County Executive Leopold Announces Violations Resulting from Inspection in Odenton
Area near double homicide nets at least 18 violations
Annapolis (December 23, 2008) - County Executive John R. Leopold announced today that an impromptu inspection of the area around the Traffic Bar in Odenton has resulted in 18 violations cited by the departments of Health, Inspections and Permits and Public Works.
The County Executive led a team of representatives from each department up Route 175 on December 16, about a month after a shooting left two people killed and two injured. Police arrested four people in connection with the deaths.
"The Police Department did an effective job in following up on these crimes, but there are things we can do as a community to prevent them from happening in the future," County Executive Leopold said. "So-called nuisance crimes, if left unattended, can create a breeding ground for more serious crimes. This Administration will take action to ensure that our neighborhoods are well-maintained and well-lit."
The violations range from illegal signs to junk and debris and unsafe structures. The property owners are given time to fix the violations, or the County will do so, bill the owner and place a lien on the property. Some violations also carry potential fines if they are not fixed.