Home prices increase

The new year greets young couples with an average county home price of $130,000. That's a 72 percent increase in the last four years; in 1986 a median-priced home cost just $75,582. For young families hoping to own their own home, Carroll proves a tough place to start on the American dream. Developers and real estate agents predict prices will continue to rise.

Patrols end

State police end saturation patrols along Route 30 in northern Carroll County. Police began the patrols after an alcohol-related accident claimed six lives there on Sept. 30, 1989. As a result of the patrols, which concentrated on weekends and peak traffic hours, 184 drivers were ticketed for speeding and other moving violations, and six motorists were charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Boyer motions filed

Lawyers for Mount Airy Mayor Linda R. Boyer file several motions following a Frederick County Circuit Court jury's decision last month that she slandered an area developer. The jury awarded the developer, James M. Frey, $775,000. The motions ask that the judge grant a judgment in Mayor Boyer's favor, that a new trial be granted and that damages be reduced.

Griffith criticizes government

Commissioner Jeff Griffith -- citing a Carroll Chamber of Commerce survey in which 66 percent of the respondents wanted a change from the part-time three-commissioner government -- tells a chamber gathering that a new system is "long overdue." The current system is overwhelmed by rapid development and an expanding population, say some officials, residents and activist groups. Griffith says Carroll "badly" needs code home rule government, which would allow the county to enact its own laws instead of passing them through the General Assembly.

More schools

The Maryland Interagency Committee on School construction grants the county $2.6 million to offset the cost of building a fourth elementary school in Westminster. IAC officials also give the public school system the green light to design a new Taneytown/Uniontown elementary school.

Homeless shelter?

A county task force on the homeless studies whether the Salvation Army should operate an emergency shelter for homeless alcoholics and drug addicts. Task force members say finding a place for the shelter won't be easy. "Everybody's all for it except when you want to put it right next to them," says Sylvia V. Canon, manager of emergency services for the county Department of Social Services.

'No' to women in combat

Rep. Beverly B. Byron, D-6th, is opposed to women serving in fighting positions although she praised the fighting done by female soldiers in Panama. "I think women are perfectly capable of handling many roles. I'm just not ready to see us send them into combat units," she says. Congress will be evaluating women's expanding roles in the armed forces during March congressional hearings, which were scheduled before the invasion.

Snowy accident kills man

An unpredicted storm blankets the county with up to 7 inches of snow and contributes to the year's first traffic fatality. Gregory W. Newman, 21, of New Windsor is killed on Route 140 when his car slides across the median into the path of a tractor trailer. Nearly 50 other accidents also are linked to the weather.

Criticism irks Hobbs

Saying he's tired of all the hounding by a citizens coalition, Mount Airy council President R. Delaine Hobbs announces he will not run for re-election in May. He has served continually since first being elected in 1966. He says the recent criticism by the Mount Airy Citizens Coalition is the prime factor in his decision. The self-described watchdog group was formed last year after several citizens opposed the manner in which the town adopted its budget.

Protection isn't cheap

A public safety commission, appointed by the County Commissioners to study problems associated with the county's rapid growth, tells the commissioners the county might need to form its own police department in the 1990s. That will cost taxpayers more than the current system, which relies on the state Resident Trooper Program. Currently the county has about 155 law enforcement officers, including 48 resident troopers, 43 state troopers and municipal police; based on population predictions, the county could need 31 more officers by the year 2000.

Leggett turns 25

Since Leggett department store opened in Westminster 25 years ago, it has been at three locations and has almost doubled its number of employees.

And 74-year-old Norma C. Schlerf of Westminster has been behind one counter or another for the last quarter-century. She's the only employee still working who was there for the store's original grand opening.

Good fences

Farmers got some tips on improving relations with suburban neighbors at the Carroll County Mid-Winter meetings, attended by about 150 people. Many of Carroll's newer residents moved from urban areas and have no background in agriculture. A Howard County farmer offered some advice and reminded farmers that "good fences make good neighbors."

Police search Griffith's car

County Commissioner Jeff Griffith is stopped and his car is searched for drugs after police said they received information from two confidential sources. No charges are filed, and Griffith says he passed a urine test and a lie detector test. Griffith questions the methods of law enforcement officials and the credibility of informants.

Securing Social Services

The county Department of Social Services opens bids on a card-access system to protect workers from unannounced visitors walking into their offices. The department's security plan for the Distillery Drive building followed a January incident in which a man threatened to shoot a Carroll County Circuit judge and an attorney over a child care case. "McDonald's gets bomb threats," said Director M. Alexander Jones. "We are by nature of our work going to have more angry people than Ronald McDonald."

Trailers to town houses

Before 18 town houses can be built on Court Drive in Taneytown, about 22 old mobile homes with peeling paint must be dismantled. Neighbors are happy about the change, but some of the trailers' residents are wondering just where they'll live. One couple and their six children had to move to one of the county's family shelters while they searched for an affordable apartment where children are allowed.

Just say no way

Sen. Charles H. Smelser, D-Carroll, Frederick, Howard, introduces a constitutional amendment requiring the removal from office of politicians convicted of even the most minor drug offenses. "It seems to me if we are going to legislate taking licenses away, we ought to provide for and treat elected officials in a similar manner," Smelser said, referring to a Schaefer administration proposal to revoke the licenses of professionals found guilty of violating drug laws.

Students pass math

Seventy-nine percent of the ninth-grade students in Carroll pass the Maryland Functional Math test, a rate 11 percent higher than the state average.

Keystone meets deadline

The owners of Keystone landfill narrowly meet the deadline to file a cleanup plan. The Pennsylvania landfill submitted its ground recovery and treatment plan to that state's Department of Environmental Resources the day of the Jan. 15 deadline. State officials had set the date as the final extension for Keystone to comply with a 1988 consent agreement to clean up contamination at the 35-acre landfill.

Fire company is 75

Since Feb. 8, 1915, the Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department has been responding to community calls for help. In 1916, an Ajax chemical engine cost $300. Today a new fire engine costs in the $200,000 range. Although no formal celebration marked the birthday, the 120-member organization plans to have a special unit march in upcoming parades.

Call in crime tips

Crime Solvers of Carroll County, a volunteer group that assists area police, installs a toll-free 24-hour tips line, the first in the state. The number is 1-800-562-TIPS.

Crime is up

State police report that in 1989, crime in the county increased 6 percent. "We're not alarmed with that," said 1st Lt. Kenneth L. Tregoning, commander of the Westminster barracks. "That's about normal for the increased growth in Carroll County."

Drug dog at work

"Hash," the drug-sniffing canine member of the Carroll County Sheriff's Department, starts work. When a car is stopped for speeding, he alerts cops to the smell of drugs, and once inside, he reacts to the car's console.

Police find four bags of hashish and one of marijuana and arrest two Taneytown men and a juvenile.

Teacher talks stall

The chief negotiator for the teachers union, Harold J. Fox Jr., halts contract talks after the school board refuses to budge from its final offer of a 5 percent pay raise. Fox says the more than 1,170 teachers cannot afford to settle for less than 7 percent and declares a stalemate. The teachers union will file for state recognition of the impasse.

Political nuptials

Sykesville Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr. marries Ruth Gray, an Annapolis, Md., alderman. The groom is a well-known liberal Democrat, his bride a Republican. But although politics brought them together, it will also keep them apart; they'll maintain separate residences in their respective areas to fulfill residency requirements. The couple plans to see each other on weekends. "He won't be mayor forever and I won't be alderman forever," Gray says.

League pushes charter

The League of Women Voters meets to establish a coalition for charter government. About 40 residents attend. The league, which has supported charter government for years, decided to push the issue because of fears that government is not keeping up with growth, league officials say.

Sewage project nears end

Mayor Elmer C. Lippy Jr. says the first phase of the Manchester sewerage expansion project, which will double the capacity of the sewage treatment plant, should be finished this month. New customers will be added gradually over a 20-year period after the project is completed in 1993, the mayor says. Upon completion, residents' sewer bills are expected to be at least double the current $134 per year.

Four more years

The school board unanimously approves renewing Superintendent R. Edward Shilling's contract for another four years. The approval came more than a year before his current contract is up. "We don't want to lose that kind of leadership," says board member Cheryl A. McFalls. "Someone's always looking to get that kind of person in their system."

AG says no audit

Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran Jr. rules that the county has no legal right to seek a management audit of the schools. Last spring, Commissioners John L. Armacost and Julia W. Gouge proposed hiring an outside consultant to review school spending habits and management practices; school board members accused the commissioners of trying to usurp their role in managing the public school system. Curran concludes state law "limits the county to an audit of the board's financial transactions and accounts."

