Wendy's robbery still probedBaltimore County police today...

MARYLAND NEWSWATCH

August 31, 1992

BALTIMORE COUNTY — Wendy's robbery still probed

Baltimore County police today continued their investigation of an armed robbery by three men early yesterday of a Wendy's fast-food outlet in the 9800 block of York Road.

Three employees were cleaning the eating place about 1:30 a.m. when two men, one armed, appeared. Police believe the men hid in the restaurant and showed themselves after all customers left. A third robber climbed through a drive-in window.

After forcing two employees into a bread closet, the gunman and his accomplice forced the manager to remove an undisclosed sum of money from a safe and at least one cash register.

The manager and employees were forced into the office, ordered to the floor, and bound with strips of bedsheeting one robber brought.

Baltimore County police said the body of a man found early today at the bottom of a stairway inside a house in the 900 block of Middlesex Road in Essex was to undergo an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Police declined to release the man's description or name.

When police arrived at the house shortly after 4:20 a.m. in response to an occupant's report of a strange sound, they found the bloodied body of man lying at the foot of the stairs. No obvious signs of violence were found, police said.

City

A 9-year-old Baltimore boy drowned yesterday afternoon in a deep hole in the Jones Falls in Hampden while swimming with friends, police reported.

The body of Jason White was found by a city police officer and a paramedic after searching the water off Falls Road and Chestnut Avenue for 40 minutes. Jason apparently had been under water for an hour.

Resuscitation efforts were begun immediately, and continued as Jason was carried to a waiting ambulance. But he was pronounced dead at Union Memorial Hospital shortly after 4 p.m.

Police said Jason apparently was overpowered by the current in the pool, which they said is 8 to 10 feet deep.

One of the first officers to arrive was Steven Hlavach, 25, who said he took off his gun and belt and dived in. "You couldn't see a thing," he said. "The water was murky and cold."

Jason lived in the 3400 block of Chestnut Ave. in Hampden.

State

Dawn Downey, a 17-year-old senior at Washington County's Williamsport High School, was named 1992 Maryland Farm Queen last night at the State Fair in Timonium.

Anne Arundel

A 54-year-old Silver Spring man left his car on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge about 9:45 a.m. yesterday and jumped to his death.

A Maryland Transportation Authority spokesman said the man, John David Wolf Jr., was pulled from the water by two boaters and taken to Anne Arundel General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Carroll

Carroll countians will have one last chance tonight to comment on the proposed county charter before it goes to the commissioners for consideration.

The county's charter board, which has been working on the proposal for nearly nine months, has scheduled its final public hearing at 7:30 o'clock at the Agricultural Center in Westminster.

Board members plan to vote tomorrow night on a final version, and give a completed document to the commissioners Thursday.

Jon R. Buck, co-chairman of the charter board, says provisions debated at earlier hearings are unlikely to be changed.

"What we're looking for are any major, gross errors," he says.

The charter -- a constitution that, if approved by voters, would replace the current commission form of government -- outlines the structure, powers, duties and limitations of government. It would allow the county to enact certain local laws without approval from the state legislature.

A draft of the document calls for a five-member county council to replace the three-member Board of County Commissioners.

Harford

Harford Community College is considering raising tuition, dropping some academic programs, reducing staff and limiting enrollment as a result of expected state cutbacks.

"These are all possibilities, and none of them are good," says college president Richard J. Pappas.

With enrollment expected to hit a record high this school year, HCC is bracing for another 25 percent reduction -- or $1.5 million loss -- in state aid for the current budget year, which ends June 30, 1993, because of Maryland's estimated $500 million deficit.

The new budget cuts would bring the amount of state aid the college has lost in three years to $3.4 million, and Mr. Pappas fears there will be more cuts next year.

County Councilman Robert Wagner, a District E Republican, says HCC's threat to cut services "infuriates" him because the college's board of trustees in July gave employees a 3 percent cost-of-living raise as well as a step raise. State and county government employees received a step raise, but no cost-of-living raises.

"The first thing that comes to my mind is that we all knew budget cuts were coming, but HCC still decided to give employees pay raises," Mr. Wagner says.

Howard

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