Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

October 31, 2002

School bus driver charged in collision on Route 32

A school bus driver was charged with a traffic violation yesterday afternoon after the bus collided with a northbound car on Route 32 near the main entrance to Westminster High School, according to state police at the Westminster barracks.

Eighteen students were on the bus, bound from neighboring Carroll County Career and Technology Center to Francis Scott Key High School about 2:15 p.m., police said. Two 17-year-old students and the driver of the 1988 Toyota Camry, Rhiannon Zablocki, 20, of Westminster were taken to Carroll County General Hospital as a precaution, said police, who did not release the students' names.

Bus driver Kenneth Shoemaker, 38, of Taneytown received a traffic ticket on a charge of failure to yield the right of way to another vehicle, police said. The 1999 International school bus, No. 399, is owned by Charles Barnhart of Taneytown. The bus driver and the other students were not taken to the hospital, authorities said.

Jones' campaign reports raise Democrats' concerns

Carroll County Democratic State Central Committee has asked state election officials to investigate campaign finance reports for Perry L. Jones Jr., a Republican running for county commissioner.

In a letter dated Tuesday, committee Chairman Thomas V. McCarron expressed concern over two lump sums, one of $1,175 and one of $5,550, listed in Jones' filing. McCarron wrote that because the sums were listed as individual donations of more than $51, Jones should have identified the donors.

Jones responded yesterday that the lump sums represented groups of individual donations and ticket purchases, all for $51 or less. He said state election officials have told him he can combine such donations and list them as lump sums on his report. Such listings are permitted, confirmed Terry Holliday, deputy director of candidacy and campaign finance for the state board of elections.

Jones' campaign treasurer also has said he made mistakes filing his candidate's report that showed Jones having more money than he does. Those mistakes will be addressed in an amended report, he said.

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