Gatewood Charged with Wetland and Dumping Violations
on Pasadena Property
BALTIMORE, MD (January 23, 2008) - Attorney General Douglas F.
Gansler announced today that charges have been filed in the Circuit
Court of Maryland for Anne Arundel County against Askew W. Gatewood
Jr. for unlawfully filling a wetland, unlawful dumping, construction
without a sediment control plan, and water pollution. The charges
allege that in October 2006, Gatewood allowed the shoreline of
his Pasadena property to be filled with construction and demolition
If convicted of the water pollution charge, Gatewood could receive
a maximum fine of $25,000 and a year in jail. The solid waste count
carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail and a $30,000 fine;
the wetlands charge has a maximum $10,000 fine; and the construction
without sediment control plan has a maximum penalty of $10,000
and a year in jail. Filing of a criminal information is merely
an accusation of criminal wrongdoing. All defendants are presumed
innocent until proven guilty.
These charges follow a joint investigation conducted by the Environmental
Crimes Unit of the Office of the Attorney General, the Maryland
Department of the Environment, the Maryland State Police and the
Anne Arundel County Department of Inspections and Permits. Arraignment
has been set for February 11, 2008.