County orders stop to construction work at shopping...


July 30, 2002

County orders stop to construction work at shopping center

Anne Arundel County inspections and permits officials issued a stop-work order yesterday at the site of the former Hechinger's store at Forest Plaza Shopping Center in Annapolis.

Contractors working for Home Depot, which plans to open a store on the site, violated permit regulations when they performed work at the site that endangered nearby Church Creek, said Pam Jordan, a county spokeswoman. County officials had not assessed fines yesterday.

As part of the order, Home Depot officials and the landowner are being required to install silt fencing and outlet protection, clean the parking lot, and make significant revisions to an application for a grading permit.

Annapolis police warn of fraud targeting seniors

The Annapolis Police Department has issued an alert regarding a fraud operation that is targeting elderly residents.

In the scheme, a man calls an elderly person and, pretending to be the victim's son or grandson, says he is in dire need of cash. The man has information about his family of his victims.

In one case, an elderly woman gave $5,000 to a woman who said she would take the money to the victim's grandson. The victim in this case realized she had been defrauded after speaking with her grandson.

Police officials are asking residents with elderly relatives or friends to warn them of the scheme. Anyone who receives a suspicious telephone call should hang up and then dial *-6-7, which helps the telephone company trace the call.

Gunman robs gas station on Veterans Highway

An man robbed a Citgo gas station at 8699 Veterans Highway about 8 p.m. Sunday.

The robber displayed a small automatic handgun and demanded cash from the night clerk. He received an undisclosed amount of cash and fled into nearby woods, police said. No one was injured.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Anne Arundel County police at 410-222-8700.

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