Griffith saga continues

County Commissioner Jeff Griffith goes to Circuit Court to ask the County Drug Coordinating Committee to reveal the names of the people who told authorities he used marijuana. He has questioned the methods of law enforcement officials and the credibility of informants. No drugs were found when police stopped Griffith's car on Jan. 11, and no charges were filed.

Sex abuse center backlog

Saying that the seven-month-long waiting list deters people from seeking help, Carroll's Sexual Abuse Treatment Center requests a 118 percent budget increase. The proposed $330,923 budget would include three more social workers and clerical and managerial help to eliminate the 50- to 70-person waiting list.

Teacher talks stall

State Superintendent Joseph Shilling declares an impasse in contract talks between the Carroll school board and the teachers union, paving the way for arbitration. The union bargaining team says teachers can't afford to settle for less than a 7 percent pay raise; the board's final offer is 5 percent.

Crutchfield trial set

Gloria Crutchfield, a former Mount Airy woman accused of fatally shooting her boyfriend in 1987, will stand trial for a second time in September. Her first trial was declared a mistrial because she made incriminating statements to a state trooper before he read her her Miranda rights. The Court of Appeals reversed a lower-court ruling that said a second trial would subject her to double jeopardy.

Man finds baby

Raymond Scheufele of Hampstead drove his brother to Upperco, and when he returned to his van for cigarettes he found a newborn baby swathed in a towel and hay. Police charge the boy's mother, 19-year-old Darrellyn Roemer, with child abuse and deny her custody of the baby. Ms. Roemer delivered her son alone in a horse barn. Police and others say she might have abandoned the baby because she was afraid to reveal her pregnancy.

Housing out of reach

A 12-member housing task force, appointed by the County Commissioners, releases two reports on the problem of affordable housing. One report criticizes the master plan to control growth. "While nationally communities are recognizing the need for affordable housing . . . Carroll County is moving in the opposite direction by allowing density to be the primary growth-control tool," task force member Martin K. P. Hill says.

WMC workload changes

The Western Maryland College board of trustees votes to cut the number of classes instructors teach, from four to three a semester. The move will allow teachers to keep up to date in their field and will help such instructors as drama teachers, who direct plays, and physical-education teachers, who coach teams. The new policy also is expected to aid in recruiting instructors. The school will hire some part-time instructors and offer some higher-level courses once a year instead of once a semester.

Top 4-Hers

The 1990 Mr. and Miss 4-H are Trevor W. Wells, 17, of Sykesville and Rachel D. Wagner, 16, of Westminster.

AIDS and fourth-graders

Two parents challenge the school board Wednesday to screen an instructional video on AIDS before approving the new curriculum to teach fourth-graders about the disease. Robert "Bob" Gray, father of three Manchester Elementary pupils, complained that the video contained explicit references to sexual activities; board member Cheryl A. McFalls agreed. But after viewing the tape, the board decides to keep the tape in the program.

Libraries get tough

For the first time, county Public Library officials file criminal charges against patrons accused of not returning library books. Three county residents, charged with the theft of a total of $287.50 worth of books and tapes, had been contacted at least five times before charges were filed, officials said. Conviction could bring an 18-month jail term, a $500 fine or both.

Industrial accident kills man

OSHA officials say the investigation of the accident that killed Martin L. Collins will take one to three months. The 36-year-old Westminster man died when he fell or was pulled into a 20-foot-high paper shredder at the McGregor Printing Corp., state police said. Collin's body was found by a co-worker who was looking for him at quitting time.

Red Cross destroys blood

Red Cross officials destroy two or three units of blood donated by students at Westminster High the same day two youths were arrested there on charges of possession of LSD. The arrests occurred on the same day as a one-day blood drive. Police said one of the students arrested had sold about 30 doses of LSD.

Expanding Manchester

Government officials review the first comprehensive plan for Manchester, which shows a Route 30 bypass through the eastern part of town, expanded residential and business districts and sites for new elementary and high schools. The public will get a chance to comment on the 80-page document at a hearing in mid-May.

Man robs toy store

State police search for a suspect who entered the Toy & Hobby World store in Mount Airy and grabbed a clerk and held a knife to her throat while ordering another clerk to open the cash register. The man tied up both clerks and threatened to kill them if they screamed. Assisted by a bloodhound, police tracked him to the 800 block of Ridgeville Boulevard before losing the trail.

Groundhog causes crash

A groundhog out for a stroll caused a two-car accident on Route 140. The animal darted across the road near Route 97. Several motorists who had spotted the animal stopped, including Matthew Cole, 19, of Owings Mills, Baltimore County. But Kenneth Bowea, 44, of Union Bridge was unable to stop, and his car collided with Cole's Ford Bronco. Bowea's wife was treated and released for injuries at Carroll County General Hospital.

B's closes

After 54 years as a restaurant in the big stone house on Liberty Street in Westminster, B's Coffee Shoppe/ Dining Room announces it is closing.

Patrons were greeted with a sign that read, "New hours, starting March 25 -- None -- It's been fun -- We will miss all of you." The building where B's is located is being sold.

Vo-Tech wins big

Carroll County Vocational-Technical Center students sweep the 17th annual state Vocational Industrial Clubs of America Skill Olympics, winning a record 31 medals. Carroll Vo-Tech was host of the competition for the first time, a home-field advantage for the 53 students competing. Nearly 1,000 total students competed in 47 skill areas, including carpentry, culinary arts, nursing, plumbing and brick masonry.

Teacher dies in accident

Daun K. Scherr, a part-time speech and language pathologist at William Winchester Elementary School, dies from injuries sustained in a March 21 automobile accident. The 30-year-old Reisterstown woman was on the Northwest Expressway on her way to a meeting about children's speech disorders when a northbound car crossed the grass median strip and struck her car. The public schools' Crisis Intervention Team talked with 117 students to help them cope with Scherr's death.

Mine approval nears

Lehigh Portland Cement Co. moves closer to mining in New Windsor following a ruling by the state Department of the Environment. The Hazardous and Solid Waste Management Administration has issued a final determination on Lehigh's water discharge permit, the last step before issuing the permit. Lehigh owns 720 acres southwest of town, and company officials say the mining operation would use 186 acres, including a 66-acre pit.

Census woes

They want to stand up and be counted, but nearly half of New Windsor's 835 residents didn't receive their census forms. The problem isn't limited to small towns. More than 20,000 census forms were returned as undeliverable to the Baltimore post office, including thousands from the suburbs. And many new housing developments were built too recently to be added to the Census Bureau's mailing lists.

Byron battles PAC

For the first time in her 11-year career, U.S. Representative Beverly B.

Byron, D-6th, is requesting campaign money from constituents. Citing escalating campaign costs as the reason in her unprecedented plea to countians, she added, "The invasion of outside political action committees with special agendas into local elections have escalated that cost."

Arundel Corp. loses again

The Arundel Corp. is dealt another setback in its efforts to get a zoning hearing on its plan to establish a Wakefield Valley quarry. A state court ruled that Arundel Corp. must comply with a county ordinance requiring detailed information about mining plans, even though the company's application was submitted before the ordinance was adopted. The information the county is seeking would cost the company at least $500,000 in studies and take one year to provide, a company attorney said.

Environmentally concerned cows

Dairy farmers are turning to shredded newspapers for bedding for their cows. Stan Foltz, an agricultural extension agent in Carroll, says shredded newspaper is a perfect bedding material. "It's very similar to straw, but it's twice as absorbent," he says. Two county dairy farmers are using it, and two more are considering it; farmers using it report savings of $250 to $300 a month.

Farmer's wife denies charge

Judy Schisler, the wife of a farmer arrested for animal cruelty, says her family doesn't mistreat animals and even allows baby farm animals in the house. County officials are monitoring the farm near New Windsor where they found about 50 malnourished or diseased animals and the remains of about 100 cows, horses, pigs and goats. Carroll L. Schisler, 43, and August F. Schisler, 38, each were charged with three counts of animal cruelty.

Portables stay

Manchester's zoning board decides the cost of moving three portable classrooms outweighs aesthetic concerns, ending a bitter turf battle between the town and the school board. School administrators persuaded the zoning board to grant a one-year reprieve from a 1987 court order mandating that the portables be relocated once Manchester Elementary's new wing opened. The school board argued that waiting would save $75,000 because the state plans to remove two of the three portables in the fall of 1991.

Hickman on Griffith search

Although he says he's confident law enforcement officials acted properly, Carroll State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman asks the state attorney general to investigate a police search of Commissioner Jeff Griffith's car for marijuana. In January, Griffith was stopped and his car searched by the County Drug Coordinating Committee after police said they received information from two confidential sources. Griffith never was charged.

Sheriff asks for firepower

Grover N. "Sam" Sensabaugh appeals to the County Commissioners for $9,500 to arm his deputies with 9mm semiautomatics, which are faster and easier to reload than the old six-shot revolvers. The Sheriff's Department is the only police agency in Carroll and the surrounding county that does not have the 9mm weapons, which fire 15 shots.

