Frederick News Post

April 10, 2002

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Frederick News-Post (Newspaper) - April 10, 2002, Frederick, Maryland Nets beat Wizards Sports 1-1 Jacqueline Kennedy exhibit: Camelot at the Corcoran Family B-5 oo the kitchen The right gadgets make cooking easy Food A-9 2002 Randall Family, LLC Vol. 119 NO. 156 2 I J Ioiluy Kvi'imijK i J Wednesday, April 10, 2002 Frederick, Maryland 21705 NIH plans new lab at Detrick By FRANK J. GIOVINAZZI News-Post Staff The National Institutes of Health plans to build a high-security, million biological containment lab at Fort Detrick to develop vaccines for the fight against bioterrorism, government officials said Tuesday. The NIH lab will complement a similar "level four" Army lab already at Detrick, said Dr. Jack Killen, assistant director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The Army's lab processed the anthrax-laced letter sent to Sen. Tom Daschle last Octo- ber in an attempt to identify where that particular strain originated. Dr. Killen said NIH scientists would collaborate with Army researchers, whose primary role is to protect military personnel. The NIH lab's focus is "much more on the end of providing the tools to pro- tect the he said. Scientists' efforts would not be limited to anthrax. Dr. Killen said. "Studies will be performed to devel- op drugs or vaccines to treat or pre- vent a variety of diseases that would arise from a bioterrorism he said. Technically known as a "biosafe- ty level 4" laboratory, it is designed to safely handle the "nastiest microbes on the said Lisa Wright, press secretary for Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-6th. Deadly, infectious agents such as Eboia, smallpox, hantavirus and Rift Valley Fever all require a level 4 laboratory to be studied safely. Ms. Wright said the congress- man was working on the emergency appropriations bill, which would pay (Continued on Page A-14) Thieves targeting i i j unlocked cars By KATE LECKIE News-Post Staff Thieves have been ransacking unlocked vehicles over the past two weeks, and two more neighbor- hoods were hit Monday night. This time, residents in Farm- brook and along Canada Hill Road in Myersville awoke Tuesday to find items missing, said deputies with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office. In Farmbrook, one item missing was a 1994 burgundy Honda Accord, the second Honda in a week report- ed stolen during a rash of vehicle break-ins under investigation. The first Honda stolen, a 2001 black Honda Civic taken from Spring Ridge, was located Friday in a Hagerstown area frequented by drug dealers. Tags reported stolen in the City of Frederick were dis- played on the car and the stereo had been stolen. The car had been Liquor board pub's icense By KATE LECKIE News-Post Staff BRUNSWICK The Frederick County Liquor Board on Tuesday permanently revoked the liquor license of My Cousin's Pub, essen- tially shutting down the bar at 12 S. Maple Avc., Brunswick Police Chief Clark Price said at a city council meeting Tuesday night. "The owner, Warren Moore, has 48 hours to get all the alcohol removed from the premises, and he will not be able to sell any beer, wine (Continued on Page A-14) Index Business........A-ll-12 Classified........B-9-16 Comics............B-8 Editorials, Letters .A-6 Family...........B-5-7 Food...........A-9-10 Obituaries..........A-5 Sports............B-l-3 TV Listings.........B-4 Weather............A-2 rammed into a wall, said Deputy First Class Denise Wyant. Deputies are repeating their advice to residents to lock their vehicles to protect against theft. In the thefts that began in late March, the criminals have been tar- geting unlocked vehicles, taking compact discs, credit cards, cell phones and cash. Stereos have been removed from some of the vehicles. The thefts began in the Stone Bridge and Kingsbrook communi- ties before moving on to Spring Ridge last week, where 35 unlocked vehicles were burglarized. Deputies are reviewing a surveil- lance tape from a Hagerstown store, where someone tried to use a stolen bank card, but no arrests have been made. New Market West was hit early this week, then the Farmbrook com- (Continued on Page A-14) Staff photo by Bill Green Rose Hill Manor in Frederick City is one of the many local tourist attractions that has seen an increase in visitors in the past year. Tourism thriving in Frederick County By SEAN BARRY News-Post Staff sbarryf: Officials say Frederick County's tourism industry is thriving, and big plans are under way to attract more out-of-towners, but some resi- dents worry about noise, traffic and other issues as visitors flock to the region. A new study estimates travel-related business in Frederick County in 2000 the most recent year completely studied was million, a 10.2 percent jump from 1999. The increase over 1999, which tourism offi- cials attribute to their emphasis on advertising, pushed Frederick County up one notch to 10th place in travel revenues among Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore city. In the state-sponsored study, statistical mod- els were used to figure visit's' spending on lof' ing, restaurant meals, rental cars, gasoline, antiques, admission to parks and museums and other goods and services. The Frederick County Tourism Council publi- cized the study over the weekend to coincide with the season openings of popular destinations like the Schifferstadt, Rose Hill Manor and Bar- bara Fritchie