Baltimore County Digest

Baltimore County Digest

August 05, 2006

Mercury is spilled at service station

Baltimore County fire and state environmental officials found about 2 pounds of mercury spilled in a gas station parking lot and dumpster yesterday.

The mercury was apparently dumped in a trash can on a fuel island at Crown Gas in the 8600 block of Belair Road, said Elise Armacost, a county Fire Department spokeswoman. The trash bag containing the toxic metal was carried to a dumpster, spilling mercury in the parking lot.

Anyone who went to the gas station between 9 p.m. Thursday and 1 p.m. yesterday may have had contact with the mercury, Armacost said. Though the health risk is minimal, anyone exposed may come to Lauman's Home Furnishings, 8650 Belair Road, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today for testing by Maryland Department of the Environment officials.

Those wishing to be tested should come in the same vehicle they drove when they were exposed to the mercury, Armacost said. They also should bring the shoes they were wearing, sealed in a plastic bag. They should enter through the Lauman's parking lot off Silver Spring Road.

Sara Neufeld

Heat emergency

Cooling centers have closed

Baltimore County officials said yesterday that cooling centers that had been open earlier in the week at three senior centers would be closed because of the break in the heat wave.

The centers had been open at the Essex, Lansdowne and Parkville senior centers. The county lifted its heat emergency plan at 4 p.m. yesterday.

Catonsville

Candidates to answer questions

A question-and-answer forum is scheduled for today with candidates for county and state political offices.

Candidates and their staff are scheduled to be available at 2 p.m. at the event, at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, 6633 Johnnycake Road. After opening remarks at 2:45 p.m., the candidates will give three-minute introductory speeches and participate in question-and-answer sessions with the audience.

About 30 candidates, including candidates for the County Council and Circuit Court judge, are expected to attend. Information: www.westviewpark.org.

Towson

Woman charged with neglect

A Baltimore County woman has been charged with neglecting a developmentally disabled woman who was in her care, the state attorney general's office said this week.

Nancy Dewitt, 49, of the 1300 block of Highland Drive was charged Wednesday in Baltimore County Circuit Court with one count of neglect of a vulnerable adult in a May 30 incident in the Towson area, according to the office. A trial is scheduled for Sept. 12.

Catonsville

Nature exhibit at Banneker Park

An exhibition, "Turtles, Tortoises and Terrapins," is scheduled for today at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum.

The presentation, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., is put on by the Mid-Atlantic Turtle and Tortoise Society. It is part of the Summer Saturday Nature Series at the museum, 300 Oella Ave., Catonsville.

Information: 410-887-1081.

Lanes closings

I-95 bridge work next week

The Maryland Transportation Authority plans to close two lanes of Interstate 95 near the Joppa Road overpass during nighttime and early morning hours early next week as contractors work to replace a bridge, according to a news release.

Weather permitting, two southbound lanes will be closed from 9 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday. Two northbound lanes will be closed between 11 p.m. Tuesday and 5 a.m. Wednesday.

The Joppa Road Bridge-Replacement project is part of the I-95 Express Toll Lanes project. The bridge is expected to be finished in 2007.

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