Judge says trees removed illegally to improve view of Severn River

Crime, Law and JusticeJustice SystemSeverna Park

The owner of a Edgewater-based tree service was convicted Tuesday on three counts of critical area violations for removing dozens of trees in Severna Park, allegedly so the property owners could have a better view of the Severn River, according to Maryland's Attorney General.

Dennis Russell Paddy Sr., 44, of Edgewater, owner of Paddy Stump Grinding, cut down dozens of trees in an expanded buffer area along Bellehahn Court, according to the attorney general. Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Michele D. Jaklitsch sentenced Paddy to perform 80 hours of community service along with 12 months probation, after granting probation before judgment.

The attorney general said more than 70 trees, in diameter of up to 25 inches, were cut or "topped" by Paddy, who was hired by co-defendants Nilos Sakellariou and Kelly Sakellariou; and that the couple sought to open a clear view to the Severn River to increase their property value.

The attorney general's office said Nilos and Kelly Sakellariou are facing more than 60 counts related to permit violations and clearing within a buffer. A trial date for them has not been set.

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