August 04, 2004

Ehrlich dedicates ag center arena, Hampstead project

On a swing through Carroll County yesterday, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. dedicated the $5.5 million Danele Shipley Memorial Arena at the county Agriculture Center in Westminster and a $10 million senior housing project in Hampstead.

More than 500 people surrounded the entrance to the arena, which is filled with about 1,000 exhibits - mostly hogs, sheep, goats and cows - for the Carroll County 4-H/FFA Fair. As Ehrlich cut the dedication ribbon, he stood between Daniel and Eleanor Shipley, the parents of the woman for whom the building is named.

Ehrlich, along with Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Lewis R. Riley, took a brief tour of the arena, guided by Jamie Lynn Lippy and Kyle Barber, the 2004 Miss and Mr. 4-H.

Earlier, in Hampstead, Ehrlich visited Main Street and remarked on the town's efforts to transform the derelict 1918 school building into senior housing as part of its downtown revitalization.

Sykesville man, 19, charged in burglaries

A 19-year-old Sykesville man has been charged in a string of burglaries in an apartment complex, town police said yesterday.

Michael A. Johnson, who was staying recently in the Sykesville Apartments in the 7400 block of Village Road, was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center pending review of $50,000 bail set by a District Court commissioner yesterday, according to court records.

Johnson faces seven charges of first-degree burglary and seven charges of theft less than $500, according to the court records. The burglaries began July 27 and the investigation is continuing, said Sykesville police Chief John R. Williams.

Two dogs sought after child is bitten

As a 12-year-old boy prepares to undergo a series of five rabies shots, Carroll County Health Department officials are trying to locate two Labrador retrievers, one black and one tan, that approached him as he rode his bicycle Friday evening near Sykesville.

One of the two unleashed dogs bit the boy near the dead end of Martz Road off Route 26, said Larry Jones, an environmental sanitarian with the Health Department.

The dogs reportedly run regularly on a horse trail in Piney Run Park, he said. Health and animal control officials want to find them for 10 days of observation to see whether they carry rabies.

Anyone with information about the dogs is asked to call the Health Department at 410-876-1884 or the Carroll County Humane Society at 410-848-4810. After 5 p.m., callers are asked to contact the Emergency Operations Center at 410-386-2260.

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