Low-flying pilot nabbed

Pilot Darren John Gilcher is arrested at the Frederick Municipal Airport after a state police helicopter follows him there. State police saw the Cessna flying at an extremely low altitude, circling homes and buildings.

Gilcher was working for a Syracuse, N.Y., company called American Aerial Scenes, and police said his passenger was apparently taking pictures of the properties to sell to landowners. Gilcher was released on his own recognizance.

Rape shocks community

A 15-year-old Westminster High student is under house arrest after being accused of raping a 14-year-old classmate. The girl told state police she was raped the afternoon of April 25 while waiting for a ride home after she missed the bus. The report rocked the quiet suburban high school.

Developer maps town

An engineering firm retained by developer Henry L. Blevins presents preliminary plans for a 266-home development to Manchester's Planning and Zoning Commission. If Blevins is successful, the 61 acres of gently rolling farmland will become the first large-scale development in the 225-year-old North Carroll town. Prices of the homes, a mixture of single-family and town houses, are expected to be in the $80,000 to $100,000 range.

Town passes budget

Carroll's smallest town becomes the first to pass a fiscal 1990-1991 budget. The $197,598 operating budget is only $9,000 higher than the current budget and maintains the 45-cent tax rate. The owner of an average $130,000 home in the town will pay $239 in municipal taxes, in addition to county property taxes.

LSD flashes back

More than two decades after acid rock, psychedelics and tie-dyed clothing captured the imagination of the 1960s counter culture, some Carroll youths are rediscovering the hallucinogen LSD. Twenty-five students from five county high schools listed LSD as the second most popular drug right now; marijuana is first. At least 10 of the teens said they had either tried acid or knew someone who had.

Ninth-graders are write

Carroll ninth-graders sharpen their pencils and capture a county record on the state's functional writing test, outdistancing all Maryland students except their rivals next door. With a 95.7 percent passing rate, the county had the second highest number of students passing the test, following Frederick County at 95.9 percent. The state average is 88.2 percent.

Too young for AIDS?

Carroll's Curriculum Council grapples with questions of how and when to teach children about AIDS and approves the acquired immune deficiency syndrome instruction proposed for next year's fourth-graders. "In grade four is the unit on the immune system and communicable diseases," says Marjorie R. Lohnes, supervisor of health and economics instruction. "This was a natural place to implement AIDS instruction."

Airport gets grant

The Federal Aviation Administration grants $2.3 million for the expansion of Carroll County Airport, a project that has fallen five yars behind schedule because of limited federal financing. The county plans to extend the runway from 3,230 feet to 5,100 feet, which will allow more corporate jet traffic. The airport had 120,000 takeoffs and landings in 1989.

Johnson beats Moyer

In his first attempt at elected office, Gerald R. Johnson defeats Mayor Linda R. Boyer. The victory pleases the Mount Airy Citizens Coalition, which has been critical of Boyer.

Students suspended

Fourteen students are suspended from Westminster High School after they stage a sit-in to protest the expulsion of a freshman accused of raping a classmate. At least 20 students joined the protest, charging the administration was too swift to punish the boy. Principal Edwin L. Davis ordered the protesters to report to their classes; when they refused, he called the police.

Hickman leaves commission

Carroll State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman says he will step down from the commission that appoints the state special prosecutor after Maryland's attorney general recommended that he resign to resolve an apparent conflict of interest. A special prosecutor could investigate the search of County Commissioner Jeff Griffith's car by the County Drug Coordinating Committee, which is run by Hickman's office.

Dixon decides

Delegate Richard N. Dixon, D-Carroll, announces he will run for a third term in the house. County Democrats are freed from having to choose between the party's two most widely known candidates in a Senate primary. County Commissioner Jeff Griffith had announced last fall he would run for the Senate District 5 seat, a post that had interested Dixon, too.

Boy dies in fire

Three-year-old Jerry McDaniel dies of smoke inhalation after he and his 9-year-old sister, Jenny, fail to escape their burning Taneytown apartment.

Initial reports said the children returned to the burning building after being rescued by firefighters. But in the confusion, the family and tenants believed the children were playing outside when they still were inside.

Jenny McDaniel is hospitalized for extensive treatment and rehabilitation and therapy.

Arbitrator says 5 percent

Carroll's more than 1,180 teachers would receive a 5 percent pay raise this fall under terms of a settlement recommended by an arbitrator chosen to end the impasse in contract talks. Teachers rejected a 5 percent raise three months ago, refusing to settle for less than 7 percent.

New psychiatric unit

Plans for a new psychiatric unit at Carroll County General Hospital grow from the renovation of one floor to a whole new wing. The price tag grows, too, from $400,000 to $2.2 million. The unit will offer acute psychiatric care within a community hospital setting, with the average patient stay lasting about 30 days, a hospital spokeswoman says.

Erosion persists

The Windsor Court tot lot in Westminster's The Greens still is barren, despite promises that the area would be roped off and seeded. Earlier this month, The Greens developer, Peer Construction, paid the state Department of the Environment $4,200 in fines for sediment control violations cited last summer, but the area still is eroding.

Police seek bank robber

State police in Westminster are searching for a suspect who robbed the Ashburton Savings and Loan Association. Police said the man -- described as black, 6 feet tall, with a thin build and short hair -- ordered two employees to open the bank safe, from which he took an undisclosed amount of money. Police said the robber, who did not display a weapon, locked employees in a bathroom and fled.

County to buy property

The County Commissioners announce plans to buy 1.6 acres and an abandoned church building to help ease overcrowding of government offices.

The property, located in Westminster, once served Jehovah's Witnesses. The 5,500-square-foot building will be renovated and used on an interim basis for general office space while the county develops a comprehensive plan to house its growing number of employees, says Steven D. Powell, director of the Department of Management and Budget.

Taxes stay same

The Union Bridge Town Council unanimously approves a $312,900 operating budget, with no tax increase for fiscal 1991. The town will maintain its tax rate at 72 cents per $100 of assessed value.

Secretaries, board agree Carroll school secretaries and instructional aides and the school board reach a tentative settlement. The 200 secretaries and aides would receive a 5 percent pay raise this fall.

A happy holiday

The Maryland State Police in Westminster report that for the second year in a row, no traffic deaths occurred in Carroll over Memorial Day weekend.

Growth highlights plan

Carroll's eight municipalities are absorbing more of the county's residential development, a sign that the blueprint for growth is taking shape, says Marlene Conaway, Carroll's assistant planning director.

Residential use and occupancy permits within municipal limits were issued at a higher rate in 1989 than in any of the preceding four years, says the Department of Planning Annual Report. "Now we're seeing the County Master Plan working," says Conaway.Budget break for taxpayers For the first time in four years, the county commissioners adopt a budget that doesn't raise taxes. The new budget -- a $116.3 million operating budget and a $50.1 million capital budget -- preserves the current tax rate of $2.35 per $100 of assessed value. The budget also calls for an 8 percent rise in spending during fiscal 1991.

Abuser gets 50 years

A 50-year-old Taneytown man is sentenced to 50 years in prison for sexually abusing his oldest daughter from 1968 to 1977. The man was found guilty of six counts of bizarre and brutal sexual abuse by a Carroll County jury in March. In handing down the sentence, Circuit Court Judge Donald J.

Gilmore said the case was "extremely serious." After reading a letter from the victim describing her memories of being raped by her father, he said, "This court has never read such a touching story or seen such a profound impact of a crime on a victim, short of death."

Barn burns

A barn fire started by a fuel leak in a front-end loader causes more than $200,000 in damages, fire officials say. The Millers barn, owned by David Cicon, was destroyed along with its contents: straw, two tractors and a manure spreader.

Shotgun blast hurts youth

John S. Campbell, a 15-year-old South Carroll student, is shot in the chest while at an abandoned farm house with two friends. State police arrest John Robert Wolbert, of the 1100 block Fanny Dorsey Road, after he told police he shot at the youths because he thought they were trespassing.

Wolbert is charged with three counts each of assault with intent to murder, assault with a deadly weapon and assault and battery. Campbell spends nearly a week in the hospital; his father says the boys did not have permission to go in the house but were just exploring.

Into seven figures

For the first time, Mount Airy's budget exceeds the $1 million mark. The Town Council unanimously passes a $1,006,208 budget that retains the property tax rate of 60 cents per $100 of assessed value. The town has a population of 3,875.

Bypass is years away

A proposed four-lane alternative to Route 30 in Manchester is still many years in the making, say state and county officials. The controversial bypass, which could run through 17 homes and a church parking lot, prompted 350 people to attend meetings on the project.

