Arundel Digest

Arundel Digest

April 08, 2003

House approves funding to treat tainted well water

A bill intended to help families pay to treat their radium-tainted wells was unanimously approved yesterday by the House of Delegates.

The bill previously had passed the House, but was returned after the Senate approved it with a minor amendment.

Under the new three-year pilot program, the county and state will pay up to one-quarter of the cost of radium-treatment systems, which cost $800 to $3,000.

The legislation, which is co-sponsored by 11 Anne Arundel delegates, is intended largely to help families near Pasadena, where some estimate that more than 6,000 wells have unsafe levels of the radioactive metal. Radium, which occurs naturally, has been linked to bone cancer.

Del. John R. Leopold, a Pasadena Republican who is the driving force behind the plan, said it will be up to Anne Arundel County officials to get the program running there by July 1. County officials have endorsed the legislation.

2 Arundel drivers killed in head-on collision

Two Anne Arundel County residents were killed Friday evening in a head-on collision on Veterans Highway south of West Benfield Road, Anne Arundel County police said.

Police said Paul Shane Brough, 20, of Edgewater was killed after the 1989 Honda Accord he was driving apparently crossed the center line into the northbound lane. Police said Jennifer Nicole Sweet, 30, of Millersville had pulled her 2002 Honda Accord partially onto the shoulder to avoid the collision but was struck head-on.

Both drivers died at the scene of the accident. Police said they found a large plastic bag of suspected marijuana in Brough's car. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

North Beach man dies in motorcycle accident

A North Beach man died Friday afternoon when his motorcycle veered across Solomons Island Road into oncoming traffic and collided with a Jeep Cherokee, Anne Arundel County police said.

Joseph Anthony Zengel III, 51, was southbound on Solomons Island Road, south of Owensville-Sudley Road, when he crossed the double-yellow lines into northbound traffic. Police said Zengel was thrown from his motorcycle after he was struck by a 1999 Jeep Cherokee driven by Lawrence Arnette Windsor, 46, of Upper Marlboro.

Police said Zengel, who was wearing a helmet, died at the scene. Windsor was taken to Prince George's Hospital Center where he was treated for minor injuries and released. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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