Trial delayed for man accused in wife's...

FREDERICK — Trial delayed for man accused in wife's death

FREDERICK -- A new trial for William Robert Fagan Sr., who is accused of killing his estranged wife, has been postponed until Sept. 9.


The trial had been scheduled to begin in mid-April, but Franklin Stillrich, who heads the public defender's office, asked for a delay. He took over the case in late December.

Mr. Fagan's first trial -- the longest criminal trial in Frederick County -- ended in a mistrial Nov. 29 when a jury couldn't reach a verdict after hearing nearly seven weeks of testimony and deliberating for nine days.


Mr. Fagan, 38, of Monrovia has been jailed since his arrest in November 1992.

He is accused of murdering his wife, Deborah Patricia Fagan, 30. She was shot twice in the head as she sat in her car on a dead-end, undeveloped street about a half-mile from their home Jan. 6, 1992.

Planned Parenthood ad draws complaint


FREDERICK -- Frederick County School Superintendent Dan Gadra said he planned to meet next week with high school principals to talk about a Planned Parenthood ad in a high school newspaper that drew complaints from parents.

Two parents complained after seeing the ad in the Walkersville High School newspaper. The ad listed Planned Parenthood's services and included a coupon for $10 off birth control pills.

Planned Parenthood Director Shari Brown in Frederick said the ad had run for five years at Frederick High School without incident.

Hagerstown theater to have movie preview



HAGERSTOWN -- The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown will play host to a movie preview of "Guarding Tess" on Sunday, five days before the movie's national debut, theater officials said.

The preview will raise money to help the financially troubled theater, which was the site of two days of filming for the movie in April.

The movie stars Shirley MacLaine and Nicolas Cage.

Sharpsburg bank target of burglars



HAGERSTOWN -- Thieves broke into the Jefferson Security Bank in Shepherdstown, W.Va., and the Washington County National Bank of Maryland in Sharpsburg, police said.

The rear door of the Sharpsburg bank was open when Maryland State Police Trooper Mike Kretzer responded to the 1:49 a.m. Wednesday call. Nothing appeared to be missing.

Thieves took an undetermined amount of money left in teller drawers at the bank in Shepherdstown.

Another overnight break-in at Crawford Confectionary in Boonsboro might be related to the other incidents, Washington County Sheriff's Sgt. Doug Mullendore said.

Hearings scheduled on cogeneration plant



CUMBERLAND -- Maryland environmental officials plan to have two nights of hearings next week on the future AES Warrior Run cogeneration plant planned in Allegany County.

The first hearing is scheduled to begin Tuesday with an informational meeting on the proposed plant to be constructed at the Mexico Farms Industrial Park. The second will be held Wednesday evening.

Steve Hase, project manager, said the first hearing would consider emission limits and the second construction permits.

AES is expected to begin construction next year.