- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 29, 2006



Sex offenders told to skip Halloween

The state’s Division of Parole and Probation has sent a letter to parolees and probationers on the state’s sex offender registry telling them to keep their lights off and their doors closed on Halloween night.

The letter states such actions will show neighbors that the offenders are trying to change the direction of their lives. It also states offenders can protect themselves from misunderstandings that could lead to legal charges.

Several jurisdictions, including Baltimore County, will be sending plainclothes officers to look for sex offenders who have contact with children other than their own.


Republicans support Democratic candidate

Some Republicans in Carroll County are supporting a Democrat running for county commissioner.

Dennis Beard, a retired firefighter from Sykesville, hopes to be the first Democrat on the three-member board in more than a dozen years.

Republican voters outnumber Democrats in the county nearly 2-to-1.

Mr. Beard’s support across party lines could mean defeat for Michael Zimmer, an Eldersburg lawyer who defeated incumbent Commissioner Perry Jones Jr. in the Republican primary.


Rain, leaks force evacuation

Several hundred people were evacuated early yesterday morning from an apartment building in Wheaton after leaks in the roof made the building unsafe.

A Montgomery County fire department spokesman said about 300 people were evacuated from the Ambassador Apartments on West University Boulevard. A temporary shelter was set up at the nearby John F. Kennedy High School.



Friends, family remember student

A memorial service was held yesterday for the Vermont college student who disappeared early this month and was later found sexually assaulted, choked and beaten to death.

Michelle Gardner-Quinn, 21, was from Arlington, where her parents still live. They had gone to the University of Vermont for parents’ weekend when Miss Gardner-Quinn went missing.

Brian Rooney, 36, pleaded not guilty in the case last week in Vermont. Police said Mr. Rooney killed Miss Gardner-Quinn while sexually assaulting her. Her body was found Oct. 13.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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