Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

CENTRAL --

July 23, 1993

Brown urges county residents to fight cellular-phone towers

The mayor of Westminster is encouraging Carroll residents to oppose a cellular telephone company's plan to erect as many as 24 telephone towers to channel signals in the county.

"Steel towers all over the countryside are a threat to the aesthetics of Carroll County," Mayor W. Benjamin Brown said at a news conference yesterday. He urged county residents to attend a county zoning appeals board hearing Wednesday on a request for a tower by Cellular One Washington/Baltimore.

The cellular phone company is seeking approval to put a tower on property owned by Robert E. and Audrey J. Warner at 1418 Richardson Road, between Westminster and Taneytown.

Mr. Brown said he is not organizing a citizens group to try to block the towers.

He also warned against reading "any political significance" into his taking a stand on a countywide issue.

Mr. Brown has told associates privately that he would like to run for the House of Delegates in 1994.

Greens residents hit by vehicle break-ins

Nearly $800 worth of property was stolen overnight Wednesday from vehicles parked in the Greens, Westminster City Police reported.

Four residents of the Westminster community told police that items including a radar detector and a cellular phone had been taken from their vehicles while parked near their residences.

Each car was unlocked, said Cpl. Rick May, a police spokesman.

"About a year ago, the same thing happened in that area," Corporal May said. "You'd have thought they would have learned, but I guess not."

POLICE

* Westminster: A Westminster resident reported Wednesday that someone stole the tailgate from his truck while it was parked at Cranberry Mall. The loss was estimated at $800.

City police were told by a Westminster city employee Wednesday that someone had cut a tennis net at the city playground with a sharp object. Damage was estimated at $220.

A resident of East Green Street told city police that someone entered her car and stole her purse Monday while the vehicle was parked near her home. The victim estimated her loss at $225.

A woman who lives on Deer Park Road in Finksburg told Westminster police that someone removed a license tag and damaged the windshield of her vehicle while it was parked at the Crossroads Square Shopping Center Monday. She estimated the loss at $220.

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