Mayor Nevin won't seek another term; Shoemaker to run

Hampstead Mayor Christopher M. Nevin said yesterday that he will not seek re-election, hours after Councilman Haven N. Shoemaker Jr. announced his plans to run for mayor in the town's May 13 contest.

Shoemaker, a 38-year-old Hampstead attorney who has served on the Town Council for six years, said he is running because "I'm here every day to talk with residents and represent the town."

Nevin, who has been mayor for eight years, said he was stepping aside because his four children and job as a mortgage banker in Baltimore leave him less time to work on town affairs. He said he has accomplished most of the goals he expressed during his first campaign - modernizing the town's growth controls and starting a downtown revitalization effort.

"We've always called Haven the mayor-in-training and he's very well-qualified," Nevin said. "After eight years, I'm ready to hand over the reins."

Medical center reopens after roof cleared of snow

A medical center in Eldersburg reopened yesterday, a day after it was evacuated when sensors indicated that the building's roof was unstable.

Snow was removed Wednesday night from the roof of South Carroll Medical Center and a structural engineer and county building inspector said yesterday morning that the building was safe to reopen, said David Horn, vice president of marketing and business development at Carroll County General Hospital, which owns the center.

"The structural engineer said what we were seeing was very typical under the conditions and once we removed the weight from the roof, it would go back to normal," Horn said. "The roof is designed to show some elasticity and was doing what it was designed to do."

Inspectors said a steel beam in the southwest corner of the building was bowed by the weight of the snow. About 25 people were evacuated about 11 a.m. Wednesday and the building closed for the rest of the day.

Police seek pair who tried to rob gas station

Westminster police were searching yesterday for two men who tried to rob a gas station on Route 140.

A man with a gold-colored semiautomatic handgun approached the entrance to the Cranberry Exxon shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday, but got into a red, two-door vehicle when employees saw him. A second man was driving the vehicle.

Employees described the first man as white, 22 to 24 years old, 6 feet to 6 feet 1 inch tall, 160 to 165 pounds, wearing a black knit cap, a dark-colored jacket and blue jeans. The second man was described as white, about 30 years old with short blond hair.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Westminster police at 410- 848-4646.

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