Arundel Digest

Arundel Digest

April 23, 2003

Police identify man found dead in car in Edgewater driveway

Anne Arundel County police have identified the man found dead late Saturday in the passenger seat of a car parked in a driveway on Oakwood Road in Edgewater.

Stephen Eugene Ballsinger, 50, had no fixed address and did not own the Chevrolet Beretta in which he was discovered, said Officer Charles Ravenell, a police spokesman. Police said the man was an acquaintance of the people who live at the home where he was parked.

At this point, police said, the death does not appear to involve foul play. Officials are awaiting autopsy and toxicology reports from the state medical examiner.

U.S. 50 closed as possible hazardous leak is probed

Part of westbound U.S. 50 was closed for about an hour yesterday afternoon while authorities assessed the danger of a possible hazardous waste leak from a truck.

Shortly after noon, a truck driver with New Jersey-based Freehold Cartage called 911 to report that the hazardous waste that he was transporting may have begun to leak, said Division Chief John Scholz of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.

The driver said he noticed a mist coming from the back of his truck and pulled over. When he opened the back doors, he said he saw a puddle of liquid on the floor of the truck. The substance is believed to be a hydrocarbon that the truck driver was transporting for disposal.

Scholz said it did not appear that any liquid had leaked onto the roadway. The truck was moved to a less-busy area for containment and cleanup.

Man, woman charged in video store holdups

Police believe they have captured the pair responsible for three Blockbuster Video store holdups in the county. In each case, a man with a handgun robbed the store and tied up its employees before leaving. No one was injured in any of the robberies.

Michael John Ryder, 24, of Baltimore and Brittany Ann Benthall, 20, of Leonardtown have been charged with three counts of armed robbery in the Anne Arundel County incidents. The two were arrested this month after an attempted robbery at a Blockbuster Video store in Prince Frederick.

Police said a Blockbuster in Odenton was robbed in December and the Blockbuster on Forest Drive in Annapolis was robbed twice - once in January and once in February.

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