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MARYLAND NEWSWATCH

July 14, 1992

BALTIMORE CITY: — MTA plans to adapt rail stations

The Mass Transit Administration will accept public comment during hearings tomorrow and Thursday on a plan to make key commuter rail stations accessible to the disabled.

The plan calls for 19 of the 38 Maryland Rail Commuter (MARC) stations to be made accessible to people with disabilities, including those who use wheelchairs.

Tomorrow's hearing will be at 7:30 at the Montgomery County Executive Office Building in Rockville. The meeting Thursday will be held at 7 p.m. in the main conference room at the State Railroad Administration, 5 Amtrak Way, adjacent to Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Copies of the plan are available at most public libraries. Written comments will be accepted through July 22. Address comments to MARC Train Service, Kathryn Waters, P.O. Box 8718, BWI Airport, 21240-8718.

A city police officer who resigned after her arrest in a drug conspiracy case has been given a three-year suspended sentence and 18 months of probation, prosecutors said.

Monique Hill, 23, pleaded guilty in February to conspiring to distribute heroin. She was sentenced yesterday by Circuit Court Judge Roger Brown.

Hill was one of more than a dozen people rounded up in June 1991 after a nine-month investigation by local, state and federal officials.

Maryland:

A Thurmont man was injured when the propane tanker he was driving overturned after he swerved to avoid hitting a deer about 1:30 p.m. yesterday in the 12200 block of Harney Road in northeastern Frederick County.

David Glass, 45, a driver for the Penn Fuel Gas Co. of Emmitsburg, was taken to Gettysburg (Pa.) General Hospital with a scalp laceration and possible back injuries.

Fire units from Frederick and Carroll counties poured thousands of gallons of water on the overturned truck to cool and dissipate the escaping gas.

Emmitsburg Fire Chief Frank Davis said that about 100 gallons of propane escaped from a ruptured external pipe before firefighters were able to stop the leak at 3:15 p.m.

Freda Meyerhoffer of Harney Road said she was returning to her house when she saw a cloud of gas, turned into her driveway and found the overturned truck. She said the injured driver climbed from the truck, and she helped him get away from the escaping gas before calling 911.

Chief Davis said more than 100 firefighters worked in 20-minute shifts in the 90-plus-degree heat.

A company official said another truck was sent to the scene so the propane could be transferred before the overturned vehicle was righted.

Baltimore County:

The Arbutus branch library will be closed from July 27 through Sept. 13 while being moved to a larger building directly across the 1500 block of Sulphur Spring Road in the Arbutus Business Center.

Materials checked out this month won't be due for return until Sept. 14, except for video tapes, which are due by July 26.

The nearest open libraries are the Catonsville branch, 1100 Frederick Road, and the Lansdowne branch, 500 Third Ave.

Carroll County:

A 29-year old Westminster man was killed last night when he was thrown from car that overturned off Md. 97, about six miles south of Westminster, police said.

The victim, Russell Adam Jones, of the 2500 block of Old Washington Road, died at the scene of the 8:50 p.m. accident, State Police said.

Investigators said the victim was in a 1970 Chevrolet Nova, driven by Wade Mendes, 47, of the same Old Washington Road address.

Mr. Mendes was taken to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. He was listed in fair condition today.

Police said the car was southbound on Md. 97, about 450 feet south of the Morgan Run bridge, when it struck a guardrail and rolled several times.

The investigation of the crash is continuing, police said.

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Two women from Baltimore and a man from Orrtanna, Pa., are incarcerated in the Carroll County Detention Center on multiple theft and conspiracy charges.

The three are charged with conspiracy after allegedly passing more than $1,000 in bogus checks in Taneytown July 7 and 8, said town Police Chief Melvin Diggs.

Police said one of the women used a check to pay for $197 worth of articles July 7 at Revco Drugs and later wrote a check for an undisclosed amount at the Taneytown Pharmacy. The woman returned the next day and bought more than $320 in articles and again paid by check. An employee became suspicious and called the bank, only to be told the account had been closed.

Police were called as the three drove away in a car later found to have been stolen. Police arrested them at the Grocery Basket on Old Taneytown Pike. Investigators determined that checks also had been passed at two other stores in the city.

Charges were filed against Jean M. Szuchnicki, Sharon D. Dotson, and Edward D. Sieber.

Harford County:

The school board is seeking members to serve on its Advisory Committee on Special Education.

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