The County Council has agreed to spend more...

SALISBURY --

November 19, 1998

SALISBURY -- The County Council has agreed to spend more than $4 million to improve communications and computer systems for police and firefighters.

About $3.5 million will go toward building a new communications tower and upgrading radios.

The improvements approved Tuesday will simplify communications between fire companies and police departments by allowing them to talk directly over their radios, Sheriff Hunter Nelms said.

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LINTHICUM HEIGHTS -- A statewide conference on community development will be held today beginning at 10: 30 a.m. at the Maritime Institute of Technology, 5700 Hammonds Ferry Road.

Featured speakers will be the Rev. Joseph R. Hacala, a special assistant for interfaith and community outreach at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Roy O. Priest, president and CEO of the National Congress for Community Economic Development, a trade association for more than 2,500 community development corporations.

The conference is sponsored by the Maryland Center for Community Development, an organization of groups statewide that promote affordable housing and community-based economic development.

FREDERICK -- Four members of a Chicago family have been charged in the Sept. 5 theft of $25,036 from the Frederick Home Depot, the county Sheriff's Office said.

The arrests follow a 10-week investigation that involved Illinois experts familiar with more than 200 suspects from 55 families in the Chicago area, officials said.

The suspects were identified by videotape as Mara Pavlov, 46; her daughter and son-in-law, Julie, 23, and John Konstaninov, 20; and Artin Khatchik, 23. Prosecutors will extradite the suspects from Illinois, said Detective Keith Bowerman of the Sheriff's Office.

Pub Date: 11/19/98

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