October 08, 1992

3 intersections to be considered for traffic lights

State Highway Administration officials will study three intersections around Westminster to determine whether the intersections need traffic signals or other safety devices.

The study is in response to a request from Mayor W. Benjamin Brown, who asked for lowered speed limits or traffic signals after recent accidents at two of the intersections.

The intersections due study are Routes 140 and 31, where two traffic accidents occurred in 1991 and four this year; Route 140 and Royer Road, with five accidents in 1991 and three this year; and Route 31 and Long Valley Road, no accidents in 1991 and one fatal accident this year.

Gene Straub, SHA assistant district engineer for traffic, said the staff will look at traffic volumes, delays motorists face in entering the major roadway, number of accidents, speed and sight distances.

The data will be measured against national guidelines that tell highway engineers when a traffic signal may be needed, he said.

"There's some judgment [involved]," Mr. Straub said. "There are some areas that may not meet the numbers, but we know there are problems there. There may be other areas that meet the numbers, but there may be a nearby signal that's stacking traffic up."

Mr. Straub said he would report the SHA's decision to the mayor by the end of November.

Police arrrest man in shotgun incident

David Thomas Leakan Sr., 34, of West Main Street in Westminster, is being held on $10,000 bail on charges of threatening a couple with a shotgun while they used a telephone on South Center Street about 8 p.m. Tuesday evening.

Police said that Mr. Leakan, who was driving a 1988 Chevrolet Beretta, pulled to the curb and called Calvin Warfield and Crystal Wilson to his car and while asking them questions pointed a shotgun at the pair.

Before driving away Mr. Leakan allegedly said, "Just tell the white guy I'm going to do him in," Police Spokesman Cpl. Rick May said.

Corporal May said police do not know who Mr. Leakan was looking for or the reason at this time.

Police arrested Mr. Leakan in the basement of his house after tracing the license plate number on his car. He is charged with two counts of possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure, carrying a concealed weapon, reckless endangerment and assault.

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