Man gets life term for rape at gunpointFREDERICK -- A...

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May 13, 1994

FREDERICK — Man gets life term for rape at gunpoint

FREDERICK -- A 34-year-old Virginia man has been sentenced to life in prison for raping a young mother at gunpoint.

Charles Lamont Pollard of Leesburg was sentenced Wednesday for the Feb. 8, 1993, attack near Heather Ridge in Frederick. He has prior convictions for robbery and indecent exposure, according to Assistant State's Attorney Cheryl Hershey.

The victim, a 24-year-old Frederick resident, was coming home from work when she was assaulted. In a letter to the court, the victim said the attack will always be with her. "I can only hope that I will learn to deal with the fear of being alone when night comes," she wrote.

Company buys space at Kelly-Springfield

CUMBERLAND

CUMBERLAND -- Biederlack of America, which makes blankets and other items in Cumberland, has become the first company to buy a part of the former Kelly-Springfield tire plant.

The company paid $453,000 for 128,000 square feet of space, county attorney Stephen Wilkinson said Wednesday.

Allegany County Economic Development Director David Edgerley says the company intends to use the Kelly buildings as a distribution center and warehouse. Biederlack's is the first property to be sold at the former tire factory complex, now known as Riverside Industrial Park.

Biederlack President Richard Alford said buying the Kelly property has allowed his company to expand its manufacturing site in Cumberland.

"We have created approximately 85 jobs in the last year and a half," he said.

Man sentenced for auto manslaughter

FREDERICK

FREDERICK -- A Frederick man has been sentenced to 10 years in jail, with three years suspended, for killing a 17-year-old girl during a drunken-driving accident last year.

Darrin Bernard Duffin, 30, was convicted Tuesday and sentenced by Frederick County Circuit Judge Mary Ann Stepler for the Sept. 11, 1993, death of Jennifer Ann Frantz, a Hood College student from Rockville.

Mr. Duffin sat with head bowed as Assistant State's Attorney David Daggett described the two-vehicle accident. Miss Frantz was partially ejected and pinned under her vehicle after it was struck on the passenger side by Mr. Duffin's car.

Mr. Duffin had a blood-alcohol level of about .08. He admitted manslaughter by automobile and failing to stop for a stop sign.

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Lawyer investigating police conduct in raid

FREDERICK

FREDERICK -- A local lawyer is investigating the actions of police who raided a Frederick home last week looking for a drug suspect.

Police used a battering ram to open the front door of the house shortly before 5 a.m. May 2, but did not find the man, Frederick County Sheriff Carl Harbaugh said.

Mr. Harbaugh agreed to pay for doors damaged during the raid, which was conducted by the Frederick City Police SWAT team and members of the sheriff's office.

Richard Bricken, a local attorney, said two women in the house were roughed up by the officers, who wore ski masks. "They were scared to death. They thought they were going to die," he said.

Mr. Bricken said the women were asleep when the officers yanked them from bed and threw them to the floor. One of the women was bruised and their dog was sprayed with pepper spray, he added. Neither woman was arrested.

Man is charged with embezzlement

FREDERICK

FREDERICK -- A Brunswick man has been charged with embezzling $65,051 from Shelly's Truck Caps, where he worked as manager, the county sheriff's office said.

Keith Lynn Welty, 39, was charged with embezzlement and destruction of property for destroying company records to try to cover up the alleged thefts.

He worked at the Frederick office of the Front Royal, Va., company from 1988 to 1993.

Hagerstown hires city administrator

HAGERSTOWN

HAGERSTOWN -- Bruce Zimmerman, assistant city manager in Evanston, Ill., will become city administrator in Hagerstown next month, Mayor Steve Sager said.

Mr. Zimmerman, 39, was chosen from more than 80 applicants. He replaces Stephen M. Feller, who left in February for a state job at Baltimore's Port Authority.

A native of Nappanee, Ind., Mr. Zimmerman holds a bachelor's degree in urban studies from Indiana University and a master's degree in public administration from Syracuse University. He has worked in Evanston, a city more than double the size of Hagerstown, since 1981.

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