Man sentenced to four years for stealing money at carwash

October 16, 1997

A Westminster man was sentenced to more than four years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to stealing money from customers at a carwash.

Kane A. Magruder, 22, of the 100 block of Charles St. pocketed a $30 deposit from a customer March 21, $140 on March 22 and about $125 for waxing and cleaning a vehicle March 23, while he worked at Duke's Car Wash on Sullivan Avenue in Westminster, court records show.

Magruder was sentenced to 18 months on the theft charge, concurrent with four years and 84 days remaining from a five-year suspended sentence he received on a robbery conviction in 1996.

Magruder's conviction violated terms of his probation and Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck terminated that probation, reinstating the original sentence with credit for 281 days served.

Magruder robbed a taxi driver of $67 on Aug. 10, 1995, court records show.

One-way traffic ended on Westminster Avenue

Westminster Common Council voted Monday night to shelve plans for one-way traffic on Westminster Avenue, after receiving a petition with signatures of more than 100 opponents.

The temporary signs will come down, after they were posted this month to make the avenue one way from East George Street to East Green Street. The council decided last month to experiment and get public comment before voting for a permanent change.

About a dozen residents had asked for the change, noting concerns about limited visibility and children playing, said Councilwoman Suzanne P. Albert.

Thomas B. Beyard, city director of planning and public works, told the council Monday that he had received no calls -- for or against -- since the temporary signs were posted. But the council received a petition against the change, signed by 125 business owners, customers, and residents of George and Green streets.

Paul R. Myers of East George Street said he uses the street two to four times a day.

"I've been pulling out for 40 years and never seen any kind of accident yet. I'm from the old school: If it ain't broke, don't fix it," he said.

"This happens every time we talk about a one-way street," observed Councilman Damian L. Halstad. "It disrupts the flow of traffic and commerce."

Police

Westminster: A Hersh Avenue resident told police Tuesday that tools were stolen and a window was broken while his vehicle was parked at his home. The loss was estimated at $380.

Westminster: An employee of Winchester Exchange on East Main Street told police Tuesday that someone used a sharp object to cut a canopy. Damage was estimated at $500.

Westminster: A Reisterstown resident told police Monday that property was stolen and a window broken while his vehicle was parked at the Gehr lot at West Main and Liberty streets. The loss was estimated at $650.

Pub Date: 10/16/97

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