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Planning to begin for roundabout on Gorsuch Road

The Carroll commissioners gave public works officials permission yesterday to begin planning a traffic roundabout at Gorsuch Road and Center Street outside Westminster.

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Construction is expected to begin next summer, said Public Works Director Douglas Myers.

County officials have regarded the intersection as a trouble spot for several years and expect it to get busier with increased traffic from 2-year-old Winter's Mill High School.

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The engineering firm of Whitney, Bailey, Cox and Magnani LLC recommended a roundabout instead of a traffic light, saying a circle would allow smoother traffic flow than the existing stop signs.

Although the $200,000 estimated cost for the roundabout is double that for a traffic light, public works officials said maintenance costs for the circle would be lower.

Hearing delayed on request for reduction in sentence

A man convicted a decade ago of murdering the son of a Carroll County probation officer will have to wait before a judge will hear his request for a shorter prison sentence.

Timothy Cumberland, 33, formerly of Reisterstown, was expected to ask at a hearing yesterday that his 25-year sentence be reduced to 10 years, but the hearing was postponed because an evaluation of Cumberland by the Patuxent Institution was not complete.

Cumberland initially was sentenced to life in prison with all but 40 years suspended for the murder of Gregory Lamont Howard, 22, who was killed by a shotgun blast to the chest Jan. 28, 1993, on a Westminster street.

In 1995, the Court of Special Appeals overturned Cumberland's first-degree murder conviction and ordered him to stand trial on a charge of second-degree murder. Another jury found Cumberland guilty in 1995 and he received a 25-year sentence.

Cumberland argued in court papers that he should receive a sentence comparable to that of another man convicted in the killing who, like him, was shown not to be the gunman. Cumberland didn't pull the trigger, prosecutors said, but his actions incited a confrontation and led to the fatal shooting.


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