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CARROLL SHORTS

January 29, 1993

Father and son accused of High's thefts

A father and son have been charged with numerous counts of burglary and theft at High's convenience stores in Carroll and Frederick counties.

Jason Marshall Puffenbarger, 19, of Mount Airy was arrested yesterday and held at the Carroll County Detention Center on $50,000 bail set by a court commissioner.

His father, Dennis William Puffenbarger, 35, also of Mount Airy, had not been arrested. State police are still searching for him, and warrants for his arrest have been sent to Frederick County.

The pair are suspected of breaking into the High's store at 1020 Francis Scott Key Highway in Keymar Sept. 20 and stealing a safe containing $4,520.

They are also suspected of breaking into the same store on Aug. 3 and stealing a safe containing $4,265.

Dennis Puffenbarger is suspected of breaking into a High's store in Union Bridge on June 4 and stealing $480 and a burglary at the High's in the 7600 block of Woodbine Road last April 21.

Jason Puffenbarger is additionally suspected of burglarizing a store in Libertytown, Frederick County, on Oct. 2.

Public is a no-show at zoning hearing

No residents appeared at a public hearing yesterday on proposed changes to the county's zoning ordinance that would remove setback requirements for service station canopies.

The proposed changes would also allow service stations to erect signs that do not exceed 200 square feet. Currently, signs are limited to four square feet per linear foot of a building.

Canopies designed to shelter gas pumps at service stations would be exempt from existing setback requirements under the proposed changes, county officials said.

County Attorney Charles W. "Chuck" Thompson Jr. said the zoning changes bring the county ordinance up to date with the needs of Carroll businesses. The changes also would mean fewer requests for variances before the Zoning Appeals Board.

The commissioners are expected to vote on the proposed changes in about 10 days.

County officials also said residents didn't attend last week a work session on the proposal.

Republican committee elects 1993 officers

Chairman Tom Bowen has announced the new 1993 officers of the Carroll County Republican Central Committee.

In addition to Mr. Bowen, they are: Vice Chairman Robin B. Frazier, Secretary Gary W. Bauer, Treasurer Griffith B. Manahan Jr., federal Account Treasurer John P. Buchheister Jr., Precinct Coordinator Ragen L. Cherney, and Past Chairman Nancy R. Stocksdale.

Mrs. Stocksdale has been appointed district assistant manager for U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett at his Westminster office.

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