Random House Inc. annex to be completed in August

November 18, 1996

Random House Inc. broke ground last week for an $8 million annex at its distribution center on Route 27 north of Westminster, scheduled for August completion.

The 100,000-square-foot addition will encompass just one story -- but that one story will be 70 feet high, said William E. Gavin, director of administration. The height will more than double the number of vertical storage racks that the existing buildings can hold.

The facility initially will hold 25,000 pallets, each containing about 700 books, and can expand to store 35,000. Gavin praised Carroll County officials for their help in securing the necessary grading and excavation permits.

While the new structure will require only about two additional employees, Gavin said about 40 more local jobs probably will be at the Hahn Road facility, because a satellite distribution center in New Jersey is closing next month and the company is consolidating stock from local warehouses.

Westminster man sentenced to 12 years for rape

A Westminster man was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday in Carroll County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to the rape of an 18-year-old woman at his home in April.

As part of a plea agreement for Joseph A. Hamm, 49, of South Court Street, Judge Francis M. Arnold imposed a sentence of 12 years for the second-degree rape offense, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years.

Under the judge's order, Hamm's sentence began April 22, the day he was arrested and incarcerated.

Prosecutor Tracy A. Gilmore said Hamm met the woman at a Westminster bar and invited her to his home, where he said his sister would be cooking dinner.

After arriving at his residence, the woman found no dinner was being prepared, Gilmore said. Hamm persuaded her to wait, lured her to the basement and assaulted her.

After the attack, the woman fled and went to Carroll County General Hospital, where she was treated and police were called.

Pub Date: 11/18/96

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