City/county Digest

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

December 21, 2005

Anne Arundel: Glen Burnie

Pedestrian killed on Furnace Branch

A Glen Burnie man died yesterday after he was struck by a pickup truck as he walked along a road, Arundel County police said. Brian Lee Kelliher, 32, of the 7400 block of Furnace Branch Road, was walking on the shoulder near Furnace Branch Road and Country Club Drive about 2 p.m. He was struck by a 1995 Toyota pickup truck after it collided with a 2003 Dodge Neon at the intersection. Kelliher was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center, where he died.

RICHARD IRWIN

Baltimore County: Water service

Drops in pressure to affect 1,000 homes

Sporadic drops in water pressure are likely to affect about 1,000 homes in the Carney and Perry Hall areas of Baltimore County this week while engineers repair a major water line, the county Department of Public Works announced. Water pressure could at times fall to half the normal amount in an area bounded by Gunpowder Falls State Park and Harford, Joppa and Belair roads, but customers are not expected to be without water, according to the announcement. The county expects water service to be affected through Saturday.

School board

Committee formed to study calendar

The Baltimore County school board formed an ad hoc committee last night to make recommendations to the superintendent about the 2007-2008 calendar. The Baltimore County Muslim Council has petitioned the school board to recognize Muslim holidays, and two people have asked the board to rename the winter and spring breaks for Christmas and Easter.

Baltimore: Environment

Company guilty of polluting water

A Baltimore jury has convicted a company of illegally discharging a pollutant into Maryland's waters, the state attorney general's office announced yesterday. Employees of Masons Unlimited LLC were accused of washing residual sludge from a Highlandtown cleaning project down a storm drain. Testing determined that the sludge had a toxic level of lead and came from a project by the company to clean the paint off a building, the attorney general's office said. Circuit Judge Paul A. Smith scheduled sentencing for Jan. 6. The maximum penalty is a $25,000 fine.

Courts

Man gets 10 years for selling cocaine

A 29-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday to serve more than 10 years in prison for selling cocaine. U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Charles Zedrek Williams after he pleaded guilty Sept. 20. According to the statement of facts filed in court, law enforcement agents arrested Williams and his brother after they tried to sell 4 1/2 ounces of crack cocaine to a law enforcement informant. His brother, Randall Williams, also pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 3. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Matthew Dolan

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