Regional Recap, January 28, 2011

| January 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

Casino Ground Broken Despite New Complaint. Casino developers and state officials converged Thursday in Anne Arundel County to break ground for a venue that faces renewed opposition.Residents who live next to the site of the slots casino under construction at the Arundel Mills Mall site have appealed a planning office decision that determined traffic requirements were met for what will become Maryland’s largest slots casino.The complaint alleges that the developer, David Cordish, has yet to adequately address traffic concerns as required by law.

Power Failure Causes Wastewater Overflow Into Arundel Creek. Anne Arundel County officials said a power failure during the snowstorm caused some 263,000 gallons of wastewater to overflow in Mill Creek.The Department of Health has ordered an emergency closing of the creek and warned against direct water contact.The power failure occurred during Wednesday night’s storm. Officials say an emergency generator also failed to start.Generator power was restored early Thursday and the pumping station is operating normally.

Pasadena Man Dies After Being Hit By Snowplow. Anne Arundel County police are investigating a hit-and-run collision that killed a Pasadena man during the region’s first major snow storm of the season.Police said the incident happened at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday when 77-year-old Richard Oles was hit by a pickup truck with a snow plow.According to police, Oles was walking in the roadway because plowed snow prevented him from walking on the sidewalk or on the shoulder.Police said the driver did not remain at the scene.

BGE: Power Outages To Last Into Weekend. Damage from Wednesday’s snowstorm was so bad that some utility customers may not have power restored until Sunday, Baltimore Gas and Electric officials said Thursday.The utility company said Thursday that the vast majority of customers still without power should be restored by late Saturday with some scattered outages lasting into Sunday.”The utility has already restored electric service to nearly 160,000 customers — more than 75 percent of all affected customers,” according to a BGE statement.

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