City / County Digest


June 07, 2008

Power failure causes spill in Howard

A dual power failure during Wednesday's storm resulted in a 400,000-gallon sewage spill from Howard County's Little Patuxent Waste Water Treatment Plant in Savage. Two power sources failed at 4:20 p.m., said James M. Irvin, the county public works director. Sewage spilled until power was restored at 4:48 p.m.

The incident marked the first time in two decades that both power sources failed, Irvin said. The plant requires too much electricity to use emergency generators, he said.

Irvin said that residents should avoid contact with river water for 10 days.

Larry Carson

Frederick County


Muslim group denied the use of farmland

The town of Walkersville has formally denied a Muslim group the use of farmland for religious gatherings and started the clock ticking for a possible appeal.

The town's Board of Zoning Appeals voted unanimously Thursday night to approve the written record of its February decision denying a request by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA for an exception to zoning restrictions on 224 acres the group wants to buy.

The landowner's attorney has called the decision discriminatory and says he is considering an appeal or a federal civil rights lawsuit. Anyone objecting to the decision has until July 7 to file an appeal.

Associated Press

Baltimore County


Woman found dead amid house fire

Baltimore County firefighters found an unidentified woman dead in a home at 7 Brecon Place in Cockeysville last night and were investigating what caused the blaze and her death. Firefighters were called to the two-story house shortly before 9 p.m. and discovered a fire in the living room. Firefighters found a woman, about 52, said Division Chief Michael Robinson. Officials did not release her name because they had not notified her family. According to property records, the house is owned by Joseph B. McGarity III and Barbara Ann Davidson.

No one else was home at the time of the fire, and no firefighters were injured, Robinson said.

Tanika White

Carroll County


Woman accused of burning husband

A warrant has been issued for a Carroll County woman who is alleged to have thrown hot cooking oil on her husband, Westminster police said yesterday.

Daniel Patrick Phillips, 45, of the 1800 block of Ewing Drive, was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center for treatment, police said. He was reported in good condition.

Mary Julieanne Phillips, 43, fled after the incident, which occurred about 2:30 a.m. yesterday. Phillips was found about 5:30 a.m. near Loganville, Pa., Pennsylvania State Police said. She is in custody, pending extradition. police said. She is charged with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

Arin Gencer

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