Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

September 17, 2004

Granville Creek remains closed after sewage spill

The emergency closure of Granville Creek in Riva remains in effect this week after a valve failure caused wastewater to spill into the creek. Officials with the Anne Arundel County Department of Health are warning anyone who comes in contact with the creek water to wash with soap and warm water.

The Health Department has lifted its advisory for the Sylvan Shores area of South River. According to water samples taken by the department, the water is in good condition -- meeting Environmental Protection Agency standards.

Academy's Hill Bridge will be closed for work

Hill Bridge, which spans College Creek on the grounds of the Naval Academy, will be closed to vehicle traffic from 5 p.m. Sunday to Oct. 12 while workers install security barriers.

To ease traffic backups during the closure, Gate 4 on King George Street will be open to all academy faculty and staff traveling into the campus from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. For outbound traffic, Gate 4 will be open from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

During construction, Gate 1 will be open 24 hours a day, and Hill Bridge will remain open to pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

Pasadena man injured in motorcycle crash dies

A Pasadena man who was critically injured this week in a traffic accident died yesterday, apparently as a result of the collision, Anne Arundel County police said.

George Roger Black, II, 46, was taken by ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center on Tuesday morning after the motorcycle he was riding struck a car at Aviation Boulevard and Ferndale Road, according to a news release issued by the department.

A hospital spokeswoman confirmed late yesterday that Black had died, but she would not comment on the cause of his death. The driver of the car was not injured in the crash, police said.

Partially nude man taken into protective custody

An Annapolis man was taken into protective custody Wednesday morning after he was found walking partially nude on West Street, Annapolis police said yesterday.

About 10:30 a.m., city police received a call that a naked man was outside in the 800 block of West St. A short time later, officers found the 51-year-old, who was walking down the street clothed only in a hat and a shirt, said Officer Carl Bouie, a police spokesman.

After the man told police that he was looking for a squirrel that had stolen his license -- and was also attempting to take his cigarettes -- he was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center for an emergency evaluation, Bouie said.

Bouie said yesterday that police had not received hospital reports that would indicate whether the man was under the influence of drugs or if he suffers from mental illness.

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