Preserving farmland

The Carroll County commissioners vote to add 15 farms to the agricultural preservation program, bringing the total number of preserved acres to almost 35,000.

Rape charges dropped A 15-year-old Westminster High student, previously charged with raping a 14-year-old classmate, has been found delinquent of performing a perverted act. Charges of rape in the same incident were dropped, and the youth will not have a criminal conviction on his record, said Carroll State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman.

Mayor rules out veto

Sykesville Mayor Lloyd R. Helt says he won't veto the budget approved by the Town Council, but he will refuse to sign it. The 1990-1991 budget will automatically become law if the mayor does not act on it within six days.

The new budget cuts the tax rate from 74 cents per $100 of assessed value to 68 cents. Helt believes the tax cut will leave Sykesville in "financial trouble," limiting the town's ability to provide adequate services for a growing population or pay inflated costs.

Bowersox retires

Paul E. Bowersox, Carroll County's director of pupil services, retires, ending more than 30 years in education. Edwin L. Davis, who has been principal at Westminster High for three years, will replace him, taking over the responsibility for guidance, testing, discipline and alternative education programs for the district's 22,000 students. Sherri-Le W. Bream, assistant principal at Westminster, will become that school's principal.

WMC won't appeal

Western Maryland College will not appeal the county liquor board's decision to withhold liquor licenses for six months, the college's attorney says. The college was charged April 27 with allowing underage bartenders to serve beer, allowing people to leave a campus party with beer and giving false information on liquor license applications. The board also said WMC must revise its procedure for applying for one-day liquor licenses.

Hold the line

Nineteen Carrollton neighbors attend a hearing to protest Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s planned power lines. Growth in the Westminster area requires the additional 10-mile transmission line from Finksburg to Westminster, BG & E officials say. Neighbors say the project would damage wetlands and the cutting down of trees would cause soil erosion and mar the area's beauty.

Insurance helps Boyer

Mount Airy's association with the Local Government Insurance Trust pays off for former Mayor Linda R. Boyer. The trust agrees to cover the $750,000 compensatory damages awarded to James M. Frey following his slander suit against Boyer last December in Frederick County Circuit Court. Boyer has appealed.

Dog's sight spared

The county Drug Coordinating Committee offers to pay the $1,000 cost of an operation for Hash, a drug-sniffing dog with the county Sheriff's Department. Hash had been blinded by cataracts, a problem that was solved by an operation performed at the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University. The money came from assets seized in drug arrests.

Girl is raped

A 13-year-old Taneytown girl tells state police she was raped at an apartment owned by her parents on Piney Creek Road. The girl told police she went to the vacant apartment at 9:45 p.m. where she was confronted by three unidentified males, two of whom were in their mid-teens. The girl tried to run but three men caught her, and two of them held her while one raped her.

Acquittal in child-selling

A 47-year-old Hampstead man accused of being a broker in a child-selling scheme is found innocent of the charges by a Carroll County Circuit Court judge. Judge Donald J. Gilmore acquitted Myron Nolte Almony of the 900 block of Gaming Square because he questioned whether Almony was acting as the middle man in a child-selling scheme or just trying to help the child to a better home.

Pizza farms

Pizza eaters are fueling the demand for cheese, which helps dairy farmers sell their products, says county extension agent Stanley W. Fultz.

It takes 10 pounds of milk to make a pound of cheese. The county's dairy farmers had the second-highest milk production in the state last year, with 248,500 million pounds.

Portables here to stay

When the school doors swing open in September, about 10 percent of the students will be attending school in portable classrooms. The school board, which was forced by soaring enrollments to set up 72 portables in past years, will add 12 more this year. Portables will house 2,184 of the 21,761 county students.

Armacost bows out

Commissioner President John L. Armacost announces that he will not seek re-election to the Board of Commissioners. Armacost has served for two four-year terms. His decision throws open a contest already crowded with 14 candidates.

Turtle torturers

Officials at the county Humane Society are seeking witnesses willing to testify against a group of men who nailed a live snapping turtle to a Taylorsville road sign in June. Society director Carolyn "Nicky" Ratliff says she has received several calls from residents giving the name of the suspects, but no one has been willing to testify. The 25-pound turtle was injured and had to be destroyed.

Building the ballpark

Baltimore Masonry, an Eldersburg company, is awarded the contract to build the exterior brick facade for the new Camden Yards stadium, set to open in April 1992. The $1.2 million contract isn't the company's largest, but it has brought the most attention, says company president Frank R. Campitelli.

8 arrested on 4th

State police arrest eight motorists for driving while intoxicated over the Fourth of July holiday. And, for the second year in a row, no fatal accidents occurred on county roads during the holiday.

Boyer, Frey settle suit

Former Mount Airy Mayor Linda Boyer and developer James Frey agree to an out-of-court settlement in Frey's $3 million defamation suit against Boyer.

A Circuit Court jury in Frederick County found Boyer guilty of defamation and slander against Frey and awarded the developer $750,000 in compensatory damages and $25,000 in punitive damages, a decision Boyer appealed. Frey, president of Frall Developers Inc., agreed to accept $80,000 to be paid by the Local Government Insurance Fund, which insures municipalities and their elected officials.

Sheriff gets his guns

Although the County Commissioners denied his department's request for semi-automatic weapons, Sheriff Grover N. "Sam" Sensabaugh plans to use confiscated drug money to buy 20 of them anyway. The cost of the 9mm semiautomatic handguns is $7,000, Sensabaugh says. In addition to the money from drug busts, the department will trade in its old .38-caliber revolvers to help defray the costs.

AIDS lesson approved

After months of debate, the school board approves a controversial program to teach fourth-graders about AIDS. Students will need parental permission to take the one-day lesson and see a 15-minute videotape explaining the deadly disease. Although a pilot program introduced earlier this year won parental support, a handful of parents told the school board they believed the program could stir an unhealthy curiosity about sex among naive 9- and 10-year-olds.

Upscale development OK'd

The County Planning and Zoning Commission approves a preliminary subdivision plan for 147 homes -- surrounding a private golf course -- at prices ranging from $350,000 to $500,000 per unit. The Challendon development is planned for a 618-acre tract zoned conservation, bordered by Gillis Falls Road and Route 27 northeast of Mount Airy. A site plan for the proposed 18-hole golf course will be submitted and reviewed separately from the subdivision plan.

Day-care costs

Carroll day-care operators of before- and after-school programs call for the public school system to act as a partner rather than a landlord. School officials have announced revised guidelines for using rooms after school, including a fee increase. Day-care associations, which currently pay the same fees as other profit-making community groups, would be charged an annual rate of $2.67 per square foot.

Tales of horror

The trial of two Marston brothers, each charged with three counts of animal cruelty at their 112-acre farm, opens with tales of horror. Chief county animal control officer David R. Stair said 30 percent to 50 percent of the approximately 250 animals on the farm were sick or malnourished and wallowing in their own excrement. In his opening statement, Baltimore defense attorney Roland Walker said the brothers -- Carroll Lynn Schisler, 44, and August "Fred" Schisler, 38, routinely purchase sick animals at auction and nurse them back to health.

On probation

Western Maryland College's campus safety director is reprimanded and placed on probation by a college administrator who charged the director's testimony before the county liquor board tarnished WMC's image. Joseph Owsianiecki was subpoenaed to testify before the board on liquor violations at the college; two days later his supervisor wrote a letter chiding him for failing to give background information "to the point of misrepresentation." County law enforcement sources call the actions against Owsianiecki, the third safety director in three years, the latest chapter in strained relations between a college bent on preserving its peaceful image and a security department confronting student drug and alcohol abuse.

Mount Airy wants more

When 294 Mount Airy residents responded to a survey, they said they wanted more movie theaters and clothing stores, a swimming pool and recreation center and Mount Airy's small-town character to be preserved.

Town administrators, who sent the survey to 1,600 households, say the results will have a bearing on the shape of the town's comprehensive Master Plan, due to be completed in early 1991.

Police seek armed robber

State police in Westminster are seeking a man who robbed a New Windsor woman at gunpoint after she withdrew money from an automatic teller machine. Police said the robbery occurred around 1 p.m. on a Sunday at the Maryland National Bank machine in the Carrolltowne Mall. The victim, who was on her way back to her car, surrendered her money after the suspect threatened her with a six-inch survival knife, police said.

Prosecutor probes case

State Special Prosecutor Stephen Montanarelli begins his investigation into the January search of County Commissioner Jeff Griffith's car by the county Drug Coordinating Committee. Montanarelli said he took the case in June after county State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman resigned from the state commission that selects special prosecutors because of conflict of interest; Hickman's office runs the coordinating committee.

