Gambrills woman charged in death of Annapolis resident...

ARUNDEL DIGEST

March 05, 2002

Gambrills woman charged in death of Annapolis resident

A Gambrills woman has been charged with automobile manslaughter in the Oct. 8 death of a 59-year-old Annapolis woman, Anne Arundel County prosecutors said yesterday.

Amy Beth Haberstick, 38, was indicted Friday in the death of Juliet Mae Payne, and was served court papers yesterday, said Kristin Riggin, spokeswoman for the state's attorney's office.

Haberstick's car was westbound on Defense Highway near Crownsville Road when it crossed the center line while turning and hit Payne's car, authorities said.

Payne died at the scene. Haberstick was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment for her injuries.

In announcing the indictment, the state's attorney's office said a blood-alcohol test showed that Haberstick was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

A conviction on the charges carries a prison term of up to 10 years.

Land preservation options to be reviewed at meeting

Anne Arundel County officials plan to discuss land preservation options at a public meeting at 7 tonight at the South County Recreation Center meeting room.

The forum, sponsored by the Department of Recreation and Parks, will focus on the county's Agricultural and Woodland Preservation program and the Installment Purchase Agreement program.

County Executive Janet S. Owens and officials from the county's Land Use Office also plan to present information about the state's Rural Legacy and Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation programs.

Information: Barbara Polito, preservation program manager, Department of Recreation and Parks, 410-222-7317.

Fire station replacement topic of meeting tonight

A public meeting about the construction of the new Brooklyn Park fire station is scheduled for 7 tonight at the Brooklyn Park library branch.

The new fire station will replace the station at the same site on Ritchie Highway.

The $4 million construction project is scheduled to begin in June and be completed in summer of next year.

During construction, an interim station will be located in a parking lot across the street, county officials said.

Information: County Department of Public Works, 410-222- 7582.

More than 500 homes around BWI soundproofed

In a move that state aviation officials describe as progress toward establishing good will with Baltimore-Washington International Airport's neighbors, more than 500 homes near the airport have been soundproofed.

The soundproofing amounts to a $14.5 million investment in the airport's Linthicum neighborhood, officials announced yesterday.

Nearly three-quarters of the money came from Federal Aviation Administration grants, and the rest came from landing fees paid by airlines, said Anthony Neubert, manager of real estate for the Maryland Aviation Administration.

Since the program began in 1988, BWI has offered residents in the Glen Burnie Park, Queenstown and Allwood neighborhoods who contend with excessive airport noise the option of receiving added insulation and renovations to their windows and doors.

Residents may also elect, if they sell their home, to accept a guarantee from the state to make up any difference between the selling price and its appraised value.

More than 500 residents have opted for soundproofing, while more than 100 have benefited from the sales guarantee, Neubert said. About 200 more are eligible for the benefits.

The program has also paid to soundproof four schools: Arthur Slade Regional School, Corkran Middle School and Oakwood and Glen Burnie Park elementary schools.

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