Pay refunds, state tells hearing aid company

July 16, 1996

Owners of a Westminster hearing aid company were ordered to pay more than $6,000 in restitution to five customers who were thwarted when they tried to cancel sales contracts with the business, state prosecutors said yesterday.

Richard and Mary Ann King, owners of King Hearing Instrument Center, 223 E. Main St., were charged in April with violating state rTC laws regarding the sale of hearing aids. State prosecutors said that the company's sales contracts did not contain all of the required disclosures about cancellation rights and that the owners did not grant refunds to customers who wanted to cancel their purchases.

The Kings signed a consent order in June, agreeing to pay refunds of $6,723 for violating state consumer laws since October 1992, said Sally L. Swann, an assistant attorney general.

Under the order, other dissatisfied customers who bought hearing aids and attempted to cancel purchases may be entitled to refunds.

Anyone with complaints against King Hearing Instrument Center should call the Consumer Protection Division of the state attorney general's office at (410) 576-6572.

Fire

Reese: Firefighters responded at 5: 50 p.m. Sunday for an auto fire on Sykesville Road. Units were out 20 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters from Reese, Pleasant Valley and Manchester assisted Westminster at 6: 33 p.m. Saturday, responding for a house fire in the 100 block of E. Green St. Units were out 17 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters from Reese assisted Westminster at 6: a.m. Saturday, responding for a fire alarm in the 200 block of Memorial Ave. Units were out 30 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters responded at 10: 36 a.m. Saturday for a woods fire on Old Washington Road. Units were out 33 minutes.

Police

Westminster: Employees at a lumber company on Liberty Street told police that someone broke into the building before 4: 12 a.m. Saturday. Damage was estimated at $125.

Westminster: An employee of an auto sales business on Baltimore Boulevard told police that someone stole a tailgate before 1: 44 p.m. Saturday. The loss was estimated at $300.

Pub Date: 7/16/96

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