Carroll Digest

CARROLL DIGEST

February 20, 2004

Public can inspect voting machines set for use in primary

The Carroll County Board of Elections has scheduled a public inspection at 6 p.m. today of the nearly 500 voting machines that will be used for the first time in the March 2 primary.

"We have run all the machines through logic and accuracy tests before they go out to the precincts next week," said Patricia Matsko, elections board director. "We will show all the procedures we used to make sure the machines are secure."

The sealed machines are in the gymnasium of the county Annex Building, 224 N. Court St., Westminster.

The machines will be delivered to precincts next week and housed in secure areas until the primary election.

Information: 410-386-2080.

20 candidates apply for vacant judgeship

Applicants were announced yesterday for the Carroll County Circuit Court judgeship vacated by Luke K. Burns Jr. when he retired last month.

The 20 candidates include a District Court judge, a prosecutor and a public defender.

Most are familiar faces in the local courthouses. They include District Judge JoAnn Ellinghaus-Jones, a former clerk for Burns who has sat on the bench in Carroll County for more than a dozen years.

Also applying is Tracy A. Gilmore, a prosecutor who successfully tried a former school superintendent in the rape of an elementary-school-age girl. Gilmore's father was a Circuit Court judge who served alongside Burns. Other applicants include Judson K. Larrimore, the managing attorney of the county public defender's office, and Peter M. Tabatsko, a master who oversees juvenile cases.

Rounding out the list are lawyers David K. Bowersox, James F. Brewer, Frank D. Coleman, Albert D. Copperthite, Patrick S. Daly, James M. Earp, Fred S. Hecker, Joseph B. Hughes, David P. Kennedy, John B. Leahy, Michael S. Levin, Charles M. Preston, Kirk Seaman, Thomas F. Stansfield, Janet M. Truhe and Wayne M. Willoughby.

New Windsor man accused in BB-gun shooting of teen

A New Windsor man was arrested yesterday and charged with assault after a teen-ager was shot with a BB gun at the man's home Wednesday night.

Arron Madison, 25, of the 100 block of Main St., was charged with first- and second-degree assault and reckless endangerment after William Boyer, 18, told police that he had been shot at Madison's house, authorities said.

Boyer told police that he was sitting on a couch on the first floor when a man came down the stairs about 11:30 p.m. and started firing BB pellets at him. Police said Boyer was struck in several areas, including his right eye. Madison took Boyer to Carroll Hospital Center, and the teen-ager was transferred to a Baltimore hospital for additional treatment.

Authorities said they executed a search and seizure warrant at Madison's house and retrieved a black BB gun. Police said Madison denied intentionally harming Boyer and said he believed that the gun was not loaded.

Madison was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center.

Commissioners approve purchase of building

The Carroll County commissioners approved yesterday an option to buy a building on a half-acre at 101 N. Center St. to house more government offices.

The property, owned by Lighthouse Holdings LLC, is next to the County Office Building and will cost $400,000, said Doug Myers, director of the county Department of Public Works.

The settlement is expected to close next week, Myers said.

Carroll's 17 Lions Clubs honored by commissioners

Carroll's Lions Clubs were recognized yesterday for their 64 years of community service in the county.

The county commissioners recognized their work and proclaimed yesterday through Feb. 26 as Lions Community Service Week in Carroll.

The 17 Lions Clubs, including the Lioness Club for women and the Leo group for young people, combined for 693 years of service and contributed more than 1 million hours of volunteer work, said Carl H. Welsh, the district governor of the Lions Clubs of Western Maryland. Carroll County has more than 600 Lions Club members, Welsh said.

"Your organization is one that has thrived and moved forward," Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge said to more than two dozen Lions Club members who packed the meeting room at the County Office Building in Westminster.

New advisory committee proposed for environment

A new group of residents would advise the Carroll County commissioners on matters related to the environment under a proposal presented to the three officials yesterday.

The Environmental Advisory Council would replace the nine-member Environmental Affairs Advisory Board, which would be disbanded under the proposal.

The council would be structured to more adequately represent various parties, including business, agricultural and development communities, and would have 10 to 12 appointed members.

The council also would focus on policy issues "that will benefit and support the environmental policies" of the commissioners, according to the proposal.

"It's not just a committee in title only, but a full working committee," said Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge.

The commissioners expressed support for the proposal, and the county Department of Planning is expected to come before the board again with a more detailed plan and a possible list of candidates.

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