Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

February 12, 2003

Three charged with armed robbery of convenience store

Three suspects in an armed robbery Saturday evening at a Sykesville-area convenience store have been arrested, state police at the Westminster barracks said yesterday.

The robbery occurred about 5 p.m. at Little George's Convenience Store in the 7000 block of Gaither Road, when one man brandished a knife at a female clerk, who was not injured, and left with an undisclosed sum of cash as two other men waited outside, the police said.

One man was arrested about two hours later during a traffic stop conducted with the Sykesville police, state police said. A second suspect surrendered Sunday, and a third was arrested at his residence in Howard County after the police obtained a warrant, they said.

Charged with armed robbery, robbery and conspiracy are: Michael Paul Stomberg, 18, of the 500 block of Bunker Hill Court, Sykesville, James Allen Michael Schaeffer, 20, of 6500 block of Church St., Sykesville, and Michael Ryan Gross, 24, of the 13900 block of Forsythe Road, Sykesville. They were to appear before a District Court commissioner.

Area officials to renew pact on reservoir land

Officials from Carroll and Baltimore counties and Baltimore City will renew an agreement to protect the land surrounding the area's reservoirs from rampant development and will hold a signing ceremony at 11 a.m. Feb. 24 at a spot that overlooks the Liberty Reservoir dam off Wards Chapel Road in Eldersburg, the Baltimore Metropolitan Council announced yesterday.

Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge, Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, Baltimore County Executive James T. Smith Jr. and several Cabinet-level state officials are to sign the document.

The city and the surrounding counties put together the nonbinding Reservoir Watershed Protection Agreement in 1984 and have periodically reaffirmed their support for it. But several years ago, then-Carroll Commissioners Donald I. Dell and Robin Bartlett Frazier, who feuded with state officials over development issues, refused to endorse the document, saying it infringed on their land-use authority.

"Recent changes in leadership at the local and state levels make this an auspicious time to recommit to the goals of the 1984 agreement," the BMC said in its announcement.

The current board of commissioners' signing could bring more water to the South Carroll area, which suffers from seasonal shortages. The city made additional water from Liberty Reservoir, which it owns, contingent on a ratified agreement. State officials also tied permits for a series of wells at Springfield Hospital Center to the agreement.

In the event of inclement weather, the signing would take place at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church parish hall, 2205 Old Liberty Road, Eldersburg.

Community college to hold open house Monday

Carroll Community College will hold an open house for high school students and their parents Monday, which is a holiday for county public schools.

The session will begin at 10 a.m. with registration and welcome. At 10:30 a.m., parents can attend a 90-minute "Just for Parents Session." During this time, students will go to a career decision-making activity, the "South Sea Island Career Cruise Workshop," tour the campus and sample a college class.

An optional workshop on financial aid will be presented from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Participants also will receive an application packet, college catalog, financial aid information and other college materials.

Registration is required: 410-386-8435.

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