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By Ellie Baublitz | February 10, 2007
Black powder being used at the Hap Baker Firearms Facility next to Carroll County's Northern Landfill ignited yesterday, causing a fire that heavily damaged the rifle range and destroyed an office trailer. Vivian Laxton, county spokesperson, said the officer on duty tried to extinguish the fire, but winds spread the flames to the rafters of the 80-by-24-foot roof of the rifle range. The officer evacuated two people who were using the range, and no injuries were reported, Laxton said. There was no estimate of damage.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2011
The condos at the Ritz-Carlton Residences offer "luxurious waterfront living" — with breathtaking views of Baltimore's Inner Harbor and amenities that include marble baths, landscaped terraces and butler's pantries with access for the help. But that's not enough for one resident. An architect has been talking to city officials about permits that might be needed to build a gun range in one of the penthouse-level condos on Key Highway, at the foot of Federal Hill. Inquiries about the gun range were meant to be hush-hush, but word about the unusual request got out quickly.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer | April 19, 1993
Some South Carroll residents oppose a proposed indoor rifle range, the county's first, at an Eldersburg business park because of the children in the area, says the leader of the South Carroll Coalition.A shooting range "has no place sandwiched between a high school and an indoor sports arena. I wish they'd find another place for it," said Kathy Horneman, the coalition's president."The issue is not the firing range itself. I see that need. It's just the wrong place for it," she said.Pikesville attorney Jay L. Liner and Arbutus contractor Joseph R. Twilley have proposed opening the Top Gun Indoor Range at the Eldersburg Business Center, on Route 32 across the road from Liberty High School.
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October 7, 2007
The Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department will hold its annual Fire Prevention Open House from noon to 4 p.m. today at the station on Route 32 at Freedom Avenue. The public is invited to enjoy fire engine rides, a Sesame Street fire prevention puppet show and tours of the fire station. Live auto extrication and vehicle fire demonstrations also will be held. Information: 410-795-9311. Fire prevention theme of event The Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Services Association will hold a Fire Prevention Week kickoff event from noon to 5 p.m. today at TownMall of Westminster.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | June 22, 2000
The state has decided to spend up to $2 million to fix the rifle range at its new law enforcement training center in Sykesville by adding a roof and side walls to keep errant shots and ricochets from endangering people at a nearby hospital and a driver-training track. Questions about design safety at the rifle range were first raised by Shannon Bohrer, who was hired to run the firearms training center in April 1999, well after construction had begun. Modifications to the range became necessary after he and various law enforcement officers raised concerns about its safety last month.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | May 21, 2000
The targets and firing line are ready, but Maryland's new $800,000 police rifle range can't open because of an apparent safety problem: Errant shots could hit a nearby driver-training track or buildings at the Springfield Hospital Center in Sykesville. Law enforcement officials fear that ricochets and shots fired slightly off-target could easily reach the track, which lies within 50 yards of the range and is used by hundreds of officers. Several hospital buildings also are within a half-mile of the range, and rifle shots can travel three to five miles.
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May 23, 2000
WITH ALL the public concern raised about other firing ranges in Carroll County, you'd think planners would have figured all the angles with the new police rifle range at the state training center in Sykesville. Like the angle between the shooting gallery and state mental hospital buildings 700 yards away, or the police driving course a mere 50 yards off. As it stands now, the rifle range won't open because authorities fear errant bullets could strike the driver training track or the Springfield Hospital buildings.
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June 27, 2000
WHY IT took nine months, or even longer, for state officials to publicly acknowledge serious safety deficiencies in the rifle range at the statewide police training center may never be known. But why the obvious flaw, of design and layout, went without correction during that period of time is a question to which the public deserves a clear answer. The state Department of General Services, which oversaw construction of the firearms facilities at the center near Sykesville, now plans to spend up to $2 million to fix a rifle range that was budgeted at $660,000.
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March 2, 2001
NEARLY two years after the first questions about its safety were raised, state officials still haven't found a satisfactory solution for the uncompleted rifle range at the police training center near Sykesville. The cost of the range has multiplied as officials squabbled with the original contractor, quibbled over costs and dilly-dallied over choosing a modified design. The range that was budgeted for $660,000 to open in the fall of 1999 will likely cost four times that much and probably won't even be ready for use this fall.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | May 28, 2000
After spending six months evaluating the modifications needed before opening the rifle range at the new $4.6 million police firearms training facility in Sykesville, Maryland officials still aren't sure what must be done, how long it will take or how much it will cost. Peta Richkus, secretary of the Maryland Department of General Services (DGS), shed little light last week after it was disclosed that errant shots or ricochets could hit a nearby police driver-training track or the grounds of Springfield Hospital Center a half-mile away.
