Small Arrested At Site R

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August 07, 1991

SYKESVILLE — A Taneytown resident was one of two men arrested on trespassing charges after refusing to end their protest at Site R, the U.S. Department of Defense nuclear war command post.

James Small, 50, of Taneytown and the Rev. Gregory Wright, 43, of Hagerstown, Washington County,were released on $500 bond.

The two were arrested Sunday after refusing to obey a police order to leave, said Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Clifford Whitmoyer.

Small and Wright were part of a group of 35 anti-nuclear weapon activists who held an all-night protest to mark the 46th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. The protest was organized by the Peace Resource Center of Frederick, whose director is Small's wife, Yvonne.

Part of the protest was an interfaith service, which was led by Yvonne Small.

Small has been arrested three straight years at Site R, the bombproof underground command post the Pentagon would use in the event of nuclear war. Peace groups have staged protests outside thefacility for eight straight years.

"We would like to send a message and perhaps make more people aware of what is being spent on nuclear weapons," Small said. "We have all these other priorities, such aseducation and infant care, that are not being addressed.

"We could use this money much better to help our poor or for education."

Yvonne Small has been arrested at Site R twice. She said she decided not to block the entrance this year because she felt her other arrestswere still unresolved.

In June, a Philadelphia attorney representing Yvonne and James Small, Taneytown resident Wayne Cogswell and five others convicted of trespassing at Site R in August 1989 argued before the Pennsylvania Superior Court that the convictions should be thrown out.

The Smalls and Cogswell were sentenced by Adams County Judge Oscar F. Spicer to one year of probation, 40 hours of community service and $700 fine for that conviction.

Yvonne Small spent 30 days in jail late last year after refusing to pay a fine for trespassing at Site R last August.

She said she wanted to send a message that while she believes Site R is deadly, she also had respect for the law.

"One of the difficulties I had with Judge Spicer was that he was convinced that I had no respect for the law," said Yvonne Small. "I wanted him to know I was willing to wait until the case was resolved and that I have confidence in our legal system."



A 34-year-old Sykesville man was found dead and his 30-year-old companion was discovered unconscious in a parking lot outside a bar about 8 a.m. Saturday.

Dead is Dennis GeraldSeal of the 6200 block of North Walnut Avenue.

Seal's companion, T. J. Bowling Jr., of the 2500 block of Hobbs Road in Glenwood, Howard County, was taken to Howard County General Hospital where he is in the critical care unit, said Howard County Police.

Although the autopsy report is not complete, police say there was no sign of trauma to Seal's body. There were abrasions on Seal's face where he apparently fell, police said.

Police said Seal, owner of Seal Trucking Woodbine, and Bowling had been "drinking heavily the night beforeand into the early morning." The pair was discovered at about 8 a.m., lying near a car in the parking lot at Duke's Place, police said.

The incident remains under investigation.


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Here is a compilation of some of the crime reported to local and state police:


Longwell Avenue: Ring stolen from parked vehicle Aug. 3. Estimated loss: $300.

300 block of Wampler Court: Theft of items from clothesline Aug. 4. Estimated loss: $701.


Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:

Aug. 2

12:23 p.m., Mount Airy responded to a brush fire on Watersville Road.

4:17 p.m., Sykesvilleresponded to a brush fire on Route 32.

5:42 p.m., Sykesville assisted Howard County on a house fire on Bushey Park Road.

Aug. 3

2:37 a.m., Lineboro responded to a woods fire on Alesia Road.

4:22a.m., Manchester responded to an investigation on Millers Station Road.

8:32 a.m., Taneytown responded to a field fire on Keysville Road.

1:09 p.m., Taneytown responded to a brush fire on Mayberry Road.

4:08 p.m., Winfield responded to a field fire on Mail Road.

Aug. 4

7:39 a.m., Pleasant Valley, Westminster and Littlestown from Adams County, Pa. responded to a building fire on Arter's Mill Road.

9:04 a.m., Sykesville and Liberty Road of Baltimore County responded to an automatic fire alarm sounding on Ridge Road.

Aug. 5

8:08 a.m., New Windsor responded to a lawn mower fire on New Windsor Road.

12:47 p.m., Winfield responded to a brush fire on Gilbert Road.

3:27 p.m., Manchester responded to a brush fire on Harvey Yingling Road.

Aug. 6

1:10 a.m., Manchester responded for a brush fire on Gunpowder Road Baltimore County.

4:44 p.m., Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Sykesville responded for an odor of gas in an apartment on East Main Street.

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