Accident in Talbot kills coupleAn elderly Queen Anne's...

MARYLAND NEWSWATCH

May 05, 1992

BALTIMORE CITY: — Accident in Talbot kills couple

An elderly Queen Anne's County couple standing outside their disabled car on U.S. 50 in Talbot County died yesterday of injuries they received when a car driven by a 73-year-old woman left the roadway and struck them.

Pronounced dead at the scene was Anna Margaret Mills, 76, of Md. 1 in Grasonville. Her husband, Robert Anderson Mills, 79, was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he died, police said.

State Police said that about 1:30 p.m., Mr. and Mrs. Mills were standing in front of their disabled 1984 Chevrolet Cavalier parked on the shoulder of the highway east of Probasco Landing Road near Easton. An eastbound Cadillac, driven by Mary E. Foster of Chester, left the roadway and crashed into the back of the Cavalier, driving it into the Millses, police said.

Mrs. Foster was taken to Easton Memorial Hospital for observation. Police said traffic charges against her were pending.

The Schmoke administration has introduced a bill in the City Council that would raise property taxes in downtown Baltimore to pay for increased security and sanitation services.

The "downtown management district," as the area is called in the bill introduced yesterday, would be 90 commercial blocks that officials say have relatively low crime rates but are deemed unsafe.

Under the proposal, the tax surcharge would not exceed 30 cents for each $100 of a property's assessed value -- slightly more than 5 percent of the city's $5.90 tax rate. The exact fee would be set by the Board of Estimates.

The money raised by the tax surcharge -- an estimated $2.3 million -- would be used to hire more sanitation workers and security personnel.

The district would be bounded roughly by Centre Street on the north, Greene Street on the west, the Jones Falls Expressway on the east and the south shore of the Inner Harbor.

Anne Arundel:

After practically hauling Sheriff Robert Pepersack before them in irons, the Anne Arundel County Council scolded him for 1 1/2 hours yesterday for spending money on stationery, postage and hubcaps.

Sheriff Pepersack, who is exceeding his budget for the second straight year, is requesting a last-minute transfer of $184,700 to see his office through June 30, the end of the fiscal year. The sheriff's office will run out of money May 15.

Two weeks ago, after he walked out of a hearing on the transfer bill, a furious council subpoenaed Sheriff Pepersack to appear yesterday to answer questions about his spending habits.

The council quizzed the sheriff on expenditures involving relatively small sums -- $75.72 for stationery, $220 for letters to community leaders and several hundred dollars for three sets of hubcaps.

Budget officials said an increase in Circuit Court sessions caused the overrun.

Baltimore County:

A former county sheriff's deputy and a Circuit Court employee were indicted yesterday on charges of stealing $21,256 from the county's home detention program.

But authorities said the two are not accused of working together.

The grand jury indictments charge Louis Wade, the former deputy who headed the home detention program, with stealing $6,289 between December 1990 and April 1992, said Frank Meyer, chief of the investigation division for the state's attorney's office. Also charged was Sharon Alexander, who works for the support and custody division of the Circuit Court, which kept account of the home detention money. She is accused of stealing $14,967 between March 1991 and April 1992, said Mr. Meyer.

Carroll:

Ira Zepp, a 1952 graduate of Western Maryland College and professor of religious studies at the college since 1963, has won his alma mater's Distinguished Teacher award for the third time.

Mr. Zepp was honored Sunday at the college's annual Senior Investiture and Honors Convocation in Baker Memorial Chapel.

Eleanor Davis of the Class of 1962, executive director of Fern

bank Inc. in Atlanta, and 1960 graduate Joseph L. Shilling, the Queen Anne's County school superintendent, received Trustee Alumni awards.

Harford:

The Harford County Council is scheduled to take a final look tonight at a bill that would regulate adult bookstores.

The bill would affect stores whose principal business is selling or renting sexually explicit films and published material. As amended two weeks ago, the measure would require the businesses to pay annual $200 license fees. The original bill called for a $500 annual permit fee.

The bill also would bar future adult bookstores from locating within 1,000 feet of a church, school or residential area.

The bill also would prevent licenses from being given to applicants if they or their spouses or roommates have been convicted of certain crimes, including sodomy, prostitution and rape.

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If the council does not enact the bill tonight, it dies.

Howard:

A truck carrying a large load of manure overturned on Interstate 70 at Md. 94 near Lisbon early today and closed a portion of the highway for several hours, State Police said.

The truck, driven by Willard Sexton, 61, of Glencoe, Ky., went out of control about 4:50 a.m. and spilled its contents across the three westbound lanes.

County firefighters moved the load to the side of the highway. Mr. Sexton was not injured.

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A 25-year-old clerk at an Ellicott City gas station convenience store took a gun away from a holdup man, Howard County police said today.

The clerk, Ossie Spears, was approached by a man armed with a handgun Friday in the Shell Mart on the 8500 block of U.S. 40. The man demanded money.

Police said Mr. Spears overpowered the gunman and took his weapon. The man fled.

Mr. Spears was not injured. Police were looking for a medium-built male in his early 20s wearing a New York Yankee baseball cap.

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