Carroll Digest

Carroll Digest

October 16, 2002

Commissioners review proposals for the Assembly

The county commissioners reviewed yesterday legislative proposals for the 2003 General Assembly session, including one that would create local police and fire departments.

Any legislation would "clarify the commissioners' authority to establish a police force or a fire department should a future board want to," said Kim Millender, county attorney.

Other proposals discussed included bond bills for various county projects and subpoena power to the ethics commission. Millender developed a list of nine proposals after conferring with the commissioners and their department chiefs.

The commissioners typically meet with the legislative delegation in December to review the proposals. Millender said she has not conferred with Sen. Larry E. Haines, leader of the county delegation, "since some of the legislators might change" as a result of the election next month.

For the same reason, Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge said she would prefer waiting until the next board takes office before making any decision on a legislative package.

Westminster residents arrested on drug charges

Two Westminster residents were arrested after $800 worth of suspected cocaine was found in a vehicle after a routine traffic stop on Pennsylvania Avenue late Monday night, Westminster police said.

Michael Anthony Watson, 42, of the first block of S. Church St. was charged with possession of cocaine and paraphernalia and possession with intent to distribute, and Nancy Lee Weaver, 36, of the 700 block of Windsor Drive was charged with possession of cocaine and paraphernalia, police said.

Hampstead family displaced after house fire

A two-alarm fire damaged a Hampstead home early yesterday and displaced its residents, who are being assisted by relatives and neighbors, authorities said.

A malfunction in a car battery is suspected to have started the fire in the attached garage in the 1200 block of Wynside Lane about midnight, said a spokesman for the fire marshal's office in Sykesville.

The fire was discovered by the owners, Robert Michael Smith and his wife, authorities said. Damage to the house, garage and contents was estimated at $150,000.

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