Balloons to mark protest of plans for radio towers


South Carroll residents should see two hot air balloons in the skies tomorrow.

The balloons will hover about 350 feet above the ground and will carry a message from those opposed to radio towers that radio station WCBM-AM is proposing for the Mercer farm on Hoods Mill Road.

"The height will give people an idea how tall the towers will be," said Mike Wheeler, one of several organizers. "If you can see them, maybe you should be at our meeting." At the meeting, organizers will plan their testimony before the board of zoning appeals, which will hear the tower issue on Monday.

The balloon launch from the Wheeler property will be early to capture the eyes of commuters, Mr. Wheeler said.

"My property is the same elevation as the farm, and it's right across the street," he said.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. tomorrow at South Carroll High School, 1300 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield. Information: 549-1287.

Woodbine man pleads guilty to drug possession

Charles Henry Schultz, arrested last spring on charges of possessing drugs within 1,000 feet of a school, pleaded guilty Monday in Carroll County Circuit Court to possessing crack cocaine and owning an unregistered 12-gauge sawed-off shotgun.

In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors dropped charges of possessing crack cocaine with the intent to distribute and violating a drug-free zone.

Schultz, 46, and a friend, Beverly Carol Moran, 35, were arrested March 20 when members of the Carroll County Narcotics Task Force raided Ms. Moran's home on Placid Drive in Sykesville.

Glass vials, an electronic scale, packaging material and 18 grams of crack cocaine were seized, police said. Schultz, who had driven up and entered the home while police were there, had the sawed-off shotgun in his truck. Police said the weapon was less than 18 inches long.

Schultz, of Jenn Drive in Woodbine, and Ms. Moran were charged with possession of drugs with the intent to distribute within a drug-free zone because the Placid Drive residence is within 1,000 feet of Freedom Elementary School.

Ms. Moran pleaded guilty to possession of crack cocaine on Oct. 5 and was sentenced to four years in prison. The sentence was then suspended.

Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. approved doing a presentence investigation report on Schultz. Schultz will remain free on a $75,000 bond pending sentencing on Dec. 13.


Gamber: Gamber responded to a pole fire on Le Mans Court at 6:31 p.m. Monday. Units were out for 15 minutes.

Sykesville: Sykesville was dispatched to a house fire in the 3800 block of Ivory Hill Road in Howard County at 9:40 a.m. Monday. Units were out for three hours. Units from Mount Airy and Sykesville were transferred to Howard County stations for one hour, and one engine from Winfield filled in at Sykesville for one hour.

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