State Digest


July 02, 2008


2 allegedly pointed gun at toddler

Two men have been charged in a home invasion in Funkstown during which a gun was pointed at a toddler's head.

Court documents say Mark Anthony Summerville and Jeffrey Wayne Haynes, both 23, have each been charged with four counts of first-degree assault and other crimes.

FOR THE RECORD - An article in Wednesday's editions about Anne Arundel County's resuming testing of wells near Fort Meade mischaracterized the nature of the dispute between the Pentagon and the Environmental Protection Agency. The dispute involves the cleanup of contaminated groundwater, but officials from the Pentagon and the EPA have said that there is no danger to the drinking water at the post.

According to the documents, armed, masked men broke into a home in the 300 block of S. Antietam St. on Saturday forcing a woman to open her safe and stealing her medication and $500.

Investigators say one of the men pointed a handgun at a 3-year-old girl's head.

Associated Press

UM campus to cut five of 14 staff jobs

The University System of Maryland says it is cutting five of the 14 staff jobs at its downtown Hagerstown campus because enrollment hasn't met projections.

Officials say last fall's enrollment of 396 was 33 short of projections.

The school's executive director, David Warner, says the layoffs will increase efficiency and foster growth in the institution.

The Hagerstown campus was built inside a complex of vacant buildings in what was hailed at the time as a model of smart growth and an anchor for downtown redevelopment.

Associated Press

Anne Arundel

County to resume at-risk water tests

As a federal dispute intensifies over the cleanup of contaminated drinking water at Fort Meade, Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold announced yesterday that the county will resume its efforts to test at-risk homes in the area.

Leopold also sent a letter to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates urging the department to comply with an order by the Environmental Protection Agency that it follow a more aggressive timetable for the cleanup at the Army post.

Pentagon officials, who argue that the health risks are exaggerated, have said the Department of Defense has spent more than $120 million cleaning up contamination from fuel and munitions that trickled for years into soil and groundwater at Fort Meade and at Fort Detrick in Frederick County.

In recent days, the EPA has moved to place Fort Detrick onto its Superfund list of the nation's most contaminated sites. Fort Meade has been on that list since 1998 for numerous contamination sites that include landfills, shooting ranges, ammunition dumps and buried drums of petroleum.

Amid the impasse, Maryland Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski called on Monday for congressional hearings on the Defense Department's refusal to sign the order.

Steven Stanek

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