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Third male charged with hate crime in spray-paintings

A third person has been charged with malicious destruction of property and violating Maryland's hate-crime law after racial slurs and vulgar phrases were spray-painted on four Mount Airy homes Monday night, state police said yesterday.

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Justin Eugene Wright, 20, of the 200 block of Watersville Road, Mount Airy, was charged with nine counts of malicious destruction of property and one count of racial or religious harassment, authorities said. Wright was released on his own recognizance to await a court appearance, police said.

Residents in the Friendly Acres neighborhood discovered Tuesday morning that the homes, a car, a sidewalk and two signs had been vandalized, said Sgt. David Warner of the state police Westminster barracks. Racial slurs were painted on at least one house with black residents, Warner said. One home was painted with a slur against gays and another with a reference to being overweight.

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Two teen-age boys were charged earlier in the incidents.

Century plans homecoming before its first graduation

Century High School in Eldersburg will not have its first graduation until the spring, but it will celebrate homecoming next month - complete with a parade in nearby Sykesville.

"We haven't graduated anyone yet, so we have no one to return for a homecoming, but we are having one anyway," said Penny Foster, media specialist and faculty adviser to the Student Government Association at Century, which opened in 2001.

Because many Century students attended Sykesville Middle School, they asked the town for a parade permit. The council unanimously agreed Monday.

The parade is scheduled for 5 p.m. Oct. 23.

Uniontown Road reopens after yearlong project

Construction to improve Uniontown Road between West Main Street at Ridge Avenue and Route 31 has been completed, and the road will reopen to through traffic today, Westminster officials announced.

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The work, which began in September 2002, included new retaining walls, an 8-inch water main, storm drains, concrete curbs and paving.


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