Dumping of dead animals charged

November 01, 1994

A 34-year-old Elkridge man has been charged with the illegal dumping of hundreds of animal carcasses on county-owned land, police said.

William Alvin Sparrow, 34, of the 6400 block of Meadow Ridge Road was charged Friday with one count of littering by dumping more than 500 pounds of debris, said Lt. Tim Branning, a Howard County police spokesman.

Conviction on the charge carries a penalty of five years in prison and/or a $25,000 fine, Lieutenant Branning said.

Mr. Sparrow, who could not be reached for comment, is a private contractor hired by area animal hospitals and veterinary clinics to transport the animals to a rendering plant in Baltimore.

Police said they believe dumping of the carcasses in shallow graves near the 7700 block of Mayfield Ave. in Elkridge began in late May or early June.

The police investigation began after surveyors near the site detected strong odors Oct. 7.

About eight shallow graves were found, one pit containing as many as 100 dead animals.

Woman severely hurt in head-on crash

A 30-year-old West Friendship woman was seriously injured in a head-on collision on Homewood Road in Ellicott City yesterday morning, county police said.

Ellen Marie Delawder, 30, of the 13000 block of Frederick Road was listed in critical condition at the Shock Trauma Center in downtown Baltimore yesterday.

The other driver, Randall Charles Collier, 34, of the 5700 block of Cedar Lane in Columbia, was reported in fair condition at Howard County General Hospital, where he was treated for head injuries.

According to police, Mr. Collier was driving his 1994 Chevrolet pickup east on Homewood Road just west of McGee Way at 7:13 a.m. when his truck failed to negotiate a right curve and crossed the center line, striking Ms. Delawder's 1989 Nissan Sentra, police said.

The accident is still under investigation and charges are pending, police said.


* Ellicott City: 3900 block of View Top Road: A CD player and cash were taken by someone who ransacked a home Thursday after entering through a kitchen window, police said.

4600 block of Beechwood Road: Cash was stolen from a home Wednesday after someone forced a rear basement door, police said.

* Elkridge: 5800 block of Route 1: A gray 1992 Chevrolet truck was stolen early Friday, police said.

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