Baltimore City Brick Washer Convicted of Water
MD (March 12, 2009) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler
announced today that Frederick Michael Cichorz, 63, of Joppa, was
convicted in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City of illegally
discharging a pollutant into waters of the State of Maryland. The
offense is a misdemeanor in violation of water pollution control
laws. Judge Gale E. Rasin sentenced Cichorz to one year in jail
and suspended all but 30 days to be served on home detention. Judge
Rasin also imposed a fine of $20,000 of which she suspended all
but $7,500 and placed Cichorz on three years probation.
While using a power washer to remove paint containing lead from
a brick building at 509-511 South Dallas Street in Baltimore City,
Cichorz allowed the paint to wash into the street. The wastewater
flowed down the gutter of South Dallas Street to Fleet Street and
into a storm drain.
The conviction follows an investigation conducted by the Environmental
Crimes Unit of the Office of the Attorney General, The Pollution
Control Section of the Baltimore City Department of Public Works
and the Baltimore City Police Department.