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Department of Inspections and Permits and Office of Law Announce Results of June Court Hearings

Rhode River Grading Violator Found Guilty and Pays $12,500 in Fines

Annapolis (June 8, 2006) - The Anne Arundel County, Office of Law and the Department of Inspections and Permits announced today the results of the June court proceedings. Each month, these agencies bring unresolved and contested violation cases before the courts. Civil citation cases are always heard on the first Tuesday of the month and injunction cases are heard on the first Thursday of the month in District Court.

On June 1, 2006, Brian A. Conner was found guilty by Judge Robert Wilcox of the District Court of Maryland of a grading violation at Mr. Conner's home at 3920 Germantown Road, Edgewater, Maryland 21037. The violation occurred on June 29, 2005, and consisted of grading and stockpiling dirt, and removing natural vegetation, in the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area without the required grading permit from the Anne Arundel County Department of Inspections and Permits. Judge Wilcox imposed a civil penalty of $5,000 on Mr. Conner for the violation. The violation was investigated by the Anne Arundel County Department of Inspections and Permits, and prosecuted by the Anne Arundel County Office of Law.

The following day, June 2, 2006, Mr. Conner paid the County $7,500 in additional civil penalties for separate violations that occurred on February 23, 2006 at the Rhode River Marina located at 3932 Germantown Road, which is near Mr. Conner’s residence. The Rhode River Marina is owned by Marina Property Management, LLC, a limited liability company of which Mr. Conner is the principal. Mr. Conner did not contest the charges from the February 23, 2006 violations.

The violations at the Rhode River Marina consisted of the construction of piers and a retaining wall without the necessary building permits, grading without a permit, and working over a Stop Work Order, all within the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area. The Anne Arundel County Office of Law is considering whether, in addition to the civil fines already paid, a civil suit will be necessary in order to require the removal or correction of the work performed without County approval.

In other action, the following judgments and orders were imposed:

CHRISTOPHER BRACKENS (d/b/a/ BRACKENS LANDSCAPING), 3913 Mountain Road, Pasadena, was found in contempt and ordered to pay fines totaling $1045.00 plus court costs for work done in violation of County law at 7735 Water Oak Point Road, Pasadena.

JOHNSON LAWN & LANDSCAPING, c/o COLBY JOHNSON, 621 Bestgate Road, Annapolis, was found in contempt and ordered to pay fines totaling $1045.00 plus court costs for work done in violation of County law at 1419 Bayside Drive, Edgewater.

LOUIS COLLETTI of 128 Island View Drive, Annapolis, was found in contempt and ordered to comply with the Court's previous order within 14 days AND return to court on July 11 to review the Defendant’s compliance and give him an opportunity to answer the County's claim for fines and court costs.

HAROLD S. HILL, JR. of 148 Midland Road, Glen Burnie, was found in contempt and ordered to comply with the Court's previous order within 15 days AND return to court on July 11 the County's claim for fines and court costs.

The trial of BERNARD KAMINSKI, III, of 907 Pulaski Highway, Glen Burnie, was postponed due to the Court’s inability to effectuate service. An investigation is ongoing.

 

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