Carroll Digest


March 05, 2004

Pa. authorities continue probe into student's death

Pennsylvania police will meet with York County prosecutors to review the investigation of a former standout athlete at Westminster High School who authorities said died after overdosing on grain alcohol.

Spring Garden Township Police Chief George J. Swartz Jr. said investigators are trying to piece together what led to the death of Andrew S. Hayes, 19, who was found dead in his dormitory bed at York College on Dec. 13.

Toxicology reports released this week show that the cause of death was an overdose of grain alcohol. When Hayes died, his blood-alcohol level was .35 percent. No other drugs were detected in his system, and there was no evidence of assault or injury, police said. Swartz said he will meet with prosecutors within the next week to discuss what charges, if any, will be pursued in the case.

Hayes, a track and soccer star, was his high school's Male Athlete of the Year in 2002. During his senior year, he was named Carroll County Indoor Track Performer of the Year by The Sun.

Foreign exchange students to visit Liberty High School

Liberty High School and the local chapter of AFS, an exchange student program, kick off their third International Weekend today. The activities are part of the celebration of National Foreign Language Week.

Thirty-three students from around the world who are currently exchange students in the Baltimore-Annapolis area arrived at Liberty yesterday and will be living with families of Liberty students over the weekend.

The visiting students will shadow their Liberty host students at school today. Many teachers have expressed an interest in having the exchange students visit their classrooms to talk about their country and culture. The day's activities are scheduled to conclude with a potluck dinner and talent show.

Hearing set on changes to adequate facilities law

A public hearing on changes to the county's adequate public facilities law and other growth-related ordinances is scheduled for March 16 at Carroll Community College.

The ordinances are related to zoning, fire protection, landscaping, stormwater management and environmental issues, including floodplains. Changes were drafted as part of the county's freeze on residential development.

The county's commissioners imposed a yearlong freeze to give the planning department time to find ways to control the county's growth.

The hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Scott Center at 1601 Washington Road.

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