February 7, 2012
After living here in Columbia for 34 years, I thought I had become inured to the oddities and missteps of amateur government. Well, a decorative fountain meant for children to play in the middle of Symphony Woods ("Reviews mixed for planned fountain," Feb. 2) certainly ranks up there with bad software decisions and water flumes that break down. Has anyone ever sat near that same kind of fountain now operating in Fairfax, Va.? What you see there is a constant parade of parents and children and noisy adolescents.
July 13, 1995
The notices Anne Arundel County police slapped on the doors of 19 homes in the Warfield Condominiums Tuesday declared the property, not the tenant, a nuisance. But that was little consolation for some of the residents."My house ain't no nuisance," fumed an indignant William McDonald, 39, of the 8300 block of Pioneer Drive. Police put the notice on Mr. McDonald's door while he was at work. His wife was at home and became so upset after receiving the notice that he left work early.On Monday the state's attorney's office filed a complaint in District Court asking a judge to declare the 19 condominiums nuisance properties because of the drug dealing, shootings, robberies and other crimes that occur in the area.
June 27, 2002
IN A CITY whose too-many homicides are so often the result of complex societal and criminal problems, you'd think authorities would be quick to enforce simple regulations that could help lower the body count. But you'd be wrong. A good example can be found in the city's dealings with a raucous hip-hop club called the Tunnel. Last month, a 19-year-old college student was shot dead during a robbery as he walked toward the Eutaw Street club. In April, a 19-year-old barber was gunned down in his shop after an argument with a man outside the club.
January 9, 2013
We live in a lovely area with nice homes, so why are our thoroughfares so cluttered with illegal signage? Many businesses in Towson, along York Road and Joppa Road, post plastic signs, flashing signs, vertical flags, banners, pennants, etc., for which they do not have permits. Unfortunately, a citizen complaint must be filed for each violation. Citizens can call the county at 410-887-8099 for these unattractive nuisances, but I wish that these businesses could be cited without having to call the county about each one. In the meantime, when you see an attractive business with a well-kept exterior, be sure to tell the owner that you appreciate it!
August 16, 1994
At precisely noon yesterday, 70-year-old William Springs silently watched a bulldozer demolish the home he said he built 40 years ago, the home Anne Arundel County police and prosecutors say had become a public nuisance and haven for drug dealing.The front porch went first. Then the front wall. The T. R. Wilkinson Excavating Co.'s bulldozer swung around to the north side of the house in the 800 block of Mount Zion-Marlboro Road in Lothian. Within an hour, the house was a pile of rubble, the latest victim of State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee's use of the state "common nuisance" law."
October 28, 1994
County workers boarded up a house in Deale yesterday morning after a District Court judge ruled Tuesday that it was a crack house and a nuisance, authorities said.The house is the second boarded up since Friday, and the fifth that State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee has taken action against under the state's nuisance abatement law. Three of the houses were demolished.Paul Alan Warren, 39, the owner of the house in the 5800 block of Swamp Circle Road, has confessed to selling crack to support his drug habit and to letting his friends use crack in his house, officials said.