The Evening Sun from Baltimore, Maryland on July 8, 1988 · 52
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The Evening Sun from Baltimore, Maryland · 52

Baltimore, Maryland
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Friday, July 8, 1988
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Newswatch D16 THE EVENING SUN FRIDAY, JULY 8. 1988 Challenge to quarry quashed An Allegany County judge has refused to block a controversial limestone quarry near the U.S. 40 scenic overlook on Martin's Mountain, but the Flintstone area residents opposing the project promise to continue their fight. Circuit Court Judge Gary G. Leasure denied Wednesday the residents' request for a preliminary injunction against WOCAP Energy Resources Inc. and the state Department of Natural Resources, which regulates quarries. In a hearing which began last week, the residents had contended that the state never should have granted WOCAP permission to operate the 58-acre quarry because of the threat it posed to neighboring homes, streams and wildlife. Nearby residents have complained that blasting has cracked their home foundations, lowered property values and affected their drinking-water wells. State natural resources officials have said they have no control over local land-use decisions on where quarries may be located. They have proposed regulations, however, which would give the state broader authority to deny a surface mining permit. Donald Goldbloom, the residents' lawyer, said they still may seek a full trial of their suit, and he noted that they are appealing other regulatory approvals of the quarry, which is being developed to supply stone for construction of the National Freeway through Western Maryland. Applications are pending for three other stone quarries proposed in the area, including two within view from the scenic overlook in a historic district. Warden is resigning: Wayne B. Winebrenner, warden of the Eastern Correctional Institution in Somerset County, acknowledged yesterday that he has resigned effective at the end of July for personal reasons. Winebrenner, 55, a veteran of 30 years in the Maryland prison system, said his resignation is not because of problems at the Eastern Shore prison, but based on the poor health of him and his wife. Kathleen S. Green, 36, of Salisbury, an assistant warden in charge of ECI's west compound since November, has been named acting warden at the prison. Rooming house fire kills two: Two men were killed early today in a rooming house fire in Easton. The bodies of Charles Benson, 78, and James Kellum, 41, were found on the second floor of a two-story boarding home on Port Street, Deputy Fire Marshal B'ob Thomas said. Seven other people escaped without injury, Thomas said. He said the fire apparently began at 3 a.m. in the second-story room of one of the victims and that is where investigators are concentrating their probe to determine a cause. Fire companies from Easton, St. Michaels and Trappe fought the blaze about two hours. Police car is taken for a ride City While a city policeman was ordering loiterers out of Mount Vernon Place early today, someone entered the officer's V. vSjJ unattended and unlocked marked OujsI' radio car, which had the keys in the ignition, and drove off, police said. The cruiser, a 1987 Chevrolet, contained the officer's cap with shield, a ticket book and a clipboard, police said. The vehicle was recovered about six hours later in East Baltimore. The car did not appear to be damaged and nothing was missing, police said. Police said Officer David K. Ferber, 30, left his car with the keys in the ignition in the 600 block of Cathedral St. at 1:40 a.m. and walked about a block to remove people gathered at Mount Vernon Place after hours. The nine-year veteran returned later to find the patrol car missing. The car was recovered in an alley in the 1000 block of N. Kenwood Ave. about 8 a.m., police said. Drowned woman identified Annapolis police say the woman whose body was found floating in Back Creek Tuesday morning has been identified as Elizabeth Bateman Greenberg, 34, a resident of Annapolis. Police said Greenberg, whose lungs were filled with water, drowned after being struck on the head with a blunt object. Police said it would take several more days before the state medical examiner could release information on what type of weapon was used to kill the woman. Greenberg's body was found about 11 a.m. Tuesday. Police said the condition of the body and other physical factors indicated Greenberg was killed Monday and her body was thrown into the creek. The body was discovered in the creek near the Annapolis Sailing School. The area had been crowded with people watching the Fourth of July fireworks display Monday night, police said. However, no one who attended the fireworks display has come forward with any information about the woman's death or a possible suspect, police said. IT Drug