Regional Digest

REGIONAL DIGEST

October 01, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

In Maryland

State ends its ban on shellfish harvest imposed after Isabel

The Maryland Department of the Environment lifted its ban on shellfish harvesting yesterday, saying that sewage pollution from Tropical Storm Isabel had dissipated enough to allow the oyster season to begin today.

The emergency ban was imposed Sept. 22 because of possible contamination from sewage spills. The storm flooded many home septic systems and knocked out electricity at several wastewater treatment plants, allowing millions of gallons of raw sewage to be dumped into waterways.

When state officials imposed the ban, they had predicted that it would be lifted by the oyster season's Oct. 1 start. The restriction on harvesting razor clams for bait was relaxed Thursday because those shellfish aren't used for human consumption.

`General permit' issued for coastal storm repairs

Maryland environmental officials yesterday issued a blanket "general permit" authorizing the repair and replacement of coastal structures damaged by Tropical Storm Isabel.

Piers, docks, wharfs, bulkheads, revetments, jetties, groins, breakwaters, boat ramps and storm drain outfalls that functioned before the storm may be repaired or replaced without reapplying for permits from the Maryland Department of the Environment. The work must be completed by Sept. 20, 2004, and a single-page registration form must be submitted to the department within 30 days after the project is finished.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers already has issued a similar repair authorization. For more information on the state action, visit the Maryland Department of the Environment's Web site, www.mde.state.md.us, or call the agency at 800-876- 0200.

In Anne Arundel

Construction worker dies in five-story fall at work site

FORT MEADE -- A Pennsylvania man died after he fell from the fifth story of a construction site near Fort Meade on Monday, Anne Arundel County police said.

Gregory Edgar Hepner, 44, of York, Pa., was trying to guide a beam at a site in the 2700 block of Technology Drive about 1 p.m. when he apparently lost his balance and fell, police said. Hepner was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Maryland Occupational Safety and Health is investigating the accident, police said.

In Harford County

Human bone found at pond from instructional skeleton

FOREST HILL -- A human leg bone found at Friends Pond in Forest Hill has been determined to have been part of an instructional skeleton, a spokesman for the Harford County sheriff's office said yesterday.

The leg and partially attached foot bones found Monday were connected with metal wires and screws such as those used in articulating skeletons used to teach human anatomy, spokesman Edward Hopkins said. Growth on the bone indicated that it had been in the pond for several months. Police said it was dredged up by Tropical Storm Isabel.

Police closed the investigation after obtaining the results.

Police searching for 2 men who held up Exxon station

EDGEWOOD -- Two men, one armed, robbed the Emmorton Exxon station in the 1800 block of Old Edgewood Road in Edgewood early yesterday, a spokesman for the Harford County sheriff's office said.

The men entered the store about 1 a.m. and displayed a gun, ordering clerk Anwar Khursheed, 45, to the floor, sheriff's spokesman Edward Hopkins said.

The robbers took less than $500 in cash and cigarettes.

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