Baltimore County Digest


November 02, 2006


An article in Thursday's Maryland section about a proposed liquefied natural gas facility might have left the impression that state environmental officials had tested sediment in the precise location where the company that wants to build the terminal would dredge. The Maryland Department of the Environment has tested the general area.

Petroleum sediment found at proposed LNG site

State environmental officials presented yesterday test results showing that sediment in the area that would be dredged as part of the proposed liquefied natural gas facility at Sparrows Point contains high levels of petroleum products and other contaminates.

During a meeting of the task force studying the proposal, the officials also said there might be no acceptable place to dispose of the dredge and that converting the sediment dredged into usable material is costly. AES Corp. has proposed building a $400 million LNG terminal at the former Bethlehem Steel shipyard. Tankers would unload the liquid fuel, which would be converted to gas and transported by pipeline to southern Pennsylvania.

Laura Barnhardt

Baltimore County

2 killed in traffic accidents

Two people died in separate vehicle accidents yesterday in Baltimore County, police said.

Lucille Michaels, 76, of Seattle was killed when the 1996 Buick in which she was a passenger collided with a 2004 Kia about 11:30 a.m. at Park Heights Avenue and Starburst Drive in Pikesville, county police said. Police said the Buick, driven by Abraham Friend, was southbound on Park Heights Avenue when it crossed the center line and crashed head on into a Kia, driven by Robert Williamson of the 10900 block of Huntcliff Drive in Owings Mills. Michaels was pronounced dead at the scene.

Friend, 32, of the 6800 block of Williamson Ave. and the three other passengers in the car -Nachala Friend, 29, and her two infant girls - were taken to Sinai Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said. Williamson was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center and was listed in serious condition, police said.

Shortly after 3 p.m., Francis Albert Roth, 30, of the 200 block of Bush Chapel Road in Aberdeen was driving a 1992 Honda Accord west on Philadelphia Road near Raphel Road in Kingsville when he crossed into the eastbound lane, police said. Roth's car collided head-on with a Mack truck hauling a trash container, and he died at the scene, police said. The driver of the truck, Paul Toney, 42, of the 4300 block of Crest Heights Road, suffered a minor leg injury, police said.

Also yesterday, county police identified a man who died in a car accident Tuesday in Dundalk as John Triplett, 37, of Baltimore.

Nick Shields and Dick Irwin


Man charged in police incident

A Towson-area man suspected of trying to run down a police officer who was on crossing guard detail at Towson-area elementary school has been charged with attempted second-degree murder, police said yesterday.

Marquis Dwayne Kearney, 22, of the 1700 block of Chestnut Oak Road also was charged with first-degree assault, driving under the influence, driving while impaired and other traffic-related charges in the incident, county police said. The incident occurred shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday near Oakleigh Elementary School. Kearney was being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center in lieu of $75,000 bail, police said.

Nick Shields


Teen sentenced in sexual assault

A Woodlawn teenager was sentenced to life in prison yesterday for sexually assaulting a woman during a robbery and home invasion, the county state's attorney's office said.

Raymond Vernon, 17, of the 6700 block of Townbrook Drive was found guilty of a first-degree sexual offense and two counts of armed robbery in August for the Dec. 28, 2005 incident, according to court records.

Vernon was tried as an adult because of the severity of the crime.

Julie Scharper

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