Cash in on recycling

Jackson S. Haden, who owns a Baltimore County trash removal business, gambles that interest in recycling is more than just a fad. He put $2.5 million toward converting the old Congoleum plant in Finksburg into Phoenix Recycling Inc. Carroll County sells to Haden all the recyclables it collects in the red bins placed in towns; after Haden processes the recyclables, he sells them to companies that use the material.

Fire company buys land

The Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company buys 5.5 acres on North Main Street near the intersection of Watersville Road to use as a site for a new station. The company paid $300,000 for the land, and construction is expected to cost about $1.5 million. Firefighters have outgrown the current Main Street station, which has housed the fire company since the mid-1920s.

Whiskey to education

Surprised school administrators laud the county's decision to buy three former whiskey distillery buildings in downtown Westminster for $2.2 million to convert into Board of Education offices. The purchase would relieve severe overcrowding in county government offices and the courthouses for up to 10 years and allow the county government to postpone plans for a new office building, estimated in 1988 to cost $11 million. But school and city officials fear the influx of workers and visitors will overwhelm Westminster's already strained parking system unless a garage is built.

Lost girls are found

Two Westminster girls who decided to take their Barbie dolls on a late-afternoon camping trip cause a five-hour police search involving state and local police, sheriff's deputies, a bloodhound and a helicopter.

Shannon Lee Miller, 6, and Crystal Marie Travis, 9, were found unharmed at Gorsuch and Tannery roads at 9 p.m. by Westminster city police. The girls told Shannon's mother at 4 p.m. they were taking their dolls camping, and when she checked on them a little while later, they were gone.

Police arrest protesters

Two Taneytown residents are arrested by Pennsylvania state police after protesting the existence of a top-secret military installation in Raven Rock Mountain, near the Maryland-Pennsylvania border. Yvonne and James Small, of the 300 block East Baltimore Street, were blocking the entrance to Site R, an alternate military command center that would be used to direct military forces in a nuclear disaster. The Smalls, who were convicted of trespass in a similar protest last year, were joined by about 30 protesters from the Baltimore area.

Rapist to pay

In a precedent-setting case for Carroll County, a Circuit Court jury orders a convicted rapist to pay one of his victims $300,000 in damages.

The jury determined that 26-year-old Dean Edward Tracey intentionally caused a former Westminster resident to suffer emotional distress when he raped her in 1985. Tracey, now an inmate at the Patuxent Institution in Jessup, pleaded guilty to the rape and was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison.

A dangerous prize

A mother complains about a prize won by her 14-year-old son in a ring toss at the Reese Fire Company carnival. For $1, her son won a knife with a 5-inch serrated blade, known as "The Terminator." Fire company officials, who were unaware that a vendor was giving the knives as prizes, assured the mother no such prizes will be available next year.

Oldest are poorest

Carroll's oldest residents are also the poorest, according to the early results of a survey commissioned by the county's Department of Aging.

Director Jolene Sullivan says the study also indicates South Carroll seniors are most in need of services, such as transportation and help paying for prescriptions.

No new guns

County commissioners veto county Sheriff Grover N. "Sam" Sensabaugh's plan to use confiscated drug money to buy new guns for his department. The sheriff had planned to use $7,100 of confiscated drug money to pay for 9mm semiautomatic handguns. The commissioners want more time to look into the legal consequences of using the money to pay for the weapons.

New shopping center?

The Westminster Planning and Zoning Commission approves the general concept plans for The Pavilions shopping center, to be located off Route 31 and Fenby Farm Road. The only commercial property between Westminster and New Windsor, the center will include about 40 stores and possibly a nine-screen movie theater.

CCC's director leaves

Elizabeth D. Blake, who guided Carroll Community College from a sleepy rural campus to a modern school of 2,000 students, resigns as executive director. She will leave just a few days after the long-awaited move to CCC's new campus. She'll be setting up a continuing education center for the University of Maryland, a job that will pay nearly $15,000 more than her CCC job.

A scary finding

Members of the county Drug Coordinating Committee seize their first assault-type weapon during the arrest of a Hampstead man. Assistant State's Attorney Barton F. Walker III and other law enforcement officials call the discovery a dangerous one that could signal the beginning of a more active Carroll drug trade. The "Tech-9" 9mm semiautomatic assault pistol -- along with nine other guns, drug paraphernalia, undisclosed amounts of suspected cocaine and marijuana and more than $700 -- was seized by the committee after the arrest of 24-year-old Louis Sean Donohue of Scarlett Oak Court.

Day-care fee gets OK

The Westminster City Council approves a $400 zoning fee for day-care providers watching seven or eight children, despite concerns that day care would "go underground" to avoid the fee. The fee touched off a storm of protest, but council members -- who reduced the fee from $500 -- say it is necessary to cover zoning hearing costs such as advertising, certified letters and property signs.

A dude ranch?

Robert E. Kegel, a Westminster business owner and beef cattle farmer, seeks approval for a "dude ranch" and inn on his 243-acre farm near Uniontown. Kegel presents plans to the Carroll Board of Zoning Appeals for a commercial recreation area that would include a bed-and-breakfast-style inn with about 10 rooms and an activities building for cattle sales, small rodeos and agricultural exhibits. "We want a place where young families can come in and see what an agricultural farm is all about," says Kegel.

Lawmakers get graded

Two Carroll legislators rank highly among their peers while two others place at the bottom in a score card on environmental votes compiled by a state conservation committee. Delegates Richard N. Dixon, D-Carroll, and Lawrence A. LaMotte, D-Carroll, Baltimore, cast "pro-environment" votes on five out of seven key issues -- such as mandated recycling programs, proposed pesticide bans and reforestation requirements for developers -- selected by the Maryland League of Conservation Voters. Meanwhile, Delegate Richard C. Matthews, R-Carroll, and Sen. Charles H. Smelser, D-Carroll, Frederick, Howard, receive the lowest ranking.

SATs scores slip

County school officials have more questions than answers for the first-ever drop in the Scholastic Aptitude Test scores of last year's high school graduates. The average score on the verbal part of the test was 425, down 14 points from 1989, and the average math score was 469, a 15-point drop, said Allan Butler, supervisor of special programs and assessment. The 1990 results mark the first time Carroll students fall below the state average -- which was 908, down six points from 1989.

Arts out of reach

Marilynn J. Phillips of Hampstead files a complaint with the Maryland Commission on Human Relations charging that 87 percent of the County Arts Council's upcoming events are inaccessible to wheelchair users. Since the early 1970s, federal law has demanded that federally or state-subsidized programs be accessible to the handicapped; records show the Carroll County Arts Council received about $38,000 from the state for events this year.

Among the events not accessible are plays at Western Maryland College's Alumni Hall, bus trips to Washington and New York City and coffeehouse concerts at the County Historical Society.

There goes the judge

Carroll Circuit Judge Donald J. Gilmore announces he is retiring from the bench and is eager to return to private practice. Gilmore, who also serves as Carroll's administrative judge in Circuit Court, was sworn in as judge 13 years ago.

Before the Supreme Court An enduring zoning dispute and legal tussle between Bay Soaring Inc., which runs a glider-ride business, and a group of Woodbine residents is taken to the U.S. Supreme Court. In July, the residents and the County Commissioners filed a petition asking the court to reverse an April ruling by Maryland's highest court that barred local governments from policing the airways. Out of local interests a larger issue has emerged: Who lays down the law for a small rural airport -- local governments or the Federal Aviation Administration? The court is expected to announce in a month if it will hear the case.

Town wants to read

Despite Mayor Edward L. Williar's reluctance to build a library in Union Bridge, he appoints a three-member committee to study the matter. The mayor didn't think the tiny town needed an expensive branch; residents in the town of 967 disagreed. Library officials have requested a $112,900 community branch in their proposed five-year capital budget.

Virus strikes lambs

Two local flocks of sheep are being studied by a University of Maryland veterinarian to learn more about a virus that causes deformed lambs. The Cache Valley virus, first located in Cache Valley, Utah, is spread primarily by mosquito. Westminster farmer Jerry Frock said he lost 37 percent of the lambs born during a two-week period last December, as well as a couple of ewes that couldn't survive the difficult births.

Shopping center protested

Almost 299 unhappy citizens crowd into Westminster Elementary School's lunchroom to protest a proposed shopping center at Route 31 and Fenby Farm Road. Residents in the Wakefield Valley area say they don't want the increased traffic, noise and crime they fear the center would bring.

Residents threaten a boycott of the stores if the center is built and vow to vote the City Council out of office if members approve the project; the City Council later votes unanimously not to allow the project.

Mayor or manager?

The Westminster City Council proposal to strip the mayor of his power by hiring a city manager would leave Mayor W. Benjamin Brown the only figurehead executive in Carroll. Although Brown says he supports the idea of a manager, he opposed the ordinance before the council because it removes his power to oversee city departments by having the council appoint and supervise the manager.

