Hearing set tomorrow on drunken driving billThe House...

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January 25, 1994

Hearing set tomorrow on drunken driving bill

The House Judiciary Committee will hear testimony tomorrow on a drunken driving bill sponsored by Del. Richard C. Matthews, a District 5A Republican.

The hearing on House Bill 186 will be at 11 a.m. in the House office building in Annapolis.

Mr. Matthews' bill is designed to toughen Maryland drunken driving laws. The legislation proposes to lower the blood-alcohol percentage to 0.08 percent from 0.10 percent for driving-while-intoxicated charges.

Man released on bond after domestic dispute

A 34-year-old Westminster man, accused of pointing TC shotgun at his wife and pulling the trigger, was released on $50,000 bond yesterday and ordered to stay away from her.

William E. Heagy of the 100 block of Westminster Ave. was sent to Carroll County General Hospital last Thursday for a mental evaluation, police said.

Donna Heagy told police her husband came home intoxicated about 7 p.m., started arguing with her, threatened her with the shotgun, pointed it at her and pulled the trigger.

She told police she had hidden the ammunition for the weapon as soon as he came home. She also reported he threatened to shoot himself and swung the shotgun at her.

Police reports said the woman threw up her an arm to prevent being struck on the head and the shotgun hit her on the forearm.

Mrs. Heagy obtained a warrant for her husband; it was served when he was released from the hospital.

Man is charged with kidnapping

A 23-year-old Westminster man, accused of forcing a woman out of her house and taking her to his apartment Wednesday, has been charged with intrastate kidnapping, false imprisonment and related offenses.

Edward Scott Hanson Jr. of the 100 block of E. Main St. was released on $50,000 bond after a bail review hearing yesterday, according to court records.

Monica Adler of the 200 block of E. Main St. reported a man went to her house and forced his way in when she answered a knock.

She told police the man grabbed her and forced her downstairs and into a blue van parked outside, occupied by two other men.

Ms. Adler said she was taken to Mr. Hanson's apartment and held until one of the men let her leave.

Mr. Hanson was also charged with breaking and entering, battery and assault.

Del. Dixon discusses school with governor

Del. Richard N. Dixon, a District 5A Democrat, said Gov. William Donald Schaefer told him Friday that he would carefully consider Carroll's request for state money for a new middle school in South Carroll.

Mr. Dixon said he met with the governor in Annapolis for about half an hour to discuss the school and other issues.

In November, the state denied the county $6.3 million needed to build Oklahoma Road Middle in fiscal 1995, which begins July 1.

Wednesday, Mr. Dixon and county and school officials appealed the decision to the three-member state Board of Public Works, of which the governor is a member.

County officials say the new school is needed to ease crowding at Sykesville Middle.

Mr. Dixon said he mentioned to Governor Schaefer that the granddaughter of Hilda Mae Snoops, the governor's friend, attended Sykesville Middle.

County schools start 2 hours late yesterday

Carroll County schools started two hours late yesterday after being closed all of last week.

The reason for the delay yesterday morning was to give the expected warm weather a chance to melt yet more ice, and to keep school buses and walkers from having to contend with rush hour, said James Doolan, supervisor of transportation.

"We thought that two hours would just ensure the safety a little more," Mr. Doolan said. "We wanted to make sure they had a place to stand, a place to walk. There were no complications this morning at all."

Mr. Doolan expected a normal starting time today.

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