Carroll Digest

Carroll Digest

July 11, 2004

No signs of foul play in death at shelter, investigators say

State police investigating the death of a woman at Carroll County's homeless shelter early Wednesday said they have found no signs of foul play or physical abuse.

The woman was found lying on a bench on an outside porch at the Safe Haven Shelter in Westminster. Shelter administrators called emergency personnel, who pronounced the woman dead at the scene. She had been taking several medications, and police said they found evidence that she had been ill before she died. Her body was transported to the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore. An autopsy report is pending.

Carroll's Human Services Program, which oversees the shelter, is withholding the name and age of the woman at the request of her relatives.

Hampstead announces vacancy on council

Hampstead officials are accepting the names of residents interested in filling the term of a councilman who has moved to Florida.

Scott A. Antonelli, 43, was elected to a four-year term in May 2003, after being appointed in 2001 to fill the seat of a former member who moved out of town, Mayor Haven N. Shoemaker Jr. said.

"It's my understanding that he is in Florida now," Shoemaker said last week. Antonelli previously served on the town's planning and zoning commission and tree commission.

"We will probably give people 30 to 60 days to apply, go through the list of applicants and call them in for interviews," he said of the vacancy, which is to be formally announced at the meeting Tuesday night.

Residents age 25 or older who have lived in Hampstead for at least one year may send a letter to the town hall expressing their interest in filling Antonelli's term, Shoemaker said. Council members are paid $2,400 a year.

Back-to-school program accepting registration

The Shepherd's Staff, a Westminster-based ecumenical ministry, is taking registration through July 30 for its back-to-school program for needy children.

Parents must register their children at the Shepherd's Staff office, 30 Carroll St., Westminster. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday; and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Parents must take their child's Social Security number and school location. No phone registration will be accepted. Children from all over the county are welcome.

Information: 410-857-5944.

Committee to interview candidates for House seat

The Carroll County Republican Central Committee will interview candidates for the District 5A House of Delegates seat vacated by Carmen Amedori at 6 p.m. July 24 in the public meeting room of the Carroll County Board of Education on Court Street in Westminster.

The interviews will be open to the public. Each candidate will respond individually to a set of prepared questions while other candidates are sequestered.

Amedori resigned July 1 to accept an appointment to the Maryland Parole Commission. So far, seven candidates have applied for the seat. The most recent is Mark Kowalski, a Westminster business owner.

Other candidates include Dr. Michael Gloth, a Westminster physician; David Roush, former manager of Lehigh Portland Cement Co. in Union Bridge; C. Scott Stone, president of the county Board of Education; Tanya Shewell, former president of the Republican Women's Club of Carroll County; Westminster Fire Chief Kevin Utz: and James Reter, an accountant and member of the central committee.

The committee expects a few more resumes to arrive in the mail early this week - they had to be postmarked no later than Friday. A final list should be ready by Tuesday.

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