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By Marie Marciano Gullard, Special to The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2011
At a time in life when retired couples often consider downsizing with the goal of uncomplicating their lives, Jean and George Smorse took a different path. In March 2000, the couple moved to Taneytown in northern Carroll County, where they purchased a home in the development of Meadowbrook. The builder allowed George Smorse, a 76-year old retired electrician and avid woodworker, to customize several interior elements of the two-story Colonial-style home while it was under construction.
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Staff Reports | June 3, 2014
Law enforcement officers representing the agencies throughout Carroll County will hits the road Wednesday, June 4 beginning at 8 a.m. in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Maryland. Officers will escort the Special Olympics “Flame of Hope” as it makes its way toward the opening of the 44th annual Summer Games at Towson University, June 6-8. On Wednesday, runners in Carroll will come from six locations across the county. The schedule is as follows (all times are approximate and subject to change)
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2010
A man accused of shooting at Taneytown police officers Thursday night has been arrested, according to Maryland State Police. Just before 7:30 p.m., officers from the Taneytown Police Department went to the 400 block of Red Tulip Court for a report of shots fired, authorities said. They approached the rear of the home and found a man holding what appeared to be a shotgun. The officers said the man cursed at them, adding "come and get me," and then shot at them, according to police. As the officers retreated and called for backup, they said the man fired additional shots.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2014
Amid a storm over prayer at government meetings, Carroll County Commissioner Robin Frazier leaned back in a carved wooden rocking chair in the Taneytown public library and quietly gave voice to her fears about the direction of the country. What happened to freedom of speech and the biblical principles the United States was founded upon, she asked a handful of constituents who gathered for one of her monthly discussions Saturday. The current commissioners, all voted into office in 2010, decided that they would open their meetings with prayers because "we believe that guidance from God would be a good thing in making the decisions before us," Frazier said.
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April 27, 1993
FIRE* Taneytown: Taneytown, Union Bridge and Harney responded to a house fire on Crouse Mill Road at 3:51 p.m. Monday. Units were out for 30 minutes.
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April 21, 2013
The State Highway Administration is warning motorists to expect lane closures on Md. Route 194 (Frederick Street/York Street) in Taneytown beginning Monday as crews patch and resurface the one mile of Route 194 in the city limits. Lane closures will occur between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. SHA will use flagging crews, signs, cones and barrels to guide motorists through the work zone. The project will begin Monday and will be complete in late May, weather permitting.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2011
A 44-year-old man was found dead inside of his Taneytown home Friday afternoon, and investigators believe he may have been killed by an explosion, according to Maryland State Police. Carey M. Landskroner of the 400 block of Red Tulip Court was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy conducted Saturday at the chief medical examiner's office in Baltimore indicates that he may have died as a result of an explosion. The manner of death is unclear, but state police have ruled out homicide.
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August 17, 1993
FIRE Taneytown: Engines from the Taneytown station responded for a vehicle fire on East Baltimore Street at 4:28 p.m. Saturday. They were out for 12 minutes.
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May 5, 1991
Henry Reindollar Jr., Henry Heine Jr. and George Dodson Sr. (seekingthe mayoral seat) and Jacqueline J. Polk and W. Robert Flickinger (running unopposed for council) were asked these four questions:* What do you view as the city's three most immediate needs?* Considering the anticipated growth in Taneytown, how could the city assure adequate services for its residents (i.e.: water, roads, fire and emergency services, public facilities)?* Do you believe the county and towns can meet the 1994 mandate for 15 percent recycling?
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May 14, 1993
FIRE* Uniontown: A transformer fire on Uniontown Road at 5:21 p.m. Wednesday brought firefighters from the New Windsor station, who remained at the scene for 32 minutes.
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By Samantha Iacia, For The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2014
Date: Jan. 4 Her story: Kathryn "Katie" Thomas, 26, grew up in Frederick. She is a veterinarian at the Highland County Veterinary Hospital in Hillsboro, Ohio. Her father, Kevin Thomas, is a retired Army colonel, and her mother, Susan Thomas, is a stay-at-home mom who raised Katie and her five siblings. Her parents live in Frederick. His story: Cody Yager, 26, grew up in Tempe, Ariz. He is a veterinarian employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. His mother, Dr. Elizabeth Yager, is a triple board-certified psychiatrist and lives in Christiansburg, Va. Their story: Katie and Cody met in September 2010 during their second year of veterinarian school at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Va. They were both members of the Christian Veterinary Fellowship, and Cody organized a hike with the group to Cascade Falls in southwest Virginia.
