General Assembly passes bill to block Safeway in Deale...

ARUNDEL DIGEST

April 10, 2001

General Assembly passes bill to block Safeway in Deale

A bill intended to block a Safeway supermarket and strip mall proposed for the tiny community of Deale was passed yesterday by the General Assembly.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller sponsored the legislation, arguing that the 55,000- square-foot grocery store was too large for the rural area and that the development might harm nearby Rockhold Creek. The Democrat represents a sliver of southern Arundel that includes Deale.

The bill does not mention Safeway. Rather, it prohibits new projects on commercially zoned land from treating storm-water runoff using ponds on residential land. Safeway said it crafted such a storm-water system at the county's behest.

Safeway's lobbyists fought the bill, and the company insisted it would not abandon the planned store even after the bill's passage was assured. The bill awaits Gov. Parris N. Glendening's signature.

County Executive Janet S. Owens initially opposed Miller's bill, because she feared it might thwart other development in the county. She backed down after Miller added language to narrow the bill's reach.

Eastport teen charged as adult in fatal shooting

A 17-year-old Eastport teen-ager has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted robbery in the fatal shooting Friday night of a 58-year-old neighbor, Annapolis police reported.

Justen Jeremiah Johnson of the 1100 block of Frederick Douglas St. was being held without bail at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on Jennifer Road - charged as an adult.

Annapolis police arrested Johnson shortly after the victim, Charles Edward Kirby, died Saturday night at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Kirby had been shot in the chest and was found lying near the front door of his house - four doors away from where Johnson lives, police said yesterday.

Crab Towne USA closed indefinitely after fire

Crab Towne USA, a Crain Highway landmark, was being aired out yesterday after a grease fire that damaged the kitchen.

Fans were being used to ventilate the Glen Burnie restaurant and carryout liquor store, where damage was estimated at $125,000 by county fire officials.

The fire, reported about 9:40 a.m., will force the restaurant to close for an indefinite period. "It all depends on the insurance company," said Crab Towne USA owner Barbara Coulbourn, sitting in the wet dining area with customers yesterday afternoon.

One firefighter, Richard Henry, was treated at North Arundel Hospital for heat exhaustion.

3 Baltimore men arrested in restaurant robbery

Three Baltimore men suspected of robbing a Glen Burnie fast-food restaurant - possibly with a toy gun - were arrested early yesterday after bailing out of a car along Interstate 97, county police reported.

The robbery happened just after midnight at a Checkers restaurant on Crain Highway. Officer Edward "Chip" Kuentzel followed the suspected getaway car, which he reported being driven erratically north on Ritchie Highway to the Beltway and then south on Interstate 97, where the vehicle was quickly abandoned, police said.

Kuentzel caught one man as he ran from the car, and police dog units tracked down two other men. Officers recovered cash, drugs and a toy handgun near the car.

Held on charges that include armed robbery, theft and drug possession were Cherry Hill residents Edward Richard Stewart, 42, of the 2700 block of Spelman Road, and Michael Terry Moore, 45, and Jerome Lyon Moore, 47, both of the 300 block of Bridgeview Road, police said.

Fire that damaged lockers at school ruled an arson

Arson was the cause of a fire that damaged three lockers yesterday morning at Central Middle School in Edgewater, the county Fire Department reported.

The fire was reported about 11:20 a.m. and caused about $600 in damage to the lockers and their contents, officials said.

One pupil - an 11-year-old girl - was treated for minor smoke inhalation, said Division Chief John M. Scholz, a Fire Department spokesman.

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