Arundel Digest

January 13, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Owensville

Information sought in rape of woman near medical center

County police officers are seeking information on or witnesses to an attack Tuesday night on a woman who said she was choked into unconsciousness and raped after she left a southern Anne Arundel County medical center.

When the woman regained consciousness, she called the fire department, police said, adding that she was examined and treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center for a cut lip and bruises.

The woman told police she was leaving Owensville Primary Care on Owensville Road about 11 p.m. when a man jumped out beside her vehicle, grabbed her by the throat and choked her unconscious. The man apparently dragged the woman to the other side of the vehicle, where the rape occurred, police said.

Police assisted by air and canine units searched the area, but did not find a suspect. They tried yesterday to find anyone who might have seen or heard anything unusual in the area Tuesday night.

"People in the area can expect to see a greater police presence until officers have exhausted all possible leads," a police department spokesman said.

In Glen Burnie

Glen Burnie man killed in two-vehicle collision A 61-year-old man died late Tuesday in a Glen Burnie collision when a van crossed the double-yellow center line on Furnace Branch Road and slammed head-on into his pickup truck, county police said.

Witnesses told police they saw a westbound 1998 Ford Econoline van speeding and weaving on Furnace Branch immediately before the collision with an eastbound 1996 Chevrolet S-10 pickup driven by Harry Wolford Dailey of the 1600 block of Pleasantville Drive in Glen Burnie. Dailey was declared dead at the scene.

The driver of the van, Kirk Robert Decosmo, 38, of the 8300 block of Dubbs Drive in Severn, suffered head injuries and was in serious condition yesterday at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, police said.

It has not been determined whether alcohol was a factor in the accident, police said, adding that neither driver was using a seat belt but both vehicles had air bags that deployed. An investigation was continuing.

In Gambrills

Public hearing scheduled on plan for rubble landfill

A public hearing on an application by Cunningham Excavating to operate a rubble landfill in Gambrills is scheduled for Jan. 20 at Crofton Elementary School, the Maryland Department of the Environment said yesterday.

The hearing, to begin at 6: 30 p.m., will allow residents to comment on the application, which has been tentatively approved through the first steps in the permit process, MDE officials said.

The company has another rubble landfill on land adjacent to the site that was capped in 1997, and its efforts in recent years to expand with a new landfill there have drawn opposition from neighbors complaining of past violations of environmental regulations. They also say they fear the impact of renewed dumping on the value of their homes.

In Annapolis

Public works inspector named parks administrator

Philip D. Mertens, plumbing and mechanical inspector for the Annapolis Department of Public Works, has been named city parks administrator, officials announced yesterday.

Mertens, who has held the public works job since 1996 and formerly owned a construction company, will direct maintenance of city park and recreation areas and oversee work in the development and opening of new facilities such as Waterworks Park, Germantown Fields and Poplar Trail.

"By promoting from within," Mayor Dean L. Johnson said, "we are able to truly hit the ground running with our plans for new and expanded recreation and parks programs."

The appointment was announced by department director LeeAnn Bogan.

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