Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber

SOUTHEAST --

September 23, 1993

Lawn chemical spills on road in Eldersburg

About 45 gallons of lawn-care chemical spilled yesterday on Oklahoma Road in Eldersburg, closing one lane for about two hours.

State police and fire officials said the driver of a Liqua-Grow Turf truck had serviced a lawn in the 5700 block of Oklahoma Road about 10:15 a.m. As the truck drove north, the cap of a filter pipe came off and the liquid spilled on the road.

The driver saw the spill, stopped the truck and closed a valve.

An off-duty Baltimore County firefighter, who was driving by, borrowed a shovel from a homeowner and built an earth dam to prevent the chemical from getting into the storm drain.

Officials said several gallons of the combination fertilizer-weed killer could have seeped into the drain.

The driver, using an absorbent called Aqualock, was able to recover much of the material and return it to a tank on the truck.

Fire officials said the absorbent partially solidifies a liquid, making it easy to pick up with a shovel.

No one was injured in the incident.

Baltimore man charged in Sykesville theft

Bond of $40,000 has been set for a 28-year-old man accused of breaking into a Sykesville home July 18 and stealing cash and other property worth more than $4,000.

Earl Wade Branham of Baltimore was charged with burglary and malicious destruction of property in the break-in.

He is being held in the Baltimore County Detention Center on unrelated charges, according to court documents.

A detainer will be placed with Baltimore County authorities so Mr. Branham can be brought to Carroll County for trial, state police said. Cash and jewelry worth $3,000, a television, a VCR with remote and stereo equipment were reported stolen from the home of Vicki Yohn.

FIRE

* Sykesville: Sykesville, Winfield, Gamber and West Friendship of Howard County responded to Springfield Avenue for a report of a house fire at 9:35 p.m. Tuesday. Units were out for 27 minutes.

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