Fuel oil spills from sea wall at academy

January 06, 1995

A state emergency response team was dispatched to the Naval Academy yesterday to contain fuel oil leeching from the school's sea wall.

The oily water was noticed shortly before noon near the Robert Crown Sailing Center, and academy officials notified the Maryland Department of the Environment. An emergency response team contained the leak at Santee Basin, where the academy's sailboats are berthed, with absorbent booms.

"It appears to be No. 2 fuel oil leeching from the sea wall," said Quentin Banks, an MDE spokesman. "It's just a big stain."

The heating oil continues to seep out, he said, and officials are uncertain how much has entered the water. Mr. Banks said there was no indication of any underground storage tanks in the area.

"The source appears to be within the sea wall, but it's not been precisely located," said academy spokeswoman Karen Myers, who said there was no damage to the academy's sailboats, which had been removed for the season.

Mr. Banks said MDE officials will return today with metal-detecting equipment to determine whether there are any underground storage tanks or other containers holding the oil.

Man is charged after police chase

County police arrested an Annapolis man Tuesday morning after a chase by car and on foot through the Homewood section of the city, authorities said yesterday.

Police said they were looking for a 1987 Chevrolet reported stolen about 4 a.m. by Michael Barksdale, 34, of the 300 block of Edgemere Drive. Mr. Barksdale told police he had spotted the car at West Street and Route 2, but it was gone when officers arrived, authorities said.

Shortly after that, Sgt. Terry Crowe noticed the car in Annapolis, on West Street near South Cherry Grove Avenue. The car sped up when the officer followed it and turned onto McKendree Avenue. The driver went through two stop signs before he abandoned the car and started running in the 1600 block of Virginia Ave., police said.

Sergeant Crowe tackled the man in the 200 block of Southwood Ave. and found a blue ceramic pipe under the man's body when the suspect got up, police said.

Gary Ray Rebstock, 35, of the 1000 block of Tyler Ave. was charged with driving on a suspended license, reckless driving, eluding police and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

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