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January 27, 2014
Carlye Alissa Brunson, daughter of Mark and Meg Brunson of Bel Air, and Stephen Scott Myrick Jr. of Bel Air, son of Stephen Myrick and Angela Smith of Baltimore, announce their engagement. The prospective bride and groom are graduates of Bel Air High School, where they met. Brunson is employed with Med Star Health in Bel Air and is continuing her education toward a nursing degree at Harford Community College. Myrick is a graduate of Harford Community College's electrician's program and is employed by Clinton Electric in Towson.
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By Elizabeth Heubeck, For The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2013
Josephine Grant never knows what she'll find at her doorstep when she comes home. The biggest surprise came when she returned from school one day last spring to a stack of 10 enormous cardboard boxes, each containing dozens of baby bottles. No one in her family could use them. But nearby, there was a great need for the bottles, and Grant knew what to do. This "hobby" of Grant's started when she was 13. "My little cousin was born with Goldenhar syndrome, was always in and out of the hospital, and never had anything to do while in there," she said.
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April 21, 2013
The State Highway Administration is warning motorists to expect lane closures on Md. Route 194 (Frederick Street/York Street) in Taneytown beginning Monday as crews patch and resurface the one mile of Route 194 in the city limits. Lane closures will occur between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. SHA will use flagging crews, signs, cones and barrels to guide motorists through the work zone. The project will begin Monday and will be complete in late May, weather permitting.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2013
If you bought a lottery ticket for the Powerball drawing on Saturday in Dundalk or Taneytown, you might be $1 million richer. The Maryland Lottery announced Monday that two second-tier Powerball tickets worth $1 million were bought in the state - one at the Giant on Merritt Boulevard in Dundalk and one at the Thunderhead Bowl and Grill on Old Taneytown Road in Taneytown. Neither winner has come forward yet. The winners have 182 days to claim their prizes, the lottery said. Lottery officials said nearly 26,000 people in Maryland won $4 or more through Saturday's drawing, and urged those who had purchased tickets to check to see if they are winners.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | January 6, 2013
James Wilmer "Bill" Bowles Jr., retired CEO of Evapco Inc., died Dec. 28 of lung cancer at his Annapolis home. He was 66. Born and raised in Leonardtown, Mr. Bowles was a 1966 graduate of St. Mary's Ryken High School and earned a degree in history from St. Mary's College of Maryland. Mr. Bowles went to work in 1972 for Baltimore Air Coil, a cooling system manufacturer, where he rose to vice president. In 1990, he joined Evapco Inc., the Taneytown manufacturer of industrial and commercial cooling systems, where he was CEO until his 2004 retirement.
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By Traci A. Johnson and Traci A. Johnson,Sun Staff Writer | February 4, 1994
The Taneytown City Council will contribute $5,000 toward a feasibility study for the downtown revitalization project.The City Council voted Wednesday during a special meeting to add the money to a $10,000 state grant that Taneytown recently received from the Maryland Small Cities Community Block Grant Program, a division of the state Department of Housing and Community Development.The project is intended to renovate the "town square" area at East Baltimore Street and Francis Scott Key Highway.
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By Darren M. Allen and Darren M. Allen,Sun Staff Writer | May 14, 1995
Grinding poverty and the booming suburbs meet head-on in the Carroll County community of Taneytown, which last week turned down $100,000 in state money because officials feared abortion counseling was attached to the cash.Scrapping the community health center the money was to have bought has exposed the dichotomy of the 240-year-old locality four miles south of the Mason-Dixon Line: Taneytown is at once Carroll's poorest, least-educated and insular community and one of Baltimore's fastest growing suburbs.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2012
Police in Carroll County on Tuesday evening fatally shot a man who is said to have approached an officer wielding a hammer, according to a press release issued on Wednesday. Taneytown Police Chief William Tyler said in a prepared statement that officers responded to an incident shortly after 8:30 p.m., on Commerce Drive, after receiving a 911 call. The callers reported that their son had been drinking and acting erratically. The caller's father said that his son was smashing the windows of his truck with a hammer.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2012
A grand jury in Carroll County has indicted a sex offender registered in Maryland and Pennsylvania on 20 counts of sexual offenses involving minors, according to a statement issued by the Maryland State's Attorney's Office. The grand jury registered the indictment against David Michael Blaker, a 31-year-old Taneytown resident currently incarcerated in Pennsylvania. The move is the culmination of a six-month investigation by the Carroll County Advocacy and Investigation Center, a division of the State's Attorney's Office.
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