Parks board officials want Miller's support of Jug Bay...

Arundel Digest

March 16, 2001

Parks board officials want Miller's support of Jug Bay in writing

Alarmed by a newspaper report this week, Anne Arundel County's Recreation & Parks Advisory Board wants state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller to put in writing his support for a proposed expansion of the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary.

Miller said he hadn't seen a letter sent to him by the advisory board's chairman, Richard T. McGraw Jr., but probably would not respond because he is not focused on Jug Bay.

The Sun reported Wednesday that Miller said "Jug Bay is going down" as he walked past the county planning director, Denis Canavan, last week. Miller denies the comment and says he supports the preservation effort.

Canavan said Miller made the comment after Canavan spoke against the Senate president's bill to block a 77,000-square-foot Safeway supermarket and strip mall in Deale, several miles from Jug Bay. The project has won approval from the county as well as state and federal regulators.

State and county officials are working on a deal to spend $5 million to add 500 acres to the 620-acre Jug Bay sanctuary on the Patuxent River.

McGraw said in the letter to Miller that the advisory board does not want "political reasons" to derail the expansion.

Miller said in an interview that his environmental record "speaks for itself."

Convicted killer stabbed in fight at prison annex

A 22-year-old convicted killer was stabbed yesterday afternoon after a fight with another convicted murderer in a recreation area at the Maryland House of Correction Annex in Jessup, authorities said.

Jeremiah M. Jones of Bladensburg - imprisoned since he was 17 and serving a life term - was listed in serious condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore last night.

Prison officials allege that Jones fought with and was stabbed by Rodney E. Solomon, 35, who is serving life plus 60 years in the carjacking death of Pam Basu in Howard County in 1992. The victim, a 33-year-old scientist, was taking her toddler daughter to her first day of preschool when she was dragged nearly two miles from her car, with her child in the back seat.

Jones is serving a life term for fatally shooting a Bladensburg couple during an argument about drugs.

Solomon refused treatment after the fight, said David B. Towers, a Division of Correction spokesman. The stabbing remained under investigation last night.

Postal Service to collect food for the hungry

U.S. Postal Service employees will collect food along with mail as the agency takes part in the 15th annual "Harvest for the Hungry" campaign tomorrow through March 24.

Postal customers may place nonperishable food items at their mailbox or bring them to local post offices. Food collected in Anne Arundel County as part of the statewide "Harvest" effort will go to the Anne Arundel County Food & Resource Bank Inc., for distribution to the area's needy.

Calvert County

Lawsuit challenges policy banning children's jail visits

PRINCE FREDERICK - The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland filed a federal lawsuit yesterday challenging a Calvert County Detention Center policy prohibiting visits by anyone younger than age 16.

Inmates are denied visits from their children - even with adult supervision. Most detention centers in Maryland, including state prisons, allow visitation by minors accompanied by adults.

The case was filed on behalf of an inmate, Lance Brady, 33, who is being held at the detention center near Prince Frederick on burglary charges.

He has not been allowed to see his 3-year-old daughter since he was detained Nov. 9.

ACLU staff attorney Dwight Sullivan said he plans to file a request today for a preliminary injunction that would allow visits by children while the case is being litigated.

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