Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

March 04, 2004

Bench warrant is issued for hate-crime defendant

A county judge issued a no-bond bench warrant for a Mount Airy man accused of violating Maryland's hate-crime law after the man failed to appear in court yesterday.

Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. issued the warrant for Justin Eugene Wright, 20, of the 200 block of Watersville Road. Wright is charged with nine counts of malicious destruction of property and one count of racial or religious harassment. .

Authorities say Wright was responsible for spray-painting racial slurs and vulgar phrases on houses, cars and sidewalks in a Mount Airy neighborhood last fall. Two teen-age boys were charged as juveniles in the incidents.

2 work sessions planned on adequate-facilities law

Two public work sessions on changes to the county's law on adequate public facilities and other growth-related ordinances are scheduled today from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Room 003 of the County Office Building in Westminster.

Residents can comment and ask questions about the revisions that were drafted as part of the freeze on residential development. The county commissioners imposed the yearlong freeze to give the planning department time to find ways to control the county's growth.

Man who assaulted teen outside grocery is sought

Police are looking for the man who assaulted a 17-year-old girl outside an Eldersburg grocery store Tuesday afternoon.

The girl, an employee of the Safeway store on Londontowne Boulevard, told police she was collecting shopping carts when she was approached by a man with a rural Southern accent. He began a conversation with her, then assaulted her before she was able to break free and run into the store, police said.

Police described the assailant as a white male with brown eyes, 40 to 45 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a medium build and a protruding stomach. He was wearing silver-framed glasses, a green T-shirt, a plain green baseball cap, dark blue jeans and white tennis shoes.

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

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