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December 15, 1992

Evidence stands in manslaughter case

Circuit Court Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. yesterday denied Wade Mendes' bid to suppress evidence that may hurt his defense in the death of Russell Adam Jones, 29.

Mr. Mendes, of the 2500 block of Old Washington Road, is charged in the July 13 automobile death of Mr. Jones, the son of Richard Jones, Carroll County medical examiner.

He was charged with automobile manslaughter, homicide in a motor vehicle while intoxicated and various moving violations including failure to drive right of the center line.

Mr. Mendes, 47, and his attorney, Steven Kupferberg, tried to persuade the judge to disallow some of the evidence against Mr. Mendes.

But the judge ordered that none of the notes taken by police during the investigation be destroyed, according to court documents.

Mr. Mendes and Mr. Jones were driving south on Route 97, about 450 feet south of the Morgan Run bridge, when the car struck a guardrail and rolled over several times near the Carroll-Howard border.

A police reconstruction of the accident indicated the 1970 Nova was traveling 83 mph in a 55-mile zone when it ran off the road.

Mr. Mendes was taken to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, where a blood test indicated his alcohol level was above the legal limit and also indicated the presence of marijuana and cocaine, police said.

If convicted of all charges, Mr. Mendes faces 16 years in prison and a $10,500 fine.

Teachers' union gives $3,000 to local charities

The Carroll County Education Association donated $1,000 each to Carroll Hospice, the Carroll County Sexual Abuse Treatment Center and Northeast Social Action Program.

The 1,245 members of the teachers union raised the money through sales of "What's Cooking in Education in Carroll County," a cookbook compiling 446 pages of recipes from local teachers, administrators and other school staff.

This year is the second in which the teachers have raised money from the book for social services.

Earlier this year, they raised money for the shelter for homeless families in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week.

Association President Cindy Cummings gave the checks to representatives of the three agencies last Wednesday at the union's offices on Baltimore Boulevard.

Drug summit planners, Lippy, advisers meet

Eleven high school students, all members of the Carroll County Drug Summit Planning Committee, met with Commissioner Elmer Lippy and five adult advisers to plan the 1993 conference yesterday.

The yearlong drug awareness program will be highlighted in March by a one-day conference for about 120 middle school students. The students will hear guest speakers talk on the perils of drugs, alcohol and cigarettes.

Students chosen to participate will take the information back to their schools and share it with others, organizers said.

Andy Smith, a student at North Carroll High School who chairs the committee, said, "The message we must get across to all students is not to start on drugs, alcohol or cigarettes."

He said students also should abstain from using steroids.

Sunday, May 2, 1993, has been proclaimed Drug and Alcohol Awareness Sunday. Information packets will be distributed to area churches, he said.

Other adults at the meeting included Joanne M. Hayes, substance abuse prevention school community coordinator, Peter B. McDowell, superintendent of secondary school and Gayle McAdam, vice principal of Francis Scott Key High School who is an adviser to the student government.

City post office extends its hours

For the holiday season, the Westminster Post Office has the following hours of business:

Monday through Friday until Dec. 23 -- open until 6 p.m.

Saturday -- open until 5 p.m.

Sunday -- open 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Commissioner Gouge elected to MACo office

Carroll Commissioner Julia W. Gouge has been elected to a one-year term as first vice president of the Maryland Association of Counties. Last year, she served as second vice president.

Mrs. Gouge, in her second term as a commissioner, will chair the legislative committee.

MACo represents the interests of county government before the state and federal governments.

County accepts survey of museum vendors

Carroll commissioners agreed yesterday to accept a report from the Farm Museum Board of Governors recommending that vendor fees for museum events not be changed.

A survey of 78 craft vendors showed that they wanted to continue with the current rate of 15 percent of gross sales instead of a flat rate of $25 for small events such as the July 4th celebration and $125 for large events such as the Maryland Wine Festival, said Richard Soisson, assistant director of the county Department of Recreation and Parks.

Vendors see the percentage rate as the fairest way to charge for space, the survey found. The survey also showed that some vendors would not participate in larger events if a flat fee were charged because they would lose money.

The Farm Museum made $13,127 in 1991 with the 15 percent rate and would have made $12,800 with the flat rate. This year, the museum made $12,248 with the percentage rate and would have made $12,725 with the flat rate.

Commissioners adopt open meeting rules

Carroll commissioners yesterday adopted a resolution outlining regulations for conduct at open meetings. The resolution is required by state law, County Attorney Charles W. Thompson Jr. said.

The resolution covers public attendance, disruptive conduct and recording, photographing and broadcasting of open sessions.

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