Jury deadlocks on insanity questionPASADENA -- An Anne...

REGIONAL BRIEFS

September 29, 1992

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY PASADENA — Jury deadlocks on insanity question

PASADENA -- An Anne Arundel County jury could not decide yesterday whether a Pasadena man was insane when he lured his wife to Marley Station Mall with the promise of a special birthday present and then shot her in the head.

Arthur D. Copeland, 57, was convicted Friday of attempted first-degree murder in the Jan. 17 shooting of Maxine Copeland.

The second phase of the trial was to determine if Copeland had the mental capacity to be held responsible for his actions.

The jury of seven men and five women deliberated more than 10 hours before telling Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. that they were deadlocked. Copeland will be retried Dec. 15.

On Friday, Copeland's friends and co-workers testified that he had an above-average IQ of 117, was a hard worker who held the same job with a Fort Meade defense firm for 25 years, hated guns and was generous "to a fault" with his four children.

But the jury only took several hours to decide that Copeland shot his wife in the head in her car, chased her around the mall parking lot, pistol-whipped her and left her for dead. The attack blinded Mrs. Copeland in one eye.

5 artists from Grosseto to exhibit works

TOWSON

TOWSON -- Five artists from Grosseto, Italy, Baltimore County's first sister-county, will exhibit their works for three weeks in the Rotunda at Towson Commons, the new shopping center in the 400 block of York Road, beginning Thursday.

The five artists, Mario Bambagini, Mauro Bartolucci, Bruno Caponi, Germano Paolini and Fosco Tarsi, will accompany their works to Towson. Grosseto became a sister county in 1986.

Last year, South Glamorgan, Wales, became a sister. A Welsh delegation visited Towson last week to begin preparations for direct charter air service between Cardiff, Wales, and Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

While the link with Grosseto has been mostly a cultural exchange, Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden said he hopes the connection to South Glamorgan will benefit the county economically. Tourist exchanges, such as those to and from Cardiff, Wales, are viewed as the first step.

'Most-wanted' dad gets 3-year sentence

CARROLL COUNTY

WESTMINSTER

WESTMINSTER -- Carroll's "most-wanted" dad -- a 34-year-old father of three who owes more than $31,000 in back child support -- was convicted of criminal non-support after one of the county's most difficult investigations.

Stanley Howard Turner was found guilty Thursday by Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns, who imposed the maximum penalty of three years in the Division of Corrections.

Turner, whose ex-wife lives in Carroll with the couple's son, 12, and two daughters, 9 and 11, had not made any of the court-mandated payments to his family -- aside from two made early in 1991 -- since 1986, according to court records.

Investigators began looking for Turner in October after he failed to appear for a contempt of court hearing.

The court ordered him in October 1986 to pay his former wife $105 a week, but he had only made two payments since that order. In July, the amount of Turner's overdue payments -- $30,814 -- was the most delinquent of Carroll's 2,480 support cases, records show.

Main Street prospers, despite the recession

SYKESVILLE

SYKESVILLE -- Main Street business is alive and growing steadily. Despite the recession, new shop owners say they are prospering and plan to stay.

"We have had several new stores open lately and the restaurants also draw people," said Dick Norris, president of the Sykesville Business Association and owner of Consolidated Stationers at 7568 Main St.

"People can find different things here, and there's no parking problems."

Ginny Welsh, owner of Past Tymes General Store, at Main Street and Sandosky Road, said she thinks people want to get back to small towns and small shops.

"People are often overwhelmed in the mall atmosphere," she said. "Small towns are starting to come alive, and people have more reasons to come here."

Ms. Welsh said the store's corner location also has played a part in the success.

Across the street, the owners of Craftsman Art Co. said that if the town ever gets its first traffic light, it will be at that corner.

"The traffic is always heavy through that intersection; it's a good sign," said Mark Rychwalski, who, along with Wiley Purkey, opened the art and framing business three years ago.

The association plans several yearly events for to attract visitors, including the 19th annual Sykesville Fall Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

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