Cecil County Digest

Cecil County Digest

March 21, 2004

Grove Point worries about APG vibrations

GROVE POINT - Residents in this waterfront community in southern Cecil County believe ordinance testing at Aberdeen Proving Ground may be harming the environment.

It is not the noise that has residents concerned, but the vibrations.

Residents worry that the land between their homes and the water could crumble away over the next few years, damaging septic systems and uprooting trees.

Grove Point resident Donald Palmer says a portion of the cliff in front of his house recently collapsed onto the banks of the bay, and he believes testing was the cause.

Citizens recently appealed to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Army Corps of Engineers and officials at Aberdeen Proving Ground for help. The base says it is trying to come up with a response to the complaints.

Elkton man arrested in bank robberies

PERRYVILLE - An Elkton man wanted in a series of area bank robberies was captured a few hours after he is said to have robbed a bank in Baltimore County, according to police.

Police said James Douglas Reed, 29, is a suspect in two other area bank robberies in addition to Monday's robbery of the First National Bank in Perryville.

Police say they believe Reed also held up the Mercantile County Bank in Elkton on March 10 and a bank on Washington Street in Havre de Grace on March 12.

Harford man's trial delayed for evaluation

ELKTON - The trial of a Harford County man on charges of sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl he met on the Internet was postponed pending a psychiatric evaluation.

Paul Neumyer, 32, of Bel Air, is charged with second-degree assault, perverted sex practice, third-degree sex offense and two counts of fourth-degree sex offense.

Police said a man met the teen-ager through an Internet chat room, and she invited him to her residence in Charlestown.

Neumyer was scheduled to stand trial in Cecil County Circuit Court on Wednesday, but his defense attorney, C. Thomas Brown, requested a postponement so his client could undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Neumyer suffers from a "mental disorder" and "lacks the substantial capacity to appreciate the criminality of his conduct," his lawyer said.

Delay is called likely for Perryville police

PERRYVILLE - Cecil County's second-largest town probably will not get its full-time police department until the start of next year, said the town's new police chief.

Until then, the Maryland State Police will continue to assign two resident troopers to patrol the town, Chief Gary Pierce said Wednesday. Pierce, a former sergeant in the state police, was hired two weeks ago to help build Perryville's new department.

Pierce said the department is buying police cruisers and uniforms and will convert the town community center into a police station.

He said the department will emphasize community policing.

Mayor Steven Pearson said Perryville has its share of burglaries, thefts, domestic abuse and illegal drugs.

But one of residents' biggest complaints is speeding, Pearson said.

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