Testing continues at Rock Creek after sewage spill Anne...

ARUNDEL DIGEST

May 07, 2002

Testing continues at Rock Creek after sewage spill

Anne Arundel County health officials continued testing Rock Creek in Pasadena yesterday, after the discovery Saturday of a 150,000-gallon sewage spill. The cause was determined to be a blocked waste line. Test results from samples collected from the creek are expected by tomorrow, said Gerry Zitnik, a Health Department program manager. Officials are trying to determine bacteria levels in the water, he said. Drinking water has not been affected by the spill, which was nearly triple the size of early estimates, county officials said.

Residents have been advised to avoid the creek, the headwaters of which have been closed for recreational use since the early 1980s, Zitnik said.

Laurel man charged in fatal crash on bridge

A 27-year-old Laurel man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with a four-vehicle accident on the Bay Bridge that killed an Eastern Shore woman, county prosecutors said yesterday.

In an eight-count indictment unsealed yesterday, Paul Thomas Parsons of the 3500 block of Whiskey Bottom Road was charged with negligent manslaughter, driving under the influence and related charges, court records show. He was served with a warrant Friday and released. An arraignment is scheduled for May 29.

Parsons was driving west on the Bay Bridge shortly after midnight Oct. 24, with only one span open, when, according to prosecutors, his car sideswiped a truck and crashed head-on into a car driven by Linda M. Fisher, 43, of Crumpton, who died five days later.

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