Baltimore County program up for vote County cocaine addicts may benefit from a new outpatient drug treatment program proposed to test ways of cutting the costs of drug treatment, and cutting the long waiting lists as well. If the Baltimore County Council approves the pilot program at its meeting Aug. 1, the county Office of Substance Abuse will use $46,868 in state funds to contract with a Cockeysville-based drug treatment program to begin an intensive, seven-day-per-week schedule for people seeking treatment for cocaine-only addiction. Office Director Michael Gimbel said addicts would receive three nights of counseling in space provided in the county office building in Towson, and attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings on three other nights. They also would attend a Saturday session with their families. Daily urinalysis will be required of the 12 to 15 addicts who would be treated initially. Gimbel said the program hopes to accommodate 50 to 75 people over the program's one-year life span. Gimbel said he is hopeful that this kind of cocaine addiction treatment will work, because cocaine addicts who want help can't get into treatment programs because they are full or so expensive as to be unaffordable. School board picks officers: The Baltimore County school board last night re-elected Donald Pearce president for another year and elected Victor Delibera vice president. Pearce works for a computer firm, while Delibera recently retired. He owned an Essex hardware store. Gov. William Donald Schaefer must still make two appointments to the board, replacing Phyllis Shinomkevitz, who represented the 11th legislative district, and Edward Holmes, who represented the 9th. Their terms expired July 1. Bail revocation rejected ; A Carroll County District Court J I judge has refused a request by the state's attorney's office to trrwM revoke the $125,000 bond set for mS Kevin L. Kern, the Frederick man charged with strangling his wife. Judge Francis M. Arnold allowed Kern to remain free on bond despite a claim last week by an assistant state's attorney that a witness in the case had been threatened. Kern's attorney, Joseph Lyons, told the judge his client had not made the threat. Kern, 30, is accused of killing his wife, Denise Kern, 26, and then dumping her body in a wooded area near Mount Airy. Arnold warned Kern and his family to stay away from witnesses. Source of chemical found The white phosphorus that ignited yesterday after it was unearthed in the Edgewood area of Aberdeen Proving Ground apparently was leftover from the manufacture of munitions during World Wars I and II, a spokesman for the Army post said yesterday. The spokesman, John Yacquiant, said records showed that a building used in munitions manufacturing at the site at the corner of Wise and Magnolia roads was torn down sometime in the 1960s. A backhoe operator laying telephone cable yesterday morning at the site struck a buried holding tank containing the chemical, which burns when exposed to air. No one was injured in the incident, Yacquiant said. The worker was under contract to Comstock Communications. Post officials notified the Maryland Department of the Environment after the 7:40 a.m. incident and consulted state officials on proper disposal methods, said Ray Feldmann, a department spokesman. A hazardous materials team then filled about four 55-gallon drums with the contaminated soil and trucked it to an isolated area of the post to allow the chemical to burn out. Fumes from the chemical are not hazardous, Feldmann said, but burns can result from skin contact. Officials do not know how much of the chemical was buried at the site. Dealer sentenced to 4 years w"---"- A Columbia man has been Uw9- sentenced to four years in prison fWOVvSSrO after being convicted of three counts of distributing cocaine. , J Howard County Circuit Court Judge Robert F. Fischer originally sentenced Roderick L. Bingham to 10 years but suspended six years of the sentence and placed him on five years' probation after his release from prison. Assistant State's Attorney Michael Rexroad said Bingham, 29, of the 6500 block of Fruit Gift Place, was believed to be a major street-level dealer. He was arrested in May after he sold drugs to undercover officers, Rexroad said. Yesterday, Bingham's wife, Bernadette Bingham, testified that she saw no evidence that her husband was a major drug dealer. She said she knew her husband used drugs, but said the family did not live extravagantly. But prosecutors estimated that Bingham may have received a gross income of $30,000 a week from the drug sales. During a 20-day period when his phone was tapped, Bingham had 296 drug-related phone conversations, Rexroad said. Police also arrested 34 others associated with Bingham in the cocaine operation, Rexroad said. From staff and wire reports State said to damage transmissions By Joan Jacobson Evening Sun Staff