Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

CENTRAL --

August 11, 1993

Police hope to put bite on thief who took gators

Buyer beware.

Or in this case, thief beware.

Frank Savage, owner of Savage Aquarium in the first block of Bond Street, reported to Westminster city police that someone stole two Cameon alligators from a tank in his shop on Monday.

The shop owner said each of the 12- to 15-inch alligators has band on the left rear leg and that one of them will bite. The alligators were in a tank about five feet from the floor so no visitors could reach inside and be bitten.

He estimated the loss at $260 and said the alligators could groto be about five feet long.

Work set to start on City Hall renovation

A Baltimore City builder has won the contract to make Westminster's historic City Hall accessible to the disabled and its council meeting room more convenient for the public.

The City Council awarded a $251,670 contract to North Point Builders Inc. at its Monday night meeting. The corporation's bid was low among eight bidders, although it was about $20,000 over the budgeted estimate, City Planning Director Thomas B. Beyard reported.

The council will meet at the Westminster Fire Hall while the work is in progress, from Aug. 23 through Nov. 8.

The renovations include disabled-accessible restrooms on the first floor, widening the foyer to allow wheelchairs to enter, removal of partitions that blocked public view of council members and an elevator to allow disabled people to reach the second floor.

DeBus wins music award from Stu's

Karen L. DeBus, a 1993 Westminster High School graduate, has been awarded the Stewart W. Myers Memorial Scholarship by Stu's Music Shop of Westminster.

During high school, she was active in the Westminster High Select Band, Marching Band and Orchestra and studied piano privately with Gladys Harrison.

She performed in the Maryland All-State Band, receiving honorable mention as a Maryland Distinguished Scholar in the Arts. She also received first place in the Peabody Spring Festival and has earned high awards in numerous piano examinations and competitions.

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward DeBus, Karen plans to attend the college of Notre Dame of Maryland as a music major. * Westminster: Westminster responded for an auto fire on Route 31 at 3:25 p.m. Monday. Units were out for 10 minutes.

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