Amnesty Day Money Tight

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September 25, 1991

WESTMINSTER — It didn't come as much of a surprise for members of the county's Local Emergency Planning Committee to learn Monday that the county won'tbe able to help pay for its Amnesty Day.

Amnesty Day was sponsored in spring 1990 to offer residents a chance to dispose of such hazardous household materials as paint and cleaning chemicals. But the event was hindered by its own success.

About $10,000 was earmarked for Amnesty Day, but so many residents brought material for disposal that the final price tag was more than $90,000.

Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy attended the committee's monthly meeting Monday and informed the members that county money wouldn't be available in the foreseeable future. Lippy and the committee instead talked about stepping up publicity regarding what residents can do with the household materials.


Crime Solvers, a volunteer group that assists area police, is asking residents to help solve the Crime of the Week.

This week, the group is targeting the Aug. 3 theft at a home in the 7100 block of MacBeth Way in Sykesville.

Police said that between 1 and 8 a.m. Aug. 3, a thief orthieves stole several pieces of patio furniture from the front yard of the home. The police said the three piece set of Raniron patio furniture included a white rocking chair, a white barrel chair and a white upright table.

If you have any information about this crime, orbelieve you may know who is involved, please call Crime Solvers at (800) 562-TIPS. You do not need to give your name, and if your information leads to an arrest, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward.



WESTMINSTER -- A 32-year-old Union Bridge man convicted in July of manslaughter and battery in thestabbing death of a Finksburg man is set to be sentenced today in Carroll Circuit Court.

Donald Allen McCall of Main Street could receive up to 10 years in prison for his role in the Feb. 8 stabbing of 24-year-old Roger Lee Childers.

McCall had been charged with first-and second-degree murder in Childers' death, but a Carroll jury convicted him on the lesser charge after deliberating 3 1/2 hours.

Thejury rejected McCall's claim that he stabbed Childers in self-defense.

The fatal stabbing occurred around 3 a.m. Feb. 8 when a confrontation between the two men that began in E. J.'s bar in Union Bridge started again in front of McCall's apartment building.

McCall testified that Childers called his apartment and began harassing him and then came to his apartment with a group of people looking for a fight.

McCall said he did not mean to take the knife down to the fight with him, but it was in his pants pocket.

But prosecutors contended McCall brought the knife to the fight so he could "guarantee a victory."

Childers died from a single stab wound to the chest from a buck knife.

McCall has remained free since his conviction on $75,000 bond.

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

DATELINE: Sykesville

Village Road: John HenryWilliams, 19, charged Friday with two counts failure to appear and one count each of robbery, assault and theft. Held in the Detention Center on $11,000 full bond.

DATELINE: Westminster

Wimert Avenue: Theft of food stamps from a mailbox Sept. 16. Estimated loss: $141.

Wimert Avenue: Lavelle H. Springer, 22, charged Sept. 16 with one count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Released on $1,000 bond.

Wimert Avenue: Jess A. Maggard, 19, charged Sept. 19 with one count of theft. Released on his own recognizance.

Pennsylvania Avenue: Joanna L. Smith, 29, charged Sept. 19 with one count each of trespass, disorderly conduct and assault. Committed to the CarrollCounty Detention Center and released the same day.

Locust Street:Carson C. Dewees, 61, charged Sept. 19 with one count of battery. Released on his own recognizance.

Krider's Church Road: Theft of twospare tires and rims Sept. 19 from van owned by Carroll Haven. Estimated loss: $236.

South Center Street: Jane L. Brightful, 43, charged Sept. 20 with one count of battery. Released on her own recognizance.

Ewing Drive: Damage to windshield of vehicle parked at residence Sept. 22. Estimated damage: $500.

East Main Street: Melissa Cunningham, 23, charged Sept. 23 with one count each battery, malicious destruction, assault and theft. Released on her own recognizance.

DATELINE: Woodbine

Woodbine Road: Jennifer L. Scherr, 18, charged Sept. 22 with driving while intoxicated. Released on her own recognizance.

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

Sept. 19

10:20 a.m., Sykesville responded to woods and trees on fire on Concord Drive.

11:03 a.m., Winfield responded to a smoke detector activated on Sams Creek Road.

6:49 p.m., Winfield responded to a steam roller on fire on Navajo Drive.

Sept. 20

3:43 a.m., Westminster and New Windsor responded to afire alarm on Stone Chapel Road.

8:12 a.m., Reese responded to a wash detail on Baltimore Boulevard.

11:45 a.m., Sykesville, Winfield, Gamber and Liberty Road responded to the odor of gas in a building on Ridge Road.

3:47 p.m., Reese and Westminster responded to an automatic fire alarm at Rite Aid pharmacy in Finksburg.

Sept. 21

12:11 p.m., Westminster responded to a malfunctioning fire alarm at218 E. Main St.

6:53 p.m., Pleasant Valley and Westminster responded to a call about a kerosene heater on Hughes Shop Road.

Sept. 22

6:43 a.m., Hampstead and Manchester assisted Baltimore County for a grain dryer fire.

10:51 a.m., Manchester responded to an auto fire on Bachman's Valley Road.

11:25 a.m., New Windsor and Union Bridge responded to a fire alarm on Main Street in New Windsor.

12:30 p.m., Mount Airy responded to a gas leak in Frederick County.

3:11 p.m., Sykesville, Winfield and Gamber responded to a trash fire on Smith's Private Road.

Sept. 23

8:13 p.m., Sykesville and Liberty Road responded to an auto fire on Liberty Road.

9:40 p.m., Sykesville responded to an auto fire on Cedar Avenue.

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