Mount Airy man charged with forgeryA Mount Airy man has...

CARROLL COUNTY NEWS BRIEFS

February 27, 1994

FREDERICK — Mount Airy man charged with forgery

A Mount Airy man has been charged in a 53-count indictment with stealing and forging more than $1,000 in checks from a former employer.

The indictment charges Michael D. Spencer of the 800 block of Ridgeville Blvd. with felony theft, and multiple counts of forgery and misdemeanor theft.

According to the indictment, Mr. Spencer forged 17 checks stolen from his employer, Margaret Esther Mercer.

The alleged crimes occurred between Aug. 27 and Oct. 30 of last year.

Mr. Spencer cashed the forged checks at the Maryland National Bank at 400 Ridgeville Blvd. and at Mount Airy Liquors, 400 East Ridgeville Blvd., the indictment said.

The checks were in amounts ranging from $30 to $100, the indictment said.

Immigrant sentenced to 38-year term

FREDERICK -- A car chase through Carroll County that led to an exchange of gunfire with police has resulted in a 38-year prison term for a Turkish immigrant.

Ali Abdulakbar, 36, apologized for the April incident during a hearing Wednesday in Frederick County Circuit Court. He said he did not intend to hurt anyone but only wanted to get away from Baltimore County police, who he said threatened his life.

Deputy State's Attorney Julie Stevenson rejected his claims. She said citizens and police were lucky no one was hurt in the chase along Maryland 26 from Baltimore County, through Carroll County to Waterside at Ceresville near Frederick, where

Abdulakbar took a hostage in Waterside before surrendering.

Abdulakbar was acquitted in January of attempted murder of two officers but convicted of other charges connected with the chase.

The police chase, in which Abdulakbar's car smashed into a police roadblock on the Monocacy River Bridge, and hostage situation took less than 90 minutes.

$99,792 budget passed for Channel 19

The county's Cable Community Access Committee unanimously approved the fiscal 1995 budget yesterday for Carroll Community Television, Channel 19.

The $99,792 request is a decrease from last year's budget of $119,245.

"We have had some decreasing in expenditures, below what we have proposed for several years," said Doris White, community access coordinator.

The only increase -- nearly $5,000 -- allows for a raise in salary for the station director, Mike Hannon, and for two part-time employees.

"We had additional costs with salary and benefits," said Ms. White.

Capital outlay costs dropped from $32,000 to $21,000 because the station purchased some new equipment this year and expects to have little to replace in 1995.

Rent and utilities for the offices at 117 E. Main St. remain at $15,000 annually. The station leases the space on a monthly basis.

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