Waste search turns up three barrels

August 31, 1994

State agencies searching an Anne Arundel construction site for hazardous waste Monday discovered another barrel, this one containing a strong-smelling liquid, officials said.

Meanwhile, the State Highway Administration (SHA) broadened its investigation into Dewey Jordan Inc. of Frederick by searching for materials that may have been buried improperly at one of the contractor's projects at Interstate 695 and U.S. 40 in Golden Ring.

The Environmental Protection Agency, Maryland Department of the Environment and the attorney general's office began investigating Dewey Jordan late last week after an employee told state officials that he had been ordered to bury barrels he believed contained hazardous waste at the new interchange of U.S. 50 and Interstate 97.

By Friday, investigators had uncovered two barrels, one that was empty and another containing a "grease-like substance." They also found improperly buried lumber at the site, officials said.

Liz Kalinowski, an SHA spokeswoman, said the lid was missing from the third barrel discovered Monday and that some of its contents apparently had leaked.

Samples were taken by officials from the Department of Environment, but it will take several weeks to determine what the liquid is, she said.

If investigators determine that hazardous materials were buried, criminal charges could be filed.

Dewey Jordan officials refused comment.

2 women report theft of jewelry from homes

Annapolis police are investigating two recent reports of jewelry theft.

Janice Oesterle of the 100 block of Monticello Ave. told police that someone entered her house and took a purse, ring and watch from her foyer between 11:30 p.m. Sunday and 1:30 a.m. Monday. The property was valued at $4,475.

Police also are looking into the report of a theft on Sumner Road. Margaret Curry-Goodwin, 80, of the 100 block of Sumner Road told police that someone took jewelry valued at $19,650 from her basement closet between Aug. 7 and Aug. 20.

She reported the jewelry missing Monday.

Man, 18, charged with assault in shooting

Annapolis police charged a city man with assault with intent to murder in a shooting Saturday afternoon.

Orlando Craig, 18, of the 200 block of Admiral Drive was being held in the county jail in lieu of $15,000 bond.

According to police reports, Reginald Kerick, 23, of the 2000 block of Allen Drive was shot in the right hand during a dispute in the 700 block of Newtowne Drive about 12:10 p.m.

Man robs Popeye's, puts staff in freezer

A man wearing a ski mask and armed with a black semiautomatic pistol threw a concrete block through the window of a Popeye's chicken restaurant early Sunday, herded employees into a freezer and robbed the restaurant of an undisclosed amount of money, county police said.

The man smashed the window of the closed restaurant in the first block of Defense St. about 12:30 a.m., forced employees who were cleaning to open the safe, then ordered them into a walk-in freezer before he fled, police said.

Employees let themselves out of the freezer after a few minutes and called police.

Man who accepted ride says he was robbed

Two Annapolis residents were charged with robbing a man after they offered him a ride about 3 a.m. Sunday.

Jose Benites of the 200 block of Hilltop Lane told police that he was walking near his house when a car stopped and the occupants offered him a ride. He accepted, but after a short distance the two people in the car forced him out and stole his wallet containing about $45, he said.

Police arrested Walter S. Robertson III, 23, and Sylvia Ellen Russell, 19, both of the 200 block of Farragut Court, and charged them with robbery. Mr. Robertson was being held in the county jail in lieu of $5,000 bond. Ms. Russell was released on her own recognizance.

Crofton girl, 12, says she was raped

A 12-year-old Crofton girl told county police that she was raped Saturday morning by a 17-year-old Edgewater youth, officials said.

The girl told police she sneaked out of her house around midnight Friday. She and another girl went to a friend's house in Edgewater, where she drank rum until she became intoxicated, police said.

About 2:30 a.m., the teen-ager invited both girls to his camper, which was parked in his driveway, police said. Once inside, the alleged victim and the teen lay down on a bed and started kissing, police said. The other girl left. The victim told the teen she wanted to leave, but he removed her clothes and raped her, police reported.

Groundbreaking set for new home Sunday

First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis and Arundel Habitat for Humanity will break ground Sunday on a second new home on Gilmer Street.

Arundel Habitat for Humanity has planned four homes for Gilmer Street on land donated by Annapolis. The groundbreaking is at 11 a.m.

Information: 267-8705.

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