Hearing officer rejects proposal for 300-foot tower in Crofton

January 10, 1995

A county hearing officer has rejected a communications company's proposal to erect a 300-foot cellular phone tower off Route 424 in Crofton.

Robert C. Wilcox ruled last week that the tower would harm development of the Crofton Athletic Complex, which is planned for an adjacent parcel.

West Shore Communications Inc. of Odenton had applied for an exception that would have permitted it to build a tower on land that is zoned for agricultural and residential use. The tower is considered a public utility. The company also asked for a variance that would have waived county rules that limit the height of accessory structures to 25 feet and relaxed property setback rules.

West Shore Communications has 30 days to appeal Mr. Wilcox's decision.

Three women injured in single-car accident

Three Bowie women were injured in a single-car accident Sunday morning in Woodwardville that sent one of them to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center and the other two to Laurel Regional Hospital, county police said.

Jennifer Leigh Benson, 18, of the 400 block of Pleasant View Drive was in serious condition yesterday morning with head injuries, said a Shock Trauma spokesman.

Erin Elizabeth Randolph, 19, of the 13000 block of Fifth St. and Angie Marie Simpson, 19, of the 12000 block of North Cliff Road were taken to Laurel Regional Hospital. Both were treated for head injuries, cuts and abrasions and released, said a hospital spokeswoman.

The accident occurred shortly before 3 a.m. Ms. Benson was driving a 1988 Pontiac Grand Am southeast on Patuxent Road when she drifted off the road as she neared Fifth Avenue. Her car struck an embankment. Ms. Benson tried to steer the vehicle back onto the road, but the car spun around, hit a telephone pole and came to rest in the woods 15 feet from the road, police said.

POLICE LOG

* Severn: Three men stole $100 Friday from the High's store in the 2600 block of Annapolis Road. They entered the store shortly after 8 p.m., shoved the clerk and stole money. They ran north on Ridge Road. No weapon was used.

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