Regional Digest


February 09, 2005|By From staff reports

In Anne Arundel

Woman, 86, injured after being buried under possessions

SEVERNA PARK - An elderly Severna Park woman remained in serious condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday, three days after she was found buried beneath mounds of possessions inside her home, Anne Arundel fire officials said.

About 11 a.m. Saturday, Grace Pipitone, 86, of the 500 block of Alston Place was found by a neighborhood boy, said Capt. Michael Cox, a Fire Department spokesman.

The boy called 911 when he discovered that Pipitone was trapped in the front doorway of her house; her leg was sticking out the front door, Cox said.

Disoriented and suffering from hypothermia, she had most likely been stuck under the pile of books, papers and housewares for several hours, Cox said.

County votes to assume control of golf course

ANNAPOLIS - Anne Arundel County could issue $26 million in bonds and assume control of the financially troubled Compass Pointe Golf Course as soon as late March now that the County Council has approved a takeover plan, officials said yesterday.

The council voted 6-0 with one abstention late Monday to acquire the course from the Maryland Economic Development Corp., a quasi-public agency that has run into cost overruns in developing and operating the course.

County officials say they must finish the final nine holes of the planned 36-hole course this summer so that Compass Pointe, located about six miles south of the Baltimore City line, can begin to generate profits.

"I'm relieved that we now have the go-ahead to finish the course," said County Executive Janet S. Owens, a Democrat who recommended the takeover. "I'm absolutely convinced that over time, this will be a real money-maker for the county."

In Carroll County

Driver charged with leading police on chase from city

WESTMINSTER - A 41-year-old Westminster-area man was jailed yesterday on charges that he led police on a chase from Baltimore City, through Baltimore County and into Carroll.

The driver sped and left the road - at one point heading the wrong way on Route 140 - before he drove through a yard and hit a tree, according to state police and charging documents.

Anthony Ray Atwell of the 1400 block of Brehm Road has been charged with three criminal offenses: malicious destruction of property, possession of an illegal drug and possession of drug paraphernalia, which included suspected crack cocaine and a glass smoking pipe, according to the charging documents.

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