Westminster council OKs 19 'old-fashioned' streetlights

January 16, 1998

Westminster Common Council has approved new "old-fashioned" street lamps for the downtown business district.

The plan calls for 19 lights on Main Street with two lights on each pole, and seven single-light fixtures along Locust Lane. The "pedestrian-level" fixtures could be installed by spring.

The council voted unanimously this week to accept a $39,213 bid for the fixtures by the Holophane company of Newark, Ohio, and Littlestown, Pa., over a $34,604 bid by HADCO of Littlestown. Members also approved a $4,000-plus bid for installation.

The council members decided to pay for flag mounts for the 19 Main Street poles, at $32.62 apiece, rather than have to use bands on the poles.

The total is about $4,000 less than the $50,000 budgeted, said Thomas B. Beyard, director of planning and public works.

Westminster man convicted of heroin, cocaine charges

A Carroll County Circuit Court jury convicted a Westminster teen-ager on heroin and cocaine charges Wednesday.

Sentencing for Nathaniel M. Costley, 19, of Charles Street was scheduled for Feb. 27. The jury found him guilty of possession and possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Costley became rowdy in the courthouse annex on July 21 and resisted arrest, according to testimony. He was subdued by sheriff's deputies and court bailiffs and, while being taken to a lockup area, a tissue containing 11 baggies of varying amounts of heroin and cocaine fell from his pants leg.

Man gets suspended term for having sex with girl, 13

A Pennsylvania man, who pleaded guilty in October to twice raping a 13-year-old girl in 1996 at his former home in Westminster, was given a five-year suspended sentence yesterday and placed on five years of supervised probation.

Carroll County Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold ordered Gary L. Haines, 24, of Glen Rock in York County to have no contact with the girl and to register as a sexual offender with the Department of Parole and Probation.

Prosecutors said the girl told them that she consented to sex with Haines after smoking marijuana and watching television at his apartment.

The girl said she sneaked out of her home to meet Haines on one occasion and was picked up before entering a "lock-in" slumber party for young teens on another occasion.

Fire

Westminster: Firefighters responded at 9: 36 a.m. Wednesday to a fire alarm in the 400 block of N. Center St. Units were out five minutes.

Police

Westminster: Several residents in the Middlebrooke development told police Wednesday that property was stolen from vehicles parked outside their homes. The combined loss was estimated at $443.

Pub Date: 1/16/98

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