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NORTH COUNTY --

September 10, 1993

Male patient escapes Spring Grove Hospital

County police were searching last night for an escaped patient from Spring Grove Hospital who is alleged to have harassed his former girlfriend, who lives and works in Linthicum.

Officer Terry Crowe, a police spokesman, identified the man as Michael Leppert. He said the man first escaped Tuesday. He was caught by county officers and returned to the hospital after he allegedly made threatening phone calls to the woman's house. The man escaped again yesterday about 3 p.m. and was at large last night.

Police, who assigned extra patrols the communities around Hammonds Lane, said it appears the man is only a danger to the ex-girlfriend.

Hospital officials could not be reached for comment yesterday afternoon. Anne Arundel police said they do not know how Mr. Leppert left the hospital grounds.

Firehouse renovation to be complete by '94

A $525,000 renovation of Linthicum's firehouse should be complete this year.

The project's scope ranges from upgrading the station's electrical wiring to removing asbestos from pipes and providing handicap access to the firehouse, said Lt. Robert H. Kornmann Jr. of the county fire department.

Work began about a month ago. The front part of the station was built in 1930, with the rear added on later, he said.

"There were a lot of things that needed to be fixed and upgraded in the station," he said.

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