In his first public statement since a gag order was lifted from the state's case against Cottman Transmission Center, a lawyer for the auto repair company said he will produce evidence showing the state's undercover investigators actually damaged new transmissions while camouflaging them to look used. The state's investigators, visiting Cottman centers in Maryland, posed as customers and were charged hundreds of dollars for unnecessary repairs to transmissions in near perfect condition, according to charges filed by the attorney general's consumer protection division. .... Cottman's lawyer, Stephen Horn, raised the questions about the state's investigative methods during his opening statement yesterday at a hearing before Circuit Court Judge Thomas E. Noel. Noel is considering a request by the state to order Cottman centers to stop telling customers that repair costs cannot be estimated until after they pay between $85 and $225 to have the transmission dismantled. The state also has asked the judge to order Cottman to stop selling unnecessary repairs and other services. The state filed the charges against 11 of 13 Cottman centers in Maryland in January. In June, Noel sealed the files from public view after Cottman's lawyers argued that publicity would hurt the company's business. The Court of Special Appeals subsequently overturned the gag order and unsealed the case at the request of the attorney general and The Sun. Horn told Noel yesterday that he will produce burned transmission parts that are a result of alterations made by a state investigator to trick Cottman employees into thinking the newly rebuilt transmissions were old. He said the investigator lowered transmission fluid and sprayed the transmission pan with a chemical that made the pan look old. Both alterations, said Horn, damaged the transmissions by the time the cars arrived at the Cottman centers. "You're going to know without any doubt the ugly reality of the state's undercover investigation," said Horn. Horn's statements were followed by testimony from eight Maryland car owners who had bad experiences at Cottman centers and then complained to the attorney general's office. They testified that they were told their transmissions had serious problems, although the mechanics could not estimate the repair costs until after the transmissions were removed and dismantled at a cost of about $95. One woman, Kathy Carlock of Baltimore, said she was told by a Cottman worker at a center on Bel Air road that it would cost her between $300 and $400 to "tear down" her 1982 Oldsmobile transmission to find out what was wrong with it. She declined the offer and took her car to another auto shop, which solved her problem for $58, she testified. Others testified that they paid just under or over $100 each to have their transmissions dismantled, then refused to have repairs that were estimated as high as $1,100. Kevin A. Murphy of Silver Spring paid $95 to have the transmission taken apart and then was told it had to be overhauled. He was quoted estimates ranging from $485 to $837 to fix his 1985 Chevette. Instead, he said he took his car elsewhere and had the transmission fixed for $174.23. 8 arrested, $84,000 in drugs seized By Richard Irwin Evening Sun Staff An anonymous tip to Central District police, and a raid on a house in the 2100 block of Sinclair Lane resulted in the arrest yesterday of eight suspected drug dealers and the seizing of about $84,000 worth of cocaine, heroin and marijuana in two incidents. The tip, police said, took drug enforcement agents to an alley in the rear of the 300 block of E. Lanvale St., where they witnessed a 19-year-old male in possession of cocaine. Police said the teen-ager spotted the officers and fled into a nearby house. The police followed and found two men packaging cocaine in the basement and a third man in possession of drug paraphernalia on the second floor. After arresting all four, police searched the Lanvale Street dwelling and recovered an estimated $80,000 worth of heroin and cocaine, an undisclosed sum of cash and drug-packaging materials. Police said the following were charged with possession of drugs with intent to distribute: Michael Scott, 19, of the 3400 block of Park Heights Ave.; Michael Rucker, 26, of the 400 block of W. Lafayette Ave,; Duplin Johnson, 20, of the 500 block of E. 38th St., and Daryl Louis, 20, of the 1800 block of Guilford Ave. All four were being held at the Central District lockup pending a bail hearing. In the second incident, police raided a home on Sinclair Lane and found marijuana and cocaine valued at about $4,000, a police scanner and a loaded handgun. The raid resulted from drug sales to an undercover policeman over the past several weeks. Four other people, including a 17-year-old female, were arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and cocaine. 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