Carroll Digest

Carroll Digest

October 18, 2002

City manager quits in Taneytown; gives no reason for leaving

The city manager of Taneytown resigned yesterday, becoming the second high-level city official to quit this year without publicly explaining why.

Patrick Nield had served as city manager since February 2001. His resignation followed that of police Chief Gregory S. Woelfel in April. Like Woelfel, Nield had been on leave from his job in the days before his resignation.

The city's announcement of the resignation said Nield left to pursue other opportunities. Reached at his home yesterday, Nield declined to elaborate on his reasons for resigning but wished the city well.

Taneytown Mayor Henry Heine said he would serve as city manager while the City Council searches for Nield's replacement. Heine said the most important matters for the town are opening a new police station and renovating City Hall. The police station will be finished ahead of schedule next month, Heine said, and the city will solicit bids for City Hall.

Police investigate report man was attacked, robbed

Maryland State Police were investigating yesterday a man's report that he was assaulted and robbed along Route 30 in the Hampstead area.

Christopher Lee Hale, 19, of an unknown address, told police he was traveling on Route 30 late Wednesday night when the vehicle behind him started flashing its high beams at him. Hale said he pulled over into a business parking lot and one or more people beat him and took jewelry and money from him. Police received the report after Hale was taken to Carroll County General Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released yesterday morning.

Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 410- 386-3000.

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