New deadline for comments on landfill

April 04, 1995

The Maryland Department of the Environment has agreed to extend by two weeks the deadline for comments on Browning-Ferris Industries' proposal to reseal 8 acres of its leaking hazardous waste landfill using chipped tires and sludge.

The deadline, which initially was today, is April 14, according to a department spokesman.

A group of nearby residents, headed by Mary Rosso of Silver Sands, sought the extension. They first discussed recommendations of an independent consultant last Thursday and said that did not give them enough time to comment.

The landfill, on Solley Road, was closed in 1982. But environmental protections are failing, and it is contaminating ground water. Comments on BFI's proposal should be directed to MDE, 2500 Broening Highway, Baltimore, MD 21224.

Pasadena resident charged in attacks

County police arrested a Pasadena man early Saturday on charges of attacking another Pasadena man twice, once in a bar on Magothy Beach Road and again at a nearby service station.

Police said John Edwin Walls, 23, of the first block of Tennessee Avenue, was at the Waterbury Inn in the 300 block of Magothy Beach Road about 1:30 a.m. when a man who claimed the victim was talking about him tapped Mr. Walls on the shoulder and punched him in the face.

Mr. Walls left the bar and was at a gasoline station at Mountain and Magothy Beach roads a half-hour later when the same man pulled up in a red sports car, police said. The man threatened to attack the victim again and followed him home, where he punched Mr. Walls several more times in the face, police said.

The man drove off but Mr. Walls gave police a partial tag number, and an Eastern District officer stopped a red sports car around 3:50 a.m. at Fort Smallwood and Hilltop roads. Other officers took Mr. Walls to the scene, where he identified the suspect, police said.

Michael Martin Mullett, 23, of the 7800 block of West Riverside Drive was charged with two counts of battery, police said.

Man charged with slashing 3

A 50-year-old Pasadena man was arrested Friday night and charged with slashing his wife and his next-door neighbors with a 12-inch buck knife during a fight about a parking space, county police said.

The neighbors were treated at the scene by paramedics, but the suspect's wife, Debra Ann Baker, 40, of the 8500 block of Neptune Drive, was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore with a 5-inch gash in her arm that severed some nerves, police said.

She was in good condition yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Mrs. Baker and Sharon Lawyer, 40, who lives next door, were cut about 9:15 p.m. as they tried to break up a fight between their husbands. The fight began when the men argued about John Edward Lawyer parking his van in front of the Bakers' house, police said.

During the brawl, the knife was drawn and Mr. Lawyer, 53, and both women were slashed, police said.

Mr. Lawyer was cut on his left ear, cheek and forearm, Mrs. Lawyer on her right index finger, authorities said.

Carl Grant Baker, 50, of the 8500 block of Neptune Drive, was charged with assault with intent to murder, assault with intent to maim, reckless endangerment, assault and a weapons violation, police said.

2 men arrested during drug stakeout

County narcotics detectives arrested two men on drug

charges Friday night after spotting a drug deal in the parking lot of the Rumblefish bar, county police said yesterday.

Detectives had staked out the parking lot at Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard and Mountain Road. They reported that at about 10 p.m. they noticed two men in the front seats of a 1994 Saab sell drugs to a man in the back seat. The man in the back seat left, and detectives called uniformed officers who went to the car and searched both occupants, recovering 14.8 grams of crack cocaine, police said.

Gerald Asbury Cager, 22, of the 100 block of Pinesview Ave., Severna Park, and Henry Walker, 18, of the 3000 block of Southland Ave., Baltimore, were charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, police said.

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