Primary results

Low voter turnout results in an election with few surprises, but there were a few mild shocks; Senate District 5 Republican candidate Larry E.

Haines defeats Sharon W. Hornberger, R-Carroll, Baltimore. County Commissioner hopeful Donald I. Dell, a Westminster farmer, won the Republican primary, outdistancing second-place finisher and lone incumbent Julia W. Gouge by nearly 1,000 votes. Board of Education challenger Joseph D. Mish Jr. topped two-term incumbent Robert L. Fletcher in the school board primary, 5596 to 5133.

Traffic worries planners

The Mount Airy Planning Commission reviews a study conducted by the Baltimore Regional Council of Governments and finds some startling traffic predictions. Traffic volumes will double and triple on some town streets by the end of the century. The study projected an increase in daily traffic from the current 2,530 vehicles to 20,830 in 1999 on Twin Arch Road. It also predicted a jump from 4,780 to 13,140 vehicles on Ridgeville Boulevard between Ridge Road and Main Street.

Controversy on annexation

Mount Airy residents are fuming over a plan to annex 81 acres, currently zoned for agriculture, that would allow a developer to build 120 to 260 town houses and apartments. But the Town Council is studying the annexation request because the developer says the land could provide lots of water to the town, which is struggling to meet its water needs. Some of the 120 people who attended a public hearing pleaded with the council not to approve the annexation simply to obtain water.

No impact fee increase

In a surprise move, the County Commissioners grant a reprieve to developers and citizens who want to build homes in Carroll by deciding not to increase impact fees. The move followed almost a year of debate on the issue. Commissioner Julia W. Gouge cited a slumping economy and real estate market as one reason for rejecting the proposal.

Lost alligator

An 18-inch Caiman alligator disappears from a plastic wading pool in the yard of a Mount Airy couple, only to reappear unharmed a month later. Wayne Kuster -- an animal control officer with Montgomery County -- and his girlfriend, Kim Sabel, had scoured their yard looking for 1-year-old Spot.

The increasing popularity of such exotic pets is prompting the County Commissioners to work on legislation that would set guidelines on keeping such animals.

Police seek driver

The Carroll County Sheriff's Department is searching for the driver of a black pickup that police believe caused a multicar accident on Route 30 near Tracy's Mill Road that left one man dead and others injured. James R.

Cottrell, 43, of Manchester, died of injuries received in the accident, which occurred when the truck, traveling southbound on Route 30, made a left turn into the parking lot of Piper's Wine and Spirit Barn. A police deputy said the truck failed to yield the right of way to a northbound car in which Cottrell was a passenger. The car skidded across the center line into the path of a van, and then the van and car hit a parked truck.

Alford plea entered

Fearing that she could face harsher punishment if convicted of first-degree murder but steadfastly maintaining her innocence, former Mount Airy resident Gloria E. Crutchfield enters an "Alford" plea to manslaughter in Garrett County Circuit Court. With such a plea, she acknowledges that the state has enough evidence to convict her but does not admit guilt.

Crutchfield, 37, was charged with first-degree murder in the 1987 shooting death of her live-in boyfriend, William Richard Lawrence, 46.

Day-care task force

County Commissioner Julia W. Gouge starts a task force to encourage more licensed day-care homes while controlling the impact on towns and neighborhoods. In the meantime the Carroll State's Attorney's Office is launching a crackdown on people who provide day care in their homes without a license.

Cat attacked

A resident of Moxley Street in Mount Airy reports to state police and animal control officers that her cat was shot with an arrow. The cat, Weasel, dragged himself home, and the owner removed the arrow and took the cat to an animal hospital for treatment.

City buys club land

Members of the Taneytown Rod and Gun Club, fearing that an inevitable push of development could ruin their Stumptown Road property, decide to sell it to the city. The rapidly growing city will pay $365,000 for the wooded 20-acre parcel with a three-acre stocked pond and use it as a park.

"With this park, we can always be sure we have some open space to offer our residents," says City Manager Neal W. Powell.

Annexation axed

Frall Developers' plan for projects in the Mount Airy area receives a crippling blow when the Town Council denies the builder's request for annexation of 33 acres off Route 808 in Carroll. The council is considering annexation of 100 acres in Frederick County just north of Prospect Road, but Frall president James Frey said previously that he considered the two projects as one, and that a denial of one would kill the other. The latter annexation could be a valuable source of water for the town, the developer said.

Court turns deaf ear

The U.S. Supreme Court decides not to hear the eight-year-old legal dispute over the Woodbine Glider Port. Now the whole matter returns to the Carroll County Zoning Board, which must rule on whether to issue a new permit for the airstrip after it revoked the original one in 1982.

Residents have demanded for years that the county zoning board amend the air strip's growing permit to restrict operating hours and the number of flights. Airstrip officials countered by saying only the Federal Aviation Administration could regulate the airways.

City manager job created

The Westminster City Council votes unanimously to create a city manager position to answer their questions and handle the day-to-day operations of the city. The council and Mayor W. Benjamin Brown both have supported hiring a manager, but Brown has fought against a council-controlled position, saying it carries out the council's threat last April to strip his limited powers. Brown promised to veto the ordinance and head a citizen-requested referendum on the issue.

Men get raped, too

Women in Carroll report sexual assaults far more often than men do, but the number of men who call the county's crisis hot line to say they have been raped is on the rise. Christine Frey, a volunteer coordinator and counselor at Carroll's Rape Crisis Intervention Service, says 11 of the past 110 calls to the hot line were from men, some of whom said they were raped by groups of women and others who said they were attacked by groups of men. Terry Blevins, manager of the Baltimore and Carroll County Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence 24-Hour Crisis Hot Line, a counseling and referral service, says about 10 percent of the agency's calls are from men who have been raped by other men.

Man sues fire company

David B. Rambol II, 28, of the 2300 block of Susanann Drive, sues theHampstead Volunteer Fire Company and five people for $5 million. The suit, filed in circuit court, claims the fire company was responsible for a beating Rambol received when the five people attacked him during a crowded dance at the fire hall last November. Rambol said in the suit that the fire company was at fault for allowing the fight and not stopping it soon enough; the suit said as a result of the fight Rambol sustained serious, painful and permanent injuries to his head, body and limbs, requiring expensive and ongoing medical treatment.

Commissioner hopefuls busy

As November nears, the six candidates for county commissioner continue to seek strongholds in the niches they have carved throughout the campaign.

Of the Republicans, incumbent Julia W. Gouge champions her experience and ability to provide continuity; Westminster farmer Donald I. Dell promotes his vision of a county preserving its rural character while allowing progress; and Richard T. Yates stresses his austere views on spending.

Among the Democrats, Manchester Mayor Elmer C. Lippy Jr. emphasizes his fiscal conservatism balanced by open-mindedness; Richard F. Will Sr. paints himself as the common sense leader willing to make tough decisions; and Sharon L. Baker identifies herself as the candidate with a social conscience.

Mining approval

The Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission approves a plan by Lehigh Portland Cement Co. to mine limestone on a portion of its land off Route 31 in New Windsor. The commission also recommends that Lehigh be issued a zoning certificate for its entire New Windsor site. The company, which now operates a quarry near its cement plant in Union Bridge, plans to develop the 750-acre site in New Windor gradually; the commission's approval was for the site plan for the initial phase, a 186-acre plot with a 66-acre quarry.

Trout vs. reservoir

While trying to get permits for Gillis Falls Reservoir, a 430-acre lake that would supply South Carroll with water, the county runs into resistance from state officials. Maryland officials are worried about disturbing Gillis Falls, which is designated by the state as a natural trout stream, and 177 acres of wetlands that would be inundated. State regulations prohibit building a reservoir on a natural trout stream. The county is asking for a reclassification of Gillis Falls.

CCC stands tall

Carroll Community College's new $1.5 million cathedral-like building on Washington Road in Westminster is formally dedicated. The 14-year-old college opened its doors with an enrollment of 600 students. Today, 2,300 students are enrolled.

Listeners aid officer When Cpl. Marcie Durham leaves her patrol car to chase a burglary suspect in Sykesville, she doesn't have to worry about losing radio contact with the state police in Westminster. Although her radio signal weakens as she chases the man farther away from her car, citizens listening to scanners and actually watching the chase phone in reports to the state police to update her position. When she corners the man several blocks later in an apartment building, state police arrive and residents help stake out the building.

Reward offered

The state fire marshal offers a reward of up to $5,000 for information about an arson fire that destroyed an historic building at the Union Mills Homestead. Only some charred wooden beams and pieces of the metal roof remain where the building, which was almost 200 years old, had stood. The building was used as a drying shed for the tannery.

