Patapsco Excavating penalized in dumping Judge orders $50,000 in service projects for illegally discarding debris

August 17, 1996|By Robert Guy Matthews | Robert Guy Matthews,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore District judge has levied a $50,000 penalty against a city excavating company and its owner for illegal dumping, the state attorney general and environmental officials reported yesterday.

Judge Charlotte M. Cooksey on Thursday ordered M. Edward Suddreth of Glen Burnie and Patapsco Excavating Inc. to perform $50,000 worth of community service projects for dumping construction debris at a landfill in the 600 block of Patapsco Ave.

Cooksey suspended a 12-month sentence and a $50,000 fine and instead ordered Suddreth and the company to complete beautification projects during three years of probation.

The projects include buying cherry trees and installing fences near Carter G. Woodson Elementary School in Cherry Hill and cleaning a two-block area in Fairfield.

In Anne Arundel County, Suddreth must provide equipment and labor at six Belle Grove community cleanups. He also must implement a beautification plan for Belle Grove Park and plant 50 white pine trees on the landfill site.

Belle Grove Road residents had complained about Suddreth's operation for years, officials said. The 32-acre dumping site is on the Baltimore City-Baltimore County line, separated from Brooklyn Park in Anne Arundel County by the Patapsco River and Harbor Tunnel Thruway.

Suddreth pleaded guilty in January to illegal dumping. He could not be reached for comment yesterday.

The state Department of the Environment brought three counts of commercial littering against Suddreth and the company.

The agency said it issued 31 site complaints against Suddreth and his company from December 1988 to September 1994.

In July, the agency issued a stop work order and fined the company $18,000 for accepting solid waste. That matter has not been resolved.

Pub Date: 8/17/96

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