In Frederick County Brunswick records studied for...

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April 25, 2001

In Frederick County

Brunswick records studied for evidence of corruption

BRUNSWICK - State police examined Brunswick City Hall records yesterday for evidence of financial mismanagement after a recent audit revealed accounting discrepancies.

About $30,000 appears to be missing, Frederick County State's Attorney Scott Rolle said. He said the investigation could lead to charges against a city employee but declined to discuss details of the probe.

City offices were closed Monday while police gathered evidence. They took a sealed cardboard box, a bulging paper bag and a computer hard drive from the building. Later, a locksmith changed the door locks.

Judge won't dismiss suit over fumes from hog farm

FREDERICK - A Frederick County judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit claiming fumes from a hog farm have damaged the health of the farmer's neighbors.

No date has been set for a trial in Karen and Richard Kuhn's lawsuit against Rodney Harbaugh. If they succeed, Harbaugh would have to shut down his 2,400-head hog operation and could be forced to pay as much as $75,000 in damages.

Circuit Judge John H. Tisdale denied Harbaugh's dismissal motion last week. Harbaugh also is challenging the state's refusal to issue a wastewater discharge permit that he needs to expand the operation to 4,000 hogs.

In Montgomery County

Duncan to introduce bill targeting massage parlors

ROCKVILLE - Montgomery County Executive Douglas Duncan says he is planning to introduce a bill next week requiring massage parlors in the county to get licenses and banning massages between men and women.

The proposal comes after reports that informers paid by the county police hired prostitutes and engaged in sexual acts in at least two recent investigations. The informers were part of an investigation that led to the arrest of five women at a downtown Bethesda massage parlor.

Duncan said the bill will be aimed at shutting down parlors that are fronts for prostitution. Massage parlor owners and employees would be required to register with the county and submit to criminal background checks. Many surrounding jurisdictions require parlors to be licensed.

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