museums. The study was conducted for the Maryland Office of Tourism Development by the Travel Industry Association of America. Such studies are conducted for each year, and economists typ- ically need a year or more to analyze the data gathered. But tourism officials say actual travel-related revenues are impossible to calculate with a lot of precision. The annual state-sponsored reports don't dis- iguish between business or pleasure travel. ich have o ig economic impacts. And. the reports define a visitor as someone who either pays for lodging, comes from at least 50 miles away, or both. Because of such criteria. Montgomery County residents' day trips to Frederick known to be a major local revenue source, aren't counted in the studies. In fact. John Fieseler, executive director of the Frederick County Tourism Council, says that roughly half of visitors to the county from the metropolitan Washington and Baltimore region are unaccounted for. "I don't think this is an accurate reflection of (travel-related) spending in Frederick Mr. Fieseler said. But he noted the criteria in the annual studies apply to all jurisdictions. Under the same definition of a visitor as used (Continued on Page A-14) Woman struck by car, killed getting her mail Authorities were investigating the death of a woman struck while walking across Old Frederick Road in Emimtsburg Tuesday afternoon. By KATIE DUNN News-Post Staff EMMITSBURG A woman as killed Tuesday afternoon when ;he was struck by a car as she ..Tossed the road in front of her house after getting mail from her mailbox, authorities said. Irene Agnes 60, of 15809 Old Frederick Road was killed at p.m. as she crossed the street. said Sgt. Tom Winebrenner of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office. Kyle David Lews, 19. of 7910 Rocicy Acre Drive. T'hurmont, saw Mrs. Wantz crossing the road ahead of him and shifted into the other lane, but the woman walked into the path of his 1995 Pontiac Grand Am, said Sgt. Winebrenner. Mrs. had just retrieved her mail from her mailbox on the opposite side of the road and was heading back to her house, he said. Mr. Lewis was driving south and steered into the northbound lane when he saw Ms. Wantz, said Sgt. Winebrenner. Mrs. Wantz continued to cross the road, walking into the northbound lane, he said. Mrs. Wantz died of blunt trauma and was pronounced deceased at the scene, said Sgt. Winebrenner. Mr. Lewis was taken to the sher- iff's office for questioning, said Sgt. Winebrenner. There were no signs of driver impairment and alcohol was not a factor in the incident, deputies said in a press release issued later in the day. "The Frederick County Sheriffs Office Traffic Unit is continuing the investigation. Mr. Lewis could not be reached for comment. Several members of Mrs. Wantz's family, including her chil- dren, arrived at the scene after the accident. of FmiMCk Posr ;iro pnntod (iay on rncyclfxl popor Tho nowr, nKo rooycl-thlfi Center helps area disabled qain independence, freedom i 1 By KATIE DUNN News-Post Staff Twenty years ago Patrick McMurtray was a college senior, star athlete. Eagle Scout, and aspiring landscape architect. As the result of a car accident, Mr. McMur- tray suffered severe brain damage. "They didn't think 1 was going to make said Mr. McMurtray. After he survived, he went through a "living hell." "I have trouble processing information and deciding how T am going to react, to he said. "The real world doesn't accommodate that." Mr. McMiirt.ray had to relearn how to walk, bathe and even dress himself. "I've been trying to rebuild for 20 said Mr. McMurtray. A few months ago he visited The Freedom Center, which has been open since December 2001. The center helps people with disabilities to live independently and serves Frederick and Carroll counties. Freedom Center employee Maritza Pedraza helped Mr. McMurtray develop a routine. "The Freedom Center has really helped me to categorize and schedule." said Mr. McMurtray. "It's helped me get past stum- bling blocks and move ahead Mr. McMurtray was notified recently that his government housing voucher had been approved. Ms. Pedraza talked to Mr. McMur- tray's prospective landlord and helped smooth over the moving process. "They were very instrumental in making sure that everything that needed to be done got said Mr. McMurtray. That is what the center is all about, said director Jamie George. "We empower people with disabilities to live self-directed said Ms George. "We want people to he able to maintain indepen- dence in their own home." The federally funded organization con- ducts independent living skills training. The center deals with people of all ages with all kinds of disabilities, said Ms. George. Center employees provide counseling and more than half of the employees are required to have disabilities. "We are people with said Ms. George, who has a hearing disorder. "We have been there and done that. We can show peo- ple, 'This is how we did it.' We can show them the ropes of how we did it." "We are all kind of in the same said Freedom Center employee Paul Hartman, who had a traumatic brain injury. Ms. Pedraza, who has a blood disorder, said this is the best job she has ever had. Ms. Pedraza occasionally visits people with dis- abilities while on the job. Last week Ms. Pedraza brought supplies to local resident Connie Harshberger, who is a diabetic and has a foot problem. "Maritza helped us to get medicine and (Continued on Page A-14) {NEWSPAPER! EWSPAPER ;