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2 county women killed in Taneytown accident

Two Baltimore County women on their way home after a friend's funeral died yesterday afternoon after the car they were in collided with a truck near Taneytown in Carroll County, state police at the Westminster barracks said.

About 1:30 p.m., Jane Apple Eberman, 75, of the 4500 block of Breidenbaugh Lane in Glen Arm was driving a 2002 Toyota Camry on South Pleasant Valley Road when she failed to obey a stop sign, pulled onto Route 140 and her car was struck on the driver's side by a heavy-duty 1993 Ford truck, police said.

Eberman died at the scene. Her passenger, Dolores Mae Myers, 74, of the Trinity Apartments in the 400 block of Virginia Ave. in Towson was airlifted to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she died, police said.

The truck driver, John Chase, 37, of Glenville, Pa., was not injured, police said.

Richard Irwin


Man get 25 years for trying to kill wife

A Woodlawn man was sentenced to 25 years in prison yesterday for running down his estranged wife with his car and then trying to hire an inmate in the Baltimore County jail to kill her to prevent her from testifying.

Charles K. Waller, 43, pleaded guilty in July to one count of first-degree assault for hitting Melissa Waller with his car in May 2006 while she was on her way into the Greater Baltimore Medical Center with her daughter, who was suffering from a high fever.

As the pair walked from the parking garage toward the emergency room entrance, a man in a black Nissan Altima drove past them, backed up and then drove directly toward Melissa Waller, according to court documents. She recognized the man as her estranged husband, a former member of the Air Force and a longtime postal worker against whom she had a protective order.

On the day that Waller entered a guilty plea in the assault case, Circuit Judge Lawrence R. Daniels convicted him of solicitation of first-degree murder for trying to hire a fellow inmate in the Detention Center to kill Melissa Waller.

The inmate provided police with a handwritten note that he said Charles Waller gave him. It included Melissa Waller's name and address as well as a description of her vehicle, her workplace, her work hours, where she parks her car and how she gets into the building where she works, according to court documents.

Daniels sentenced Waller to 25 years for the assault and a concurrent 25 years for murder solicitation.

Jennifer McMenamin


Ex-auditor wants higher pension

The former Baltimore County auditor, who resigned last spring, is pushing for a bigger county pension, with his lawyer accusing the government of using a calculation that is "inconsistent" with state and county laws.

Brian J. Rowe, who now with the Maryland Insurance Administration, filed the appeal with the county Board of Appeals, and the board held a hearing Wednesday. A second hearing is scheduled for Feb. 12.

Rowe announced his resignation in March amid a dispute with the county administration over its pension policy for employees who formerly worked for the state. The policy allows employees to count their years with the state along with years with the county. But the county takes out a percentage of the pension based on the notion that those employees made no contributions to the county pension fund during their years with the state.

Josh Mitchell


Group to commemorate AIDS Day

The Positive Voices of Baltimore will be featured in "Powerful Voices -- Powerful Choices," a commemoration of World AIDS Day, presented by the Steven Kaufman AIDS Outreach Project, a program of Jewish Family Services.

The program will be held from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the University Union at Towson University.

The "Voices," a group of three men living with HIV and AIDS, will share songs and stories, and information will be presented on responsible choices.

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