ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY--Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

April 12, 1993

Lawmakers to vote again on substation

Annapolis lawmakers plan to vote again tonight on the proposed expansion of an electrical substation on Tyler Avenue.

The City Council approved the planned $2.5 million expansion in early March over community concerns about possibly harmful emissions. But two weeks later, the council reversed itself and left the project in limbo after the city attorney ruled that the first vote was improper.

Two years ago, the council rejected the Tyler Avenue substation expansion because of concerns over reports linking electromagnetic emissions to an increased risk of cancer. Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. sued to reverse the decision and won.

Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Bruce C. Williams called the council's decision "arbitrary, capricious and illegal" in October and ordered the city to grant the utility a permit to expand the substation.

Council members postponed taking action on the issue March 22 to give Alderman Wayne Turner, a Republican who represents the area, a chance to come up with a list of conditions. Residents of Tyler Heights want to limit the electromagnetic emissions, but were advised by lawyers that attaching such a condition would be next to impossible to enforce.

Mr. Turner said Friday that he would not put forward any plan to approve the substation. He hopes the project will be defeated, although other aldermen have pointed out that Judge Williams could take steps to enforce his order. "I will never put my name to this as long as I live," Mr. Turner said.

The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall, 160 Duke of Gloucester St.

Prince George's man sought in kidnapping

A Prince George's County man is being sought in the armed robbery and kidnapping Friday morning of a 25-year-old Annapolis woman.

Police said the victim was walking down Center Street in Annapolis about 4 a.m. when the suspect came up to her and accused her of "ripping him off." The woman said the man threatened her with a "police-like" night stick and demanded she get into his white 1980 Datsun.

While traveling through Annapolis and Crownsville, the woman told police the man continued to accuse her of "ripping him off" and rifled through her pockets.

When the man ordered the victim to remove her shoes, he saw her try to hide a $50 bill. The man then allegedly grabbed his night stick and demanded the money, police said.

The man stopped, pushed the woman out and drove off, police said. She called police from a nearby pay phone. Police said the woman identified the man from a photo line-up.

Police obtained an arrest warrant charging Russell Leroy Schroth, 29, of the 7300 block of Webster Lane in Fort Washington with armed robbery and kidnapping.

The suspect was still at large as of early yesterday evening.

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