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

June 18, 1993

Briefing set on moving prison camp

A proposal to move a prison boot camp onto the grounds at Fort Meade will be the subject of a public briefing Tuesday night by Col. Kent D. Menser, the garrison commander.

The state proposed moving the Herman L. Touson Correctional Boot Camp to Fort Meade last year, and base officials have been studying the issue for several months.

The camp, which would hold about 500 prisoners, would be near the intersection of Route 32 and Route 175.

Colonel Menser says he will not take a position on the plan until he receives a report from a committee he set up.

But disclosures two weeks ago that revealed detailed plans for the camp facility brought complaints from Odenton community leaders who said they were being left out of the decision-making process.

In an interview on June 11, the colonel, who is retiring at the end of the month, said he would review the committee report, then hold a public meeting if he decided a boot camp would be worthwhile.

A base spokesman said yesterday that Colonel Menser will hold the meeting Tuesday even if the report is not ready. The colonel said he would make a decision before he leaves.

The meeting will be held in the 97th U.S. Army Reserve Command's Drill Hall, Building 1251, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The hall is about 200 yards south of the intersection of Disney Road and Route 175.

Electronic goods stolen from Crofton home

Someone broke into a Crofton home Tuesday and stole a compact disc player, a cassette player and two Super Nintendo game cartridges.

Police said the owner of the home, in the 1400 block of Hardwick Court, returned home about 6:30 p.m. and noticed that the items were missing. She told police an extra set of keys was stored in the mailbox.

=1 Value of the stolen items was placed at $420.


* Severn: Thieves stole more than $2,000 worth of jewelry from a home in the 7800 block of Bastille Place between 7:30 a.m. Friday and 10:48 a.m. Saturday.

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