Legal wrangling continues over wastewater discharge at mill site
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 11:48
by Nicole Rodman

    Earlier this month, news broke that Hanover, Md.-based Redwood Capital Investments was in talks to acquire a large portion of the former Sparrows Point steel mill site.
    The mill, which closed in June 2012, was purchased by liquidator Hilco Industrial and redeveloper Environmental Liability Transfer the following August.
    News of the potential sale came to light after lawyers for ELT-owned Sparrows Point LLC sought an extension of a  court order allowing treated wastewater (effluent) from the Baltimore City-owned Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant to continue being discharged through pipelines at the former mill site.
    Under the current arrangement, which Sparrows Point LLC seeks to extend until October, the city pays the mill owners $105,000 per month to pump the effluent through the mill site.
    Opened in 1911, the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant is designed to handle 180 million gallons of wastewater per day. The plant serves approximately 1.3 million residents in Baltimore City and Baltimore County.
Amazon meets with community about new warehouse
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 11:46

New fulfillment center at former GM site slated to open in 2015

 by Ben Boehl

    At a July 22 public meeting at Zion Baptist Church of Christ on Broening Highway, local residents finally met face-to-face with representatives of about the online retail giant’s plans for a new warehouse facility in the Dundalk area.        
    In October, Amazon announced a plan to open a one-million-square-foot fulfillment center on the 184-acre former General Motors (GM) property near Holabird Avenue and Broening Highway.
    Amazon also announced in April that a second center, which will be a 350,000-square-foot sorting center, will be built on Holabird Avenue alongside the previously-announced warehouse on Broening Highway.
    While Amazon representatives said at the meeting that the buildings are near completion, the warehouse is not scheduled to open until the spring of 2015. Brian Strohl of Duke Realty, which owns the property, told The Eagle in April that Amazon wanted the buildings ready by Sept 14.

Despite overall decrease in 2013, area led county in reported crimes
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 11:42

Homicides fell 25.6 percent over previous five-year average

 by Bill Gates

    Baltimore County experienced a drop in violent crimes and total crimes in 2013 as compared to the average of the previous five years, according to statistics released by the Baltimore County Police Department.
    Precinct 12, which covers Dundalk, Edgemere and Fort Howard, also saw an overall drop in crime, but still led the county in number of reported crimes.
    “These statistics are a testament to the quality of our police personnel and the soundness of our law enforcement strategies,” Baltimore County Chief of Police James Johnson said in a statement. “which involves identifying trends, understanding why trends occur and directing resources to the problem.”
    Total crime in Baltimore County fell by 5.2 percent as compared to the average of the previous five years, while violent crimes dropped by 5.5 percent.

Dundalk resident, professional drag racer, lives life in the fast lane
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 11:43
 by Nicole Rodman

    Dundalk resident John Gaydosh has always been fascinated by cars.
    For the past 23 years, Gaydosh has lived out this passion as a professional driver in National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) competition.
    Born and raised in Dundalk, Gaydosh became interested in cars at an early age.
    “When I was young, I liked to take everything apart to see how it works ­— that’s how I got started,” he explained.
    “I needed to see how things work, and cars were the next step for me.”
    Following his graduation from Patapsco High School in 1985, Gaydosh entered the U.S. Army. He spent six years in the Maryland National Guard as the motor sergeant in the 29th Military Police Company.
    “I joined the Army to get the training I needed to succeed in the automotive field,” he noted.
    Not only does Gaydosh enjoy working on cars, but he also loves driving them — the faster, the better.
    Gaydosh began his drag racing career in 1991. Since that time, he has won numerous championships — including two in 2008 and another in 2009.
Chief Johnson says officers shouldn’t have met with Staab and Cruz
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 11:38
 by Ben Boehl

    Former state delegate Bob Staab believes the County Council is trying to intimidate him and Eastfield-Stanbrook Civic Association president Karen Cruz. Both are members of the North Point Government Center opposition group Dundalk United.
    Staab told The Eagle that he was speaking at the July 1 council work session. Staab said he was giving a three-minute speech in opposition to the sale and added that other members of Dundalk United applauded his words.  Staab said he was waiting for the applause to end and started to speak again but was told by members of the council that his three minutes were completed. He did not have the opportunity to finish his speech.
    Staab said that he and Cruz were contacted by Cpl. Morgan Hassler of the Baltimore County Police Department for a private meeting about their conduct at the work session.
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