Ellicott City/elkridge

December 01, 1992

Guard commander gets Legion of Merit

Col. Bruce F. Tuxill of Ellicott City was recently awarded the highest peacetime medal during a special ceremony at Warfield Air National Guard Base in Middle River.

Colonel Tuxill, commander of the 175th Fighter Group, Maryland Air National Guard, was presented the Legion of Merit for his "outstanding ability, diligent efforts and devotion to duty" in his command of the A-10 fighter unit. During Colonel Tuxill's command, the unit was selected nationally to modify the entire A-10 engine fleet in the Air Force.

The award citation stated that "because of his superb management techniques, this project was completed in an unprecedented three and one half years, resulting in significant monetary saving to the United States Air Force."

In addition, Colonel Tuxill was cited for his service on numerous national advisory committees and his role in the 175th's winning the Air Force's prestigious biennial gunnery meet, "Gunsmoke."

Colonel Tuxill has commanded the unit since 1985. He has two daughters and is married to the former Keren Browning Selby. The State Highway Administration will hear testimony beginning at 7 p.m. tonight at Howard High School on four alternatives for Route 100 in southern Ellicott City.

State and county officials chose a path for the six-lane highway to run between Hunt Country Estates and the Villages of Montgomery Run in 1987 but abandoned it last year after federal regulators said it would cause too much harm to valuable wetlands.

Tonight, residents will be able to tell state planners, and county and state elected officials, which of the new alternatives they prefer.

All of the options would displace homes or farmland. At least four homes and four farms would be affected no matter which option was chosen.

The SHA usually chooses a highway's path based on the choice of local elected officials, including the county executive, County Council members and state senators and delegates.

POLICE LOG

* Ellicott City: 9200 block of Baltimore National Pike: A $300 Diamondback Chrome 20-inch bicycle was stolen from a bike rack in the rear entrance at Chatham Mall Nov. 22.

*9200 block of Baltimore National Pike: A $700 Hutch 24-inch bicycle was stolen from a bike rack behind Chatham Mall Nov. 22.

*9200 block of Baltimore National Pike: An $895 Powerguard generator was stolen from Taylor's Rental between Oct. 12 and Nov. 16.

*4200 block of Blue Barron Ride: Someone damaged the windshield wipers, antenna and trunk of a 1985 Pontiac 6000 Nov. 21.

*5100 block of Bonnie Branch Road: Someone destroyed a mailbox Nov. 18.

*McKenzie Drive and Thornbrook Road: Three teen-agers were charged with trying to enter a storage trailer with a sledgehammer Wednesday.

*3300 block of Centennial Lane: Someone pried off a lock to a construction trailer Friday and stole a copy machine and computer equipment.

*10000 block of Baltimore National Pike: A safe at a Pizza Hut restaurant was found empty, although there were no signs of forced entry. The contents probably were stolen Thursday or Friday.

*9100 block of Northfield Road: Someone smashed the glass of a front door at Dunloggin Middle School Wednesday or Thursday but failed to gain entry.

*10000 block of Baltimore National Pike: Someone cut a padlock to a storage shed at the Forest Motel Thursday or Friday. Tools were taken.

*3300 block of Saint John's Lane: A 1992 Chevrolet truck with Ohio plates was stolen Saturday or Sunday.

*3100 block of Wheaton Way: A 1988 Hyundai Excel with Maryland plates was stolen Friday or Saturday.

*3200 block of Normandy Woods Drive: A 1989 Ford Probe was stolen Saturday and recovered Sunday in Baltimore City.

*3700 block of Milligan Hill: A 1987 Buick was stolen Sunday. The Maine plates are 114-5AC.

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