Protester gets jail time

Yvonne Small is sentenced by a Pennsylvania court to serve six months to a year in jail for trespassing at a top-secret military installation during a peace vigil last August. Small, her husband, James, and Baltimore resident Richard Ochs were arrested after they blocked the entrance to Site R, an alternate military command center nestled in Raven Rock Mountain. The men pleaded guilty to trespassing and were fined $100; when she was sentenced to a fine last September, Small told the judge she could not in good conscience pay a fine.

Route 30 death

Virginia Agnes Schwartz, 75, of Owings Mills, is killed when her car collides with a train at a crossing on Route 30; a passenger in the car, Marguerite Joan Bosley, 58, also of Owings Mills, is in serious condition at the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Although there is no gate at the railroad crossing, it does have flashing lights and bells. The crash is at least the 30th fatal accident in six years along the 20-mile stretch of Route 30, which state police Sgt. Stephen C. Reynolds has called "the most fatality-prone roadway in Carroll County."

Mourning a friend

Champ Zumbrun, a former Manchester councilman, dies of heart disease at 78. After serving the town from 1977 to 1982, Zumbrun was nominated for the county Board of License Commissioners, which he chaired for the past five years. Zumbrun, a retired sergeant major with the state police, was known as a leader who cared greatly about his community.

Shoppers take note

Two new department stores open in the county: Montgomery Ward & Co. in Cranberry Mall in Westminster and Peebles Department Store in Carrolltowne Mall in Eldersburg.

Report raises questions

State Special Prosecutor Stephen Montanarelli releases a 25-page report that raises concerns about the use of canines in some drug investigations.

The state investigation was spurred by Griffith's allegations that he was set up when his car was stopped and searched -- unsuccessfully -- for drugs on Jan. 11. "It raises the specter that any citizen's vehicle could be contaminated by either rubbing or planting drugs on it," the report said.

"An anonymous call to the (Drug Coordinating Committee) could precipitate a drug sniff without any verification of the caller's information, leading to reasonable suspicion that a crime is being committed."

Interim director named

The Baltimore County Community College's board of trustees names Alan M.

Schuman interim director of Carroll Community College. Schuman, CCC's director of administration, will serve in dual capacity while a committee searches for a successor to Elizabeth D. Blake, who left the post in September.

Maybe, maybe not

Westminster City residents, merchants and council members give mixed reviews to a Downtown Task Force proposal that would make Main Street one way and line one side with diagonal parking. Green Street, which runs parallel to Main, would become one way in the opposite direction. Some merchants said the suggestion might cure downtown traffic and parking woes, citing Frederick as a city where a similar plan has been successful; those opposing the recommendation said it would cause more traffic jams, since Green Street does not run all the way through town.

Town buys land

The Mount Airy Town Council votes unanimously to buy 81 acres of land from Frall Developers Inc. for $1.2 million. Frall had asked the town to annex the land in order to build 120 to 260 town-house and apartment units.

The council had been considering the proposal because the land appears capable of providing large volumes of water to a town struggling to meet its current water needs. Some residents who attended the meeting felt the deal was sound, but others felt the town was being blackmailed for the well.

Republicans win

Republicans return all GOP incumbents to office, win a competitive battle for an open Senate seat and oust a two-tern Democratic sheriff, leaving no doubt as to which party is in charge in Carroll.

Commissioner race

Republican Donald I. Dell is a new County Commissioner, as is Manchester Mayor and Democrat Elmer C. Lippy Jr. Incumbent Republican Julia W. Gouge holds off Richard T. Yates to earn her second term.

Senate race

Republican Larry E. Haines beats Jeff Griffith in the predominantly Democratic Baltimore County portion of District 5, assuring him of victory in his first attempt at public office.

State's attorney

After all the mud settled, incumbent Republican Thomas E. Hickman holds onto his job as Carroll state's attorney by garnering 16,191 votes, just 604 more than his Democratic challenger Jerry F. Barnes. Barnes, who resigned his position as assistant state's attorney under Hickman to run against him, says he is considering private practice.

Sheriff is ousted

The upset of incumbent Democratic Sheriff Grover N. "Sam" Sensabaugh by newcomer John H. Brown is the biggest surprise in Carroll. Brown, a Republican, wins by only 227 votes. The incumbent favored transforming the Sheriff's Department into a countywide police force; Brown favored relying on the state police Resident Trooper Program.

Talk about a tax boost

The County Commissioners pass a law designed to hit drug dealers where it hurts -- in their wallets. The ordinance levies a 50 percent sales tax on illegal drug transactions and requires that all transactions be reported to the tax collector within 10 days of the sale. While lawmakers are aware that dealers won't report their drug sales, they hope it will give them a tool to use in prosecuting dealers. "It will be used if a person is convicted of distribution of drugs based upon a sale," says County Attorney Chuck W. Thompson. "If they have not reported the transaction, they can be charged with a violation of tax law and subjected to additional criminal penalties."

Trees cause dispute

In the fight to maintain Westminster's charm, disputes persist over how many trees can be saved during reconstruction of East Main Street. Current plans call for destroying 43 existing trees and replacing them with 90 new ones, each 12 to 15 feet high. Citizens want to protect nine specific trees, such as the two oaks in front of Cockey's Tavern and the basswood in front of the Shellman House. But Rebecca Orenstein, head of the community group Tree Action, said she was told by a State Highway Administration official that the city could save many more.

Position to be offered

The County Commissioners agree to offer a five-year term on the Carroll Planning and Zoning Commission to Union Bridge dairy farmer Dennis P.

Bowman. Commissioner President John L. Armacost recommended the appointment because Bowman lives in the same area of the county as Stuart E. Six, whose term expired Nov. 1.

Builder unveils plan

The Stanford Management Group unveils plans for a development that could double the population of Union Bridge within 10 years. The Howard County company's proposal calls for construction of 348 single-family homes and 239 town houses with the most concentrated building near Route 75. The development would occur on the 171-acre Phillips property, north of the town.

Carroll places second

Carroll educators are pleased that the county school system had the second-highest overall academic scores in the Maryland School Performance Program. Rated "satisfactory" in reading, writing and citizenship, Carroll only failed to reach the state-set goal in math. Carroll fell just 0.7 percent short of the 80 percent standard.

Redistricting woes

Manchester parents, who are lukewarm on all of the redistricting proposals for North Carroll, particularly oppose a plan that would remove 182 students from Manchester Elementary to attend Hampstead and the new Spring Garden elementaries. Latest enrollment figures show 934 students attending Hampstead, which has a capacity of 550 students, and 942 students attending Manchester, designed for 700. Parents oppose the plan because they want to maintain the sense of community in Manchester; some say they moved to Manchester because of the proximity to the elementary school.

Shortfall greets county

The newly elected Board of County Commissioners -- Democrat Elmer C. Lippy Jr., Republican Donald I. Dell and returning Republican Julia W. Gouge -- assumes office less than a week after the departing board imposed a hiring freeze and asked agencies to cut spending voluntarily to compensate for a projected deficit. The looming $2.5 million budget deficit will guarantee that the new commissioners will not have the luxury of easing into the job.

Crime rate is dropping

Carroll's crime rate for the first nine months of 1990 dropped 13 percent, state police report. The decrease in violent and non-violent crimes locally was in sharp contrast to statewide statistics, which show a 6 percent increase in all crimes and an 11 percent increase in violent crimes.

Day care crackdown set

Officials at Carroll's State's Attorney's Office are continuing their crackdown on unregistered county day-care homes. Representatives of the county Office of Child Care Licensing, along with State's Attorney's Office investigator Bill Dugan, are making surprise visits on homes they suspect are unregistered. Dugan said eight unregistered day-care homes were closed down in the first two weeks of November. When the homes are shut down, Dugan said, their owners are given a warning and are urged to register.

Tax cap is established

The County Commissioners pass an ordinance placing a 10 percent cap on annual increases in property tax assessments. Counties are required to adopt a maximum 10 percent cap before fiscal 1992 begins July 1 under a tax relief law passed during the last General Assembly session.

County and towns talk

Representatives from all eight Carroll municipalities attend the first-ever Town/County Partnership Conference at Western Maryland College, described as a "summit" meeting to promote cooperation between the government entities shaping Carroll's future. The conference provided municipal officials an opportunity to express their concerns about growth and discuss with county staff recommendations designed to preserve agriculture; provide infrastructure, such as roads and sewer systems; and produce affordable housing.

Manchester mulls manager

Town officials are pleased with the selection of two-term Councilman Earl A. J. "Tim" Warehime Jr. as mayor of Manchester, but they are concerned that his full-time job as a technician with Colonial Pipeline will keep him out of the mayor's office most days. Former Mayor Elmer C.

