Flying model planes draw complaints

September 08, 1994

Ronald R. Frederick, who lives near a Union Mills farm where the Westminster AeroModelers Club flies model planes, continues to press Carroll County commissioners to find a new field for the club.

Mr. Frederick has been fighting for a change since last year. He has offered to reimburse the county for the work it did to improve the field, on the former Spiegel farm near Kowomu Trail and Rinehart Road.

He said noise from the planes bothers him and sounds "like a flying chain saw with a high-frequency mosquito sitting on it." Tuesday, he showed the commissioners a four-minute video of model planes flying.

Commissioner Donald I. Dell said he doesn't think the county will be able to find a more remote site for the field. Officials did an exhaustive search before settling late last year on the Spiegel farm, which the county owns, he said.

But the commissioners agreed that if Mr. Frederick or anyone else proposes another site, they would consider it.

Man arrested on drug charge

A 19-year-old Finksburg man, who police said was carrying more than 3 ounces of marijuana Tuesday night, was released on $75,000 bond within an hour of his bail hearing before a court commissioner Wednesday morning.

Robert B. Cromer III of the 1400 block of Blackfoot Court was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, after he was stopped on Route 140 near Sandymount Road about 11:15 p.m.

Police said Mr. Cromer was stopped for driving on a revoked license, and a drug-sniffing dog signaled the presence of drugs. Officers said they searched and found three bags in the auto, each containing 1 ounce of marijuana.

A male juvenile in the vehicle had about an eighth of an ounce of marijuana in one of his pockets, officers said in court papers. He was not identified because of his age, but charges are pending.

Parking lot dedication set for Sunday

A dedication ceremony for the recently completed Thomas S. Diffendal Memorial Parking Lot, formerly the Gilbert Garage, will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sunday on the lot between the Westminster library and the Westminster Fire Engine And Hose Co. No. 1.

Mayor W. Benjamin Brown will speak and the Westminster Municipal Band will perform.

Mr. Diffendal was a longtime volunteer for the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No 1 and the Westminster Municipal Band. He died last year.

Information: Thomas B. Beyard, (410) 848-9002.

FIRE

* Westminster: Westminster investigated the report of a fire in the 300 block of E. Main St. at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Units were out for 29 minutes.

Westminster and Reese investigated a fire alarm sounding in a building in the 800 block of Baltimore Blvd. at 4:36 p.m. Tuesday. Units were out for 18 minutes.

Westminster, Reese, Gamber, Hampstead, Manchester and Reisterstown of Baltimore County, responded for a fire alarm in the Billingslea Medical Building, 500 block of Washington Road at 9:16 a.m. Tuesday. Firefighters traced the odor of burning to an air conditioner. Units were out for 42 minutes.

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