Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

February 08, 2006

Man, 26, identified as homicide victim

Anne Arundel County police have released the identity of a man found shot to death this week in Severn. The shooting was the first homicide this year in the county outside Annapolis.

Jonathan Nathaniel Proctor, 26, whose last known address was in the 8200 block of Coates Bridge Court in Severn, was found in the 1800 block of Long Leaf Way about 7 a.m. Monday.

Police said someone walking in the area saw Proctor's body lying in a grassy common area separating two rows of townhouses. When police arrived, a preliminary examination by a medical examiner revealed that Proctor had been shot. Police would not say yesterday how many times he had been shot.

Police had received a call about 1:30 a.m. Monday reporting gunshots in the area of Flintlock Court, several streets from where Proctor was found, police said yesterday, but officers responding to that call found nothing suspicious. During their investigation of Proctor's death, officers found other witnesses who reported hearing shots between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m., said Lt. David Waltemeyer, a police spokesman.

Waltemeyer said it was too early to say whether police have identified suspects or know of a motive.

Police ask that anyone with information about the incident call them at 410-222-8610 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7LOCKUP.

Horse park proposal has panel concerned

The Severn River Commission has expressed concerns about a state proposal to turn the Naval Academy's dairy farm property into a horse park, calling it a "potential threat to both the Jabez Branch and the Patuxent River watershed."

In a letter to County Executive Janet S. Owens, the commission's chairwoman, Lina Vlavianos, recommended "a very thorough and searching review of the [state] Feasibility Study currently underway."

Vlavianos wrote that the "potential impacts from this proposal are enormous." The Maryland Stadium Authority is projecting about 15,000 visitors a week, she noted.

"The Stadium Authority is being disingenuous in the assertion that the agricultural character of the property will be maintained," Vlavianos wrote. "In fact, the impact is likely to be a combination of that of a stadium and a large-scale cattle or hog feedlot operation."

The Owens administration has expressed concern about the potential cost to the county of the proposed horse park.

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