April 19, 2004
WELL DRILLER RECEIVES PROBATION FOR FALSE STATEMENT IN ANNE
Joseph J. Grimshaw, 56, of 1858 Woodyard Road, Harrington, Delaware,
pleaded guilty in the District Court of Anne Arundel County to
making a false statement in a well completion report. Judge James
W. Dryden then struck the guilty conviction in favor of placing
Grimshaw on probation for a period of one year.
Grimshaw filed a well completion report with Anne Arundel County
on June 14, 2002, in connection with a residential well that
was constructed at 253 Hidden Valley Road, Anne Arundel County.
The report certified that the well was constructed in accordance
with the law. Inspection of the well indicated, however, that
the well had not been properly grouted. In addition, Grimshaw
indicated on the report that he had installed the pump, though
he later admitted that someone unknown to him did that work.
As special conditions of his probation, Grimshaw is required to
pay a $100 fine and to have no business relations with John Branham.
Branham, the original contractor for the well, paid Grimshaw to
obtain a permit and construct the well. Branham has been prosecuted
by the Office of the Attorney General for well drilling violations
on numerous occasions. The maximum penalty for filing a false statement
in a required report is six months in jail and/or a $10,000 fine.