Grand jury indicts Westminster man in fatal beating A...


July 12, 2002

Grand jury indicts Westminster man in fatal beating

A Carroll County grand jury returned an indictment yesterday charging a 36-year-old Westminster man in the fatal beating last month of a woman whose body was found in an alley in the city.

Donald Lee Robertson of the 100 block of Pennsylvania Ave. was arrested June 16 and charged in the slaying of Sharon Ruth Yelton, 47, a Westminster woman of no fixed address. She was found about 6:30 a.m. June 16 on Winters Street behind the first block of West Main St., beaten with a shoe print on her face, police said.

Robertson, who is being held without bail at the Carroll County Detention Center, also was charged in the indictment with two counts of second-degree assault on two Westminster police officers who arrested him at a Taneytown tavern. The officers were not injured.

Robertson had been charged June 14 with driving under the influence of alcohol, and he had told several people that he was upset with Yelton because she had turned him in, according to charging documents. A Westminster police spokesman said she had not done so.

Carroll led the state in recycling last year

Carroll County led the state in recycling last year, according to the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Carroll recycled 59 percent of its trash that could be recycled, the highest percentage of any county in Maryland and 20 points above the state average, Gary Horst, county director of the Department of Enterprise and Recreation Services, told county commissioners yesterday.

Horst has tentatively scheduled an e-cycling day for Oct. 19 for residents who want to recycle televisions, computers, stereos and other electronic equipment. At a similar event in April, the county collected 15 tons of electronics.

Firearms facility expands with construction trailer

When the Carroll school system made a construction trailer available, the county's Department of Enterprise and Recreation Services soon found a place for it.

The 12-foot-by-57-foot trailer that contractors used during construction of Winters Mill High School recently was moved to the Hap Baker Firearms Facility in Westminster. The trailer offers nearly double the space of a structure that range enthusiasts had been using. It will give range officers space for gear.

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