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August 26, 2007
Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, a Republican representing the sixth district, presented medals to two veterans who had not received them at the time of their military service. The medals were presented at his Westminster office Thursday. John P. Micucci, was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Bronze Star attachment (double), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with Device (1960), Expert Badge and Grenade Bar and Sharpshooter Badge and Rifle Bar. He served in Vietnam with the Army's 25th Aviation Unit from Feb. 11, 1971, to June 19, 1972.
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April 1, 2007
Meeting to discuss impact of airport Anirban Basu of the Sage Policy Group will hold a public meeting to discuss his findings on the economic impact of Carroll County Regional Airport from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Scott Center at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster. Sage Policy Group was commissioned by the Industrial Development Authority in December 2006 to conduct a study on the economic and fiscal impact of the airport. Information: 410-386-2973.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Sun Reporter | February 13, 2007
The Maryland state fire marshal's office has determined that a fire at the Hap Baker Firearms Facility in Westminster was an accident. The blaze started shortly before noon Friday when hot ammunition ignited materials on the rifle range, according to the fire marshal's office. Fanned by brisk winds, the fire spread to the roof of the rifle range, then to an office trailer and a shed. No one was injured.
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By Ellie Baublitz | February 10, 2007
Black powder being used at the Hap Baker Firearms Facility next to Carroll County's Northern Landfill ignited yesterday, causing a fire that heavily damaged the rifle range and destroyed an office trailer. Vivian Laxton, county spokesperson, said the officer on duty tried to extinguish the fire, but winds spread the flames to the rafters of the 80-by-24-foot roof of the rifle range. The officer evacuated two people who were using the range, and no injuries were reported, Laxton said. There was no estimate of damage.
NEWS
March 2, 2001
NEARLY two years after the first questions about its safety were raised, state officials still haven't found a satisfactory solution for the uncompleted rifle range at the police training center near Sykesville. The cost of the range has multiplied as officials squabbled with the original contractor, quibbled over costs and dilly-dallied over choosing a modified design. The range that was budgeted for $660,000 to open in the fall of 1999 will likely cost four times that much and probably won't even be ready for use this fall.
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By Jamie Manfuso and Jamie Manfuso,SUN STAFF | February 26, 2001
Almost 16 months after officials raised concerns about the safety of the rifle range at the new $4.6 million police firearms training facility in Sykesville, the state has yet to settle on a design plan that will make the range safe at a cost it can accept. Last week, a private architecture firm gave the state proposed modifications for the range. But officials at the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services say the price tag - an additional $1.3 million to $2 million for a range originally slated to cost $800,000 - may be too costly.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Sun Reporter | February 13, 2007
The Maryland state fire marshal's office has determined that a fire at the Hap Baker Firearms Facility in Westminster was an accident. The blaze started shortly before noon Friday when hot ammunition ignited materials on the rifle range, according to the fire marshal's office. Fanned by brisk winds, the fire spread to the roof of the rifle range, then to an office trailer and a shed. No one was injured.
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By Jamie Manfuso and Jamie Manfuso,SUN STAFF | February 26, 2001
Almost 16 months after officials raised concerns about the safety of the rifle range at the new $4.6 million police firearms training facility in Sykesville, the state has yet to settle on a design plan that will make the range safe at a cost it can accept. Last week, a private architecture firm gave the state proposed modifications for the range. But officials at the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services say the price tag - an additional $1.3 million to $2 million for a range originally slated to cost $800,000 - may be too costly.
NEWS
June 27, 2000
WHY IT took nine months, or even longer, for state officials to publicly acknowledge serious safety deficiencies in the rifle range at the statewide police training center may never be known. But why the obvious flaw, of design and layout, went without correction during that period of time is a question to which the public deserves a clear answer. The state Department of General Services, which oversaw construction of the firearms facilities at the center near Sykesville, now plans to spend up to $2 million to fix a rifle range that was budgeted at $660,000.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | June 22, 2000
The state has decided to spend up to $2 million to fix the rifle range at its new law enforcement training center in Sykesville by adding a roof and side walls to keep errant shots and ricochets from endangering people at a nearby hospital and a driver-training track. Questions about design safety at the rifle range were first raised by Shannon Bohrer, who was hired to run the firearms training center in April 1999, well after construction had begun. Modifications to the range became necessary after he and various law enforcement officers raised concerns about its safety last month.
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