Lippy, who didn't have a full-time job, often spent eight hours a day in the mayor's office, more than earning the $25 a week the part-time job pays. Town officials believe many of the mayor's duties could be best handled by a full-time professional manager, although they have yet to instigate formal proceedings to obtain one.

Dog saves family

At 4:30 a.m. Dec. 1, the Hines family of Finksburg is awakened by the barking and crying of their Shetland sheep dog. When Misty would not quiet down, Dede Hines gets up to investigate and finds Misty scratching and crying at the basement door. When she opens the door, Hines discovers the basement is full of smoke and the oil burner is on fire; damage from the fire, which destroyed the basement, forces the family to seek rental housing until their house can be repaired.

Jury awards $50 million

A Carroll Circuit Court jury awards $50 million to the parents of a 14-year-old boy killed by a drunken driver, the largest cash settlement in county history. The jury hands down the civil judgment against Ralph Bennett Walter Jr., 47, a resident of Taneytown at the time of the 1987 accident, who drove his car across the center line on Route 27 north of Old Manchester Road and into a northbound car driven by Gary Maynard Caudill, who also died. The boy, John C. Golden III of Hampstead, was a passenger in the car; his parents said they filed suit against Walter not for the money, but because they wanted a jury to affirm that a valuable life was lost.

Farm bureau is tops

The Carroll County Farm Bureau and its Women's Group are named best in Maryland at the organization's annual meeting in Ocean City. Carroll, with 1,298 members, has the largest membership of any Farm Bureau in the state.

The areas in which it excelled are: membership, public affairs, national affairs, discussion groups, information, women, young farmers and service to members.

CCGH inherits $600,000

J. Thomas Sinnott, a retired businessman who died last year, leaves Carroll County General Hospital with the second-largest bequest in the hospital's 20-year history. Sinnott, retired president of the Thomas, Bennett & Hunter Inc. construction firm, left the hospital $600,000.

The money will go toward the hospital's capital campaign to raise money for expansion and new services in psychiatry, emergency medicine, surgery, cardiology and women's health.

Woman wins 4-H honor

Bonnie Crispin, a sophomore at Frostburg State University, is Carroll's first 4-H Presidential Tray winner in the program's 69-year history.

Crispin of Hampstead is one of 12 young people across the country who received the club's highest honor at the National 4-H Congress in Chicago; she will serve as a national 4-H ambassador for the year. Along with the engraved silver tray, she also received a $1,500 college scholarship from the Reader's Digest Foundation, and she earned a $1,500 scholarship from the Coca-Cola Foundation for a record book with a 50-page report describing her community activities.

Land values up

Appraised property values for five Carroll election districts increase 34.6 percent over the last three years, just above the state average for reappraised property. The state Department of Assessments and Taxation in Carroll sent the new appraisals to about 16,000 property owners in the Westminster, Taneytown, Uniontown, Middleburg and Union Bridge districts this month. If the county's tax rate remains at $2.35 per $100 of assessed value, residents whose property value increased by the average 34.6 percent will see a 9 percent annual increase in their tax bills in each of the next three years, says a state taxation office spokesman.

Objecting to books

School board member Cheryl A. McFalls objects to the use of two books -- "I Wish Daddy Didn't Drink So Much" and "Sometimes My Mom Drinks Too Much" -- in substance abuse prevention lessons because they do not portray parents as positive role models. "I believe in dealing with alcoholism, but this could be handled without having the mother or father portrayed as an alcoholic," McFalls says. "I'm certainly not naive enough to believe we don't have alcoholic parents in our community." But board members approve the two curriculum guides by a 3-2 vote.

Industrial campus

A committee evaluating the county's zoning laws recommends creating an "industrial campus" district that could make Carroll more competitive in attracting businesses, says Economic and Community Development director James E. Threatte. The zone -- which would allow a mix of manufacturing, offices, research and development commercial and service operations -- would allow Carroll to compete better with surrounding jurisdictions. The city of Westminster is the only Carroll jurisdiction with zoning that permits business park-type development, Threatte says.

Scrooge lives

Mount Airy administrators discover that some 200 of the 800 colored bulbs on the 25-foot town Christmas tree have been smashed. Officials decided last year to leave the strands of lights on the tree to save the cost of having a contractor remove them and then restring them. Since bulbs strung higher than eight feet are intact, town officials suspect the perpetrators are short, young and apparently not consumed by the Christmas spirit.

Crutchfield gets four years

Gloria Crutchfield, who had entered an Alford plea to a manslaughter charge stemming from the death of her boyfriend in 1987, is sentenced to four years in the Maryland Correctional Institute for Women in Jessup.

Garrett Circuit Judge Fred A. Thayer sentenced the former Mount Airy woman.

Crutchfield was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of her boyfriend, 46-year-old William Richard Lawrence, when she decided to enter the Alford plea instead of facing what would have been her second trial. Her first trial, in March 1988, ended in a mistrial when jurors heard state police testimony about statements she made to officers before she was advised of her rights.

Officer gets probation

Robert A. Jones, a 42-year-old resident of the 1400 block of Algonquin Court in Finksburg and a Baltimore police officer, receives probation before judgment following his September conviction on two charges of child pornography. If Jones, a 14-year veteran of the force who has been suspended without pay since his arrest last February, successfully completes his 36 months of probation, the conviction will be wiped from his record. Jones was found guilty of one count of distributing child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography with intent to distribute by Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck.

CCC students protest

Carroll Community College students protest the use of force in the Persian Gulf at a rally in downtown Westminster. About 20 students and teachers rally in front of the Carroll County Public Library, displaying signs that read "Honk if you want peace in the Middle East" and "Support the troops, support peace (and bring them home.)" The rally was sponsored by the Whole Earth Society, a student environmental group that has broadened its scope to tackle other issues, says Ann Weber, a CCC English professor and adviser to the students.

County misses deadline

The county won't have a non-tidal wetlands program to assist developers by Jan. 1, the date on which a new state law imposes tighter restrictions on construction in the environmentally critical areas. Under the Non-Tidal Wetlands Protection Act, Maryland's subdivisions have the right to assume control of the program from the state. A county program ideally would allow more direct and quicker assistance to builders.

Murder suspect denied bail

District Court Judge Francis Arnold denies bail for Edwin F. Downs Jr., 31, charged with the first-degree murder of his wife, Anne Rita Downs, 30.

A state police canine unit recovers a .357 Smith and Wesson handgun in an area in which the Mount Airy man said he had driven his van; it is sent to the crime lab for testing. A preliminary hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. Jan.


Developer plans 309 homes

Montgomery County businessman Claude B. Widerman's proposal for a 309-home development on 124 acres of prime farm land is presented to the Hampstead Planning and Zoning Commission in early December. If the plan is completed, the town could double its population for a second straight decade. The proposal is just the latest large-scale housing project in a town trying to accommodate plans for at least 300 new homes.

CCC search to start

The search for a new executive dean -- a position formerly known as executive director -- of Carroll Community College is expected to begin right after the first of the year. Faye Pappalardo, CCC's director of student services and chairwoman of the search committee, says the six members --including representatives from Carroll and Catonsville community colleges -- expect to meet formally by the end of the month. Alan M.

Schuman, CCC's director of administration, appointed as interim director in October, will not comment on whether he will apply for the position, which pays between $47,129 and $66,000 and will be advertised nationwide.

Rental housing is studied

The Department of Planning has a hunch that Carroll County is short on rental housing, but hopes a new study to be done by a hired consultant will give more information on what government can do about it. The commissioned study will cover the availability of rental housing for all income levels and the need for a Revolving Assistance Loan Fund to help owners improve their property, said Steven Horn, a planner in the department. The loan fund for rehabilitation is available through the state, but the county must show with the study that it is needed here, Horn said.

Taneytown upgrades sewer

Taneytown expects to spend close to $300,000 by spring to modernize parts of the 700,000-gallon sewage system's extensive network of pipelines.

Officials hope the modernization will provide enough added capacity to suffice until early 1994, when a $2 million expansion is planned. The original plant, built in 1954 at a cost of $625,000 and paid for with a 40-year bond, first was upgraded in 1972 at a cost of $144,000 and most recently was upgraded and expanded in 1984 for $1.3 million.

Murder suspect is killed

Audry Simpson, 23, of Randallstown, Baltimore County, is shopping Christmas Eve with friends in Baltimore when police say she is confronted by her estranged husband and shot to death. Less than 20 minutes later and a block away, her husband -- Reginald Simpson, 25, of Westminster -- is shot to death by a man dressed in black. Police say Audry Simpson wanted to tell her husband what she had bought their children for Christmas, but the conversation turned into an argument. A merchant tells police he heard two gunshot blasts and saw the woman fall to the pavement. Police say Simpson ran into a parking garage. As he left, he was assaulted by a man dressed in black. The two men struggled, Simpson's gun discharged and he died.

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