SYKESVILLE — Police complex delayed
SYKESVILLE -- Economic troubles have forced a slowdown in work on a $60 million police training complex here, but officials hope to get the project back on track once the economy picks up.
"The delays at this point are primarily because of finances," said John A. Schuyler, executive director of the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions. "We certainly expect it to be completed, but it will take longer to get there."
The 800-acre Public Safety Training Center will eventually employ 180 people and have room for 700 students. It will have training programs for several agencies, including the state police, natural resources police and parks services personnel.
Plans for the center, expected to be about the size of a small community college, call for a firing range, a driver-training facility and a mock-up of an urban environment, said Schuyler.
"We have to bring our police and correctional officers to prepare them for the 21st century. We cannot think about what we did 20 years ago," he said.
But construction on the facility, which is expected to be finished by 2008, is five years behind schedule.
Please report crime tips to these hot lines: 857-TIPS (drugs) and (state police). All calls are confidential and you do not have to give your name.
Here is a compilation of some of the crime reported to local and state police:
Liberty Road: State police reported that someone broke into the Pizza Hut restaurant and stole money from the cash register on April 30.
Woodholme Drive: State police reported that someone broke into the Eastern Microwave's tower station and destroyed property
on April 24.
Ridgeville Boulevard: State police arrested Anthony Low Pitts, 25, of Hanover, Md., and charged him with assault with the intent to commit murder, battery, disorder in a public place and being intoxicated and endangering others. He had allegedly attempted stab David W. Murrah at the Beaver Brooke Inn on May 10. Police also arrested David L. Shuler, 35, with assault for the same incident. Pitts was held in Carroll County Detention Center on $50,000 bond.
South Pleasant Valley Road: Westminster police arrested John Conrad Smith, 45, and charged him with driving while intoxicated on May 10.
Humbert Schoolhouse Road: Westminster police arrested Timothy W. Shank, 23, and charged him with driving while
Madison Street: Westminster police said that Nelson E. Clarke Sr. reported that someone removed the antenna from his car, causing $70 in damage, on May 8.
Old Washington Road: Westminster police arrested Jimmie S. Avery, 43, and charged him with driving while intoxicated on May 9.
Mayberry Road: Westminster police arrested Wayne M. Jones, 24, and charged him with one count of battery on May 10.
West Main Street: Westminster police said that David B. Luby reported that someone entered his house and stole $840 in cash on May 11.
Cranberry Mall: Westminster police said that Clinton G. Fong reported that someone removed the tags off his car while it was parked on May 11.
Charles Street: Westminster police said that Glenn S. Merkle reported that someone stole the stereo system, worth about $400, out of his car while it was parked on the street on May 11.
Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:
9:26 a.m., Mount Airy responded to a woods fire on Interstate 70 in Frederick County.
12:54 p.m., Hampstead responded to a smoke detector sounding on Gaming Square.
2:50 p.m., Sykesville, Winfield, Lisbon and West Friendship responded to an electrical fire on Hoods Mill Road.
8:55 a.m., Hampstead assisted Baltimore County on an automobile fire on Mount Carmel Road.
3:54 p.m., Pleasant Valley responded to an automobile fire on Littlestown Pike.
8:58 p.m., Manchester and Hampstead responded to a fire alarm on Hanover Pike.
5:36 p.m., Gamber responded to a brush fire on Route 32.
9:51 p.m., Union Bridge, Taneytown and New Windsor
responded to a chimney fire on Raywell Avenue.