Howard Digest

February 27, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Girl, 14, missing from North Laurel found safe, police say

A 14-year-old girl who had been missing from her North Laurel home since the weekend has been found in good condition, Howard County police said yesterday.

Jessica Brittney Coon was reported missing from her home in the 8400 block of Leishear Road on Sunday morning, police said.

A freshman at Reservoir High School, she was found by family members Tuesday and has returned home. Police declined to say where the girl had been.

@SUBHED45,000-gallon sewage spill blamed on `operator error'

A worker opened a valve between sewage treatment tanks too quickly, causing a 45,000- gallon spill at Howard County's Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant on Saturday.

According to Robert M. Beringer, chief of the county's Bureau of Utilities, "operator error" was the cause of the spill, which allowed effluent to soak into the ground at the Savage plant, then wash into the Little Patuxent River about 100 yards away.

Such a small spill would not significantly affect the river, Beringer said.

@SUBHEDAnti-war group holding a meeting Sunday

An anti-war group invites residents to a community meeting Sunday to discuss the effects on Howard County of a possible war with Iraq.

The Howard County Coalition Against War, which includes groups such as Patapsco Friends Meeting, Howard County Friends of Latin America and Howard County Green Party, want to provide residents an opportunity to air their opinions about the potential military action.

Del. Elizabeth Bobo will speak at the meeting, scheduled from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia.

@SUBHEDMontgomery Road rezoning to be discussed tonight

The Montgomery Road Citizens for Responsible Growth is holding a meeting at 7 p.m. today at Ellicott Mills Middle School, 4445 Montgomery Road, to discuss rezoning proposals along the corridor.

Howard County planners have recommended that about 40 acres along the road, between Old Columbia Pike and Long Gate Parkway, be rezoned from residential to commercial.

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