Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

March 11, 2003

Cost of parking could be increased in Westminster

Parking costs in Westminster will rise if the Common Council approves legislation introduced at last night's meeting.

Timed to coincide with the completion of the city's two downtown parking garages this summer, the rate increases apply to parking violation fees, meters and municipal lots, said Thomas B. Beyard, director of planning and public works.

If approved, the city would issue a warning for the first parking violation and issue a $15 ticket for the second one. The fourth would be a $50 fine.

Parking at a metered space in the city for an hour would cost 50 cents an hour instead of 25 cents.

Monthly fees at most municipal lots would rise to $25, from $20, while spaces at the new parking decks on Longwell Avenue and Westminster Square will cost $30. The lot behind City Hall would remain free.

Prince George's man, 60, pleads guilty in sex case

A 60-year-old Prince George's County man entered guilty pleas yesterday in Carroll County Circuit Court to using computers to solicit unlawful sexual activity by a minor, and to having a loaded handgun when he arrived at a Westminster restaurant Aug. 13 to meet what turned out to be an undercover sheriff's deputy, prosecutors said.

Michael P. Patterson of the 13000 block of Coldwater Court, Fort Washington, entered an Alford plea - conceding enough evidence to convict him while maintaining his innocence - as part of a plea agreement, said Assistant State's Attorney Amy L. Blank. He received probation before judgment from Judge Michael M. Galloway, who ordered that Patterson continue group and individual therapy and be placed on five years of supervised probation.

Emergency repairs begin today on Ridge Road

The Carroll County Bureau of Roads Operations will begin emergency repairs today on Ridge Road in Eldersburg, between Gemini Drive and Route 26.

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