Ex-fugitive inmate held on shoplifting chargeA 22-year-old...


September 08, 1994

Ex-fugitive inmate held on shoplifting charge

A 22-year-old inmate, who was released from the Carroll County Detention Center Aug. 24 to look for a job and did not return, was arrested Friday in Frederick County after attempting to steal three electric drills from a Sears store, police reported.

The man, who had been convicted of burglary and theft charges in November and sentenced to two years on each charge, did not return to the detention center on his first day of work release, officials at the center said.

A security manager at Sears observed a man place the drills in a bag while a girl acted as a lookout, and the pair left the store, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office. The employee attempted to stop the suspects, but the man resisted.

Frederick County sheriff's deputies said Michael Patrick Holland of Westminster was charged with theft and assault. The girl was released to her parents. Holland remains in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center in lieu of $25,000 bond, officials said.

Developers say review is too slow

Developers of River Downs, a 130-lot housing development with an 18-hole golf course, told Carroll County commissioners Tuesday that the county review process related to the golf course is moving too slowly.

Westminster attorney John T. Maguire asked the commissioners to direct their staff members to speed the process because the developer, Gaylord Brooks Realty Co., needs to keep the project moving "for economic reasons."

Frank Schaeffer, chief of the Bureau of Development Review, said the project is complicated and that many parts of it have been moving smoothly through the system. The developer has made changes to the plans, which have caused some delays, he noted.

Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy said he would like the staff to move quickly on the project. Commissioner Julia W. Gouge suggested the developer and staff members continue to talk so that each side is aware of the other's position.

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