sharon Gooden of the 5000 block of Thunder Hill Road was flown by state police helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she is listed in serious but stable condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The accident occurred shortly before 8 a.m. when the driver of a Mercury Sable drove through a red lighton west Route 175, police said. The Mercury struck Ms. Gooden's mini-van, police said.

Robert Dempsey, 44, of Fairmont, W.Va., was charged with driving through a red light.

Mr. Dempsey refused medical treatment, police said.

2 armed men sought in McDonald's robbery

Howard County police are searching for two armed robbers who stole an undisclosed amount of money Tuesday night from the McDonald's restaurant in the Kings Contrivance Village Center.

The two men entered the restaurant in the 8600 block of Guilford Road at about 11 p.m. and displayed handguns, police said.

The gunmen then forced the manager to open a safe, and after getting the money, they ran, police said.

POLICE LOG

* Kings Contrivance: Broken Land Parkway at Route 32: Someone broke the rear window on a 1990 Honda Prelude between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 3, and stole a $650 Alpine CD-FM stereo at park and ride.

Broken Land Parkway at Route 32: Someone broke the driver's side door on a 1989 Nissan Pathfinder between 6 a.m. Feb. 3 and 6 p.m. Feb. 3, and stole a $800 AM-FM cassette player and a $10 pair of sunglasses.

7000 block of Copper Wood Way: Someone stole a $180 AM-FM car stereo from a 1985 Toyota truck between 8:30 a.m. Saturday and 7:45 a.m. Sunday.

* Owen Brown: 6800 block of Bugle Drum Way: Someone entered a 1990 Acura Integra between 6 p.m. Friday and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, and stole a $499 Pioneer AM-FM stereo and a $100 worth of cassettes.

6400 block of Barefoot Boy: Someone entered a jeep between 3:30 a.m. and 8:15 p.m. Saturday, and stole a $400 Alpine AM-FM cassette stereo.

6300 block of Open Flower: Someone entered a vehicle between 1 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Saturday and stole a $400 Yamaha AM-FM cassette stereo.

6900 block of Deep Cup: Someone broke into a vehicle between 3 a.m. and 9 a.m. Saturday and stole two Pioneer AM-FM car stereos valued at $399.

9100 block of Snowden River Parkway: A lock was cut and a door was forced open between noon Friday and 7 a.m. Monday at a construction site. Tools were stolen.

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