Linthicum neighbors oppose planned towerIf the neighbors...

MARYLAND/REGION

April 01, 1994

WESTMINSTER — Linthicum neighbors oppose planned tower

If the neighbors had known someone planned to build a 103-foot tall tower across the street from them, they probably wouldn't have bought their $200,000 houses, Phillip Bowers told an Anne Arundel County administrative hearing officer yesterday.

The cellular communications tower planned by Nextel Communications would ruin the aesthetics of his neighborhood in Linthicum, and the access road could become "a nice little haven" for teen-age drinking and drug parties, Mr. Bowers said.

Nextel is requesting a special exception to build a 102.5-foot-tall communications tower on 1.3 acres off Camp Meade Road south of Andover Road zoned for residential use. The company also is requesting a variance because the current zoning limits principal structures to a maximum height of 25 feet.

Nextel, based in Rutherford, N.J., also plans a small, unmanned equipment building on the site, which it will lease from BWI Limited Partnership. It would be one of five towers the company has in the metropolitan area.

Robert C. Wilcox, the hearing officer, said he expects to rule within 10 days.

Man sentenced to probation for rape

WESTMINSTER -- A 36-year-old Taneytown man, who had sex with a neighbor while she was passed out at his house last fall, was convicted of second-degree rape yesterday and placed on three years of probation.

Michael Steven Campbell entered an Alford plea in exchange for the probation and suspended eight-year sentence imposed by Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. In an Alford plea, defendants maintain their innocence but admit that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict them.

As part of the plea bargain, prosecutors dropped three other charges tied to the Nov. 19 attack and four charges stemming from an alleged rape on Aug. 24.

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