Regional Digest


March 13, 2004|By From staff reports

In Howard County

Damage estimated at $3 million in fire at Clarksville home

A raging fire destroyed a Howard County mansion yesterday, causing an estimated $3 million in damage as firefighters hampered by a lack of hydrants were forced to truck in water to battle the flames.

The fire broke out shortly after 5 p.m. in the house owned by developer Frederick W. Kunkle Jr. in the 12700 block of Maryvale Court in Clarksville. More than 80 firefighters responded and brought the fire under control by 6 p.m. But hours later there was still heavy smoke and sporadic flames. The home was estimated to be up to 12,000 square feet in size.

Because there are no hydrants in the semi-rural neighborhood, firefighters had to use about eight tankers to deliver water. Battalion Chief Michael Faith, who leads the fire investigation unit for the Howard County Fire Department, estimated damage to the home and contents at $3 million. The cause is under investigation.

In Talbot County

Democrats endorse plan for Douglass monument

EASTON -- The Talbot County Democratic Central Committee has joined several local organizations in endorsing a contentious plan to build a monument to abolitionist Frederick Douglass on the grounds of the county courthouse.

The County Council will decide Tuesday whether to allow the monument. Douglass was a Talbot native, and the county historical society proposed the plan for the memorial.

Opponents of the proposal say the courthouse grounds should be reserved for memorials to the county's war dead. They are suggesting two public libraries as alternative sites.

In Anne Arundel

Police seek help in search for Pasadena woman, 53

Anne Arundel County police are searching for former Annapolis resident Ophelia Savoy, who disappeared after leaving her new home in the 8000 block of Catherine Ave. in Pasadena at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Police said the 53-year-old woman left her home to walk to a store and did not return. She suffers from psychological problems and moved to Pasadena about two weeks ago.

Savoy is described as a 5-foot-3-inch black woman who weighs 120 pounds. When last seen, she was wearing a black jacket, a white T-shirt and blue jeans. Anyone who sees her is asked to call 911.

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