PTA members don't want stadium built in Laurel

January 06, 1994

The Brockbridge Elementary School PTA is opposed to the idea of a stadium for the Washington Redskins being built in Laurel.

"The school is located on the road leading right to the site of the proposed stadium," said Deirdre Buell, a member of the school's PTA who spoke at yesterday's Board of Education meeting.

"We're concerned about vagrants and prostitutes and drug dealers being attracted to the stadium, as in most other communities with stadiums," she said. "We don't want this for our children. I'm here to solicit your support in opposing the disruption of our neighborhood."

School board members said staff would meet with the Brockbridge PTA but made no comment about what, if any, action would be taken.

The proposed 78,600-seat stadium would be on 55 acres at Brock Bridge and Whiskey Bottom roads, next to Laurel Race Course.

Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke is prepared to spend $160 million of his own money to build the stadium. There has been speculation he will buy the property from the racetrack's majority-owner, Joseph A. De Francis, either by the end of this week or early next week.

On Friday, team officials are expected to hold a news conference announcing the formation of a citizens group in favor of the stadium, a counter to a group already formed called Citizens Against the Stadium.

Laurel woman robbed and forced from car

A 35-year-old Laurel woman was robbed and forced out of her Honda Civic at gunpoint in the parking lot of her apartment building Tuesday evening, county police reported.

Denise Casey told investigators she was waiting in her car for her daughter outside the apartment building in the 200 block of Old Line Avenue when a dark blue Nissan Sentra pulled up behind her about 8:20 p.m.

The passenger approached with a gun and ordered her to hand over her purse and get out of her car. After Ms. Casey complied, the driver of the Nissan got into her Honda and drove away, the police report said.

The gunman got behind the wheel of the Nissan and followed the Honda out of the parking lot, police said.

Ms. Casey described the gunman as a black male about 17 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build and complexion. He was wearing a black skull cap, dark blue waist-length coat and dark pants.

The second robber was described as a black male about 17 years old, wearing a dark-colored skull cap and dark pants with a dark jacket.

Two charged with drug distribution

A 24-year-old Severn woman and a 29-year-old Washington man were charged with distribution of cocaine and marijuana after police stopped their car on Pioneer Drive on Tuesday.

Lillian Louis Bailey of the 8200 block of Pioneer Circle and Charles Edward Bailey were also charged with possession of a handgun.

According to the police report, officers received a tip about a drug transaction and stopped a 1993 Oldsmobile on Pioneer Drive near Reece Road at 7:19 p.m. Inside the car, they found two loaded 9mm handguns, 30 grams of cocaine and 30 grams of marijuana.

The two were taken to Western District to be charged.

Three Crofton residents charged after search

Three Crofton residents were charged with distribution of crack-cocaine after undercover officers confiscated the drug from their home yesterday morning.

Andre Maurice Ennis, 23, James Melvin Shaw, 53, and Linda Smith, 27, all of the 1400 block of Jackson St., were arrested after police searched their home about 7 a.m.

Police found 13 bags of cocaine, with a value of $650, as well as $716 inside the home.

Their arrests were the result of an eight-week investigation into drug trafficking complaints in the area of Jackson Street and Evergreen Road, police said.

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