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January 10, 1993

Truck driver charged in Westminster crash

State police in Westminster have filed a negligent-driving charge against a 28-year-old Harrisburg, Pa., truck driver who crashed his rig into the rear of another tractor-trailer at Route 140 and Englar Road on Thursday.

Police also charged Thomas Earl Sheffield, the trucker, with operating with improper equipment, a spokesman said.

Mr. Sheffield was driving a tractor-trailer loaded with 44,000 pounds of rolled paper west on Route 140 when he hit another trailer carrying a similar load of paper, police said.

Henry R. Studeny, 47, of Hummelstown, Pa., was also westbound on Route 140 and attempting to stop at a traffic light when he was hit from behind.

He suffered a laceration of the head but refused immediate treatment.

The intersection was partially closed for about two hours during the evening rush while emergency crews spread sand and absorbent materials over spilled oil and antifreeze.

Tow trucks had to pull the rigs apart before the intersection could be cleared.

Likely USDA closings won't affect Carroll

Carroll County's U.S. Department of Agriculture offices are not among those being considered in a federal preliminary budget-cutting plan, county officials said Friday.

The proposed plan, on a list of money-saving suggestions that Agriculture Secretary Edward Madigan is leaving behind for the Clinton administration, would include closing 15 federal agriculture offices around the state of Maryland.

"Carroll County is completely off the list," said Elizabeth A. Schaefer, county executive director of the USDA.

"Carroll and Frederick counties are the only two this side of the bay that aren't being considered."

Both counties are probably exempt because of the high workload and high farmer participation in federal programs, she said.

The Food Agricultural Council, made up of heads of the various state USDA offices, planned to meet on Friday to decide which offices should be closed, Ms. Schaefer said.

The state suggestions would be submitted to the USDA secretary for his approval, she said.

However, closing any office would have to be advertised in the Federal Register and be open for comment from 30 to 60 days, Ms. Schaefer said.

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