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   Frederick News-Post (Newspaper) - October 30, 1993, Frederick, Maryland                                Weather Rain, becoming breezy. Highs around 50. Complete forecast and national map on Page A2. 1993, The Great Southern Printing and Manufacturing Company Good morning! It is better to be deceived by one's friends than to deceive them. Goethe Vol. 83-No. 274 Frederick, Maryland 21705 Saturday, October 6 Sections Press Run Today Post News Totut Trans-Tech expands operation Trans-Tech, an Adamstown manufacturer of electronics ceramics, officially opened its new filter manufacturing operation on Grove Road in Frederick with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday. Trans-Tech's employment is expected to exceed 350 when full production is reached. The company now employs more than 250 local residents. Trans-Tech president Joe Alberici said the decision to expand into filter manufacturing was a logical one, because Trans-Tech already manu- factures high-quality ceramic materials and the new operation "extends current business." Partial funding for the expansion was provided with a Com- munity Development Block Grant, arranged by the Maryland Depart- ment of Economic and Employment Development (DEED) and the Frederick County Commissioners. Trans-Tech will invest million more over the next five years as filter production climbs to pieces per month. Sixty-one of the new positions funded by the grant will be made available to low- and moderate- income workers, who need training and jobs. "This is an example of DEED and the county commissioners teaming up to retain a successful manufac- turing operation in DEED Secretary Mark L. Wasserman said. "The block grant will enable Trans-Tech to not only maintain its operation in Fred- erick County, but also expand its work force." Ceramic filters are circuit com- ponents used to control frequencies and are essential in many electronic circuits. Cellular telephones, for example, use from two to four ceramic filters in each phone. They are also found in other types of wire- less communications, global posi- tioning systems, airborne collision avoidance devices, high-definition television, paging systems and cable (Continued on Page A-4) Witching horn Lisa Mercer of Frederick adjusts the hat of the homemade Halloween costume for her 3-year-old daughter Brittnev Friday evening at the Halloween Festival at Waverly Elementary School in Frederick. Kids grouped by ability, not calendar Pagan owned gun, witnesses say By GEORGE DORSEY News-Post Staff William Robert Fagan owned a large-caliber handgun and made a threatening statement about his estranged wife, prosecution witnesses testified Friday during Mr. Fagan's murder trial. Mr. Fagan's friend, Paul Otto Martstaller of Mount Airy, testified that Mr. Fagan once said: "One bullet will take care of it." "But I never saw him angry at Mr. Martstaller told jurors, and after her murder, "Mr. Fagan was like a walking zombie. He looked like he was going to shower tears." Mr. Fagan, 37, is accused in the shooting death of his wife, Deborah Patricia Fagan, who police said was shot twice in the head Jan. 6, 1992, while her car was parked on Ashcroft Terrace, an undeveloped subdivision in Monrovia. Mr. Fagan maintains his innocence, and police have not been able to locate the murder weapon or any eyewitnesses. Mr. Martstaller attributed the bullet statement to Christmas-season stresses Mr. Fagan was under, and to Mr. Fagan's disgust with his wife. The couple had separated about three months before Christmas and Mrs. Fagan had custody of their two preschool-age children. Mrs. Fagan's family had reportedly told the girls Santa wasn't going to visit them at Mr. Fagan's home, testimony revealed. Three witnesses told jurors that prior to Mrs. Fagan's murder, Mr. Fagan owned several handguns, including a .357 Magnum manufactured by Smith Wesson. Earlier this week, ballistics expert Joseph Kopera told (Continued on Pa sic A-4) By GLENN McMAHAN News-Post Staff SABILLASVILLE -The county's smallest school is making waves in Maryland by organizing primary grade students according to reading and math ability instead of age. The idea is not new, said Sabillasville Elementary Principal Wanda Severance a century ago, students of all ages went to one-room schools where they studied together. At Sabillasville Elementary, there are in effect three one-room schools where 73 students ages 5 to 7 study math and language arts together. Three teachers Nicki Lingg, Susan Valenti and Karen Adams developed the program. "My three primary' teachers decided we couldn't keep doing the same things because we were not getting Mrs. Severance said. "They just felt we were moving kids along when some kids needed special attention." Shari Ostrow Scher, curriculum specialist for early childhood education, said traditional classes organize students based on time birthdays and the school calendar. (Continued on Pare A-4) New fuel hits pump Gas prices to rise again By TERESA FRANKLIN News-Post Staff Motorists soon will be traveling down a familiar road digging deeper into their wallets to pay for gasoline. A month after a gas tax increase, prices at the pump are expected to increase at many area service stations because of a Clean Air Act requirement that only gas with an increased oxygen content is to be sold in the Washington, D.C., area, which includes Frederick County. The requirement, in its second year, is in effect from Nov. 1 through February, according to Michael Sullivan, a Maryland Department of the Environment spokesman' In Maryland, he said, the requirement is not in effect farther west of Frederick County. The requirement does not apply to diesel. Prices at local service stations have already begun to increase, as shipments of the required gasoline have begun to arrive, station managers and owners said. The increased cost of the required gasoline will be passed along to the consumers at East Street Amoco, 1297 East St., Frederick, owner Frank Reluzco said. But, he added, the price increases will be added to each grade of his gasoline in two stages. He said he will pass on a total of 3 cents per gallon, including a 2-cent increase effective on Thursday. On Friday the prices for self-serve unleaded gasoline were per gallon for the lowest grade, per gallon for medium grade, and per gallon for premium grade, according to one of his employees. The prices will be increased one more cent per gallon (Continued on A-4j PE defends its request for rate hike By DAN BURNS News-Post Staff BALTIMORE Potomac Edison on Friday went before the Public Service Commission to defend its request for a rate hike that would push the average electric bill up per month. The company is seeking an increase in the fuel rate portion of customer's electric bill. The rate now is 1.23 cents per kilowatt hour and PE wants that raised to 1.313 cents per kwh. The fuel rate, the smaller portion of the bill, covers the company's cost of coal to fire its generators. The average increase, for a customer using kwh per month, will be 83 cents, PE spokeswoman Cyndi Shoop said. That increase has already been added to the bills of the PE customers in Western Maryland, Ms. Shoop said. If the commission denies the increase, the company will refund customers the amount they have overpaid. PE is also seeking a temporary surcharge to recover million in fuel charges that have been undercollected through Sept. 7, the date the petition was filed with the commission, Ms. Shoop said. The average cost to customers for the surcharge will be If approved by the PSC, the surcharge will go into effect in January and last 15 months. Staff photo by Sam Yu Firefighters work to put out a fire at 30 S. Court St. Friday afternoon. S, Court St. fire ruled suspicious From Staff Reports A dog trained to detect flammables was called to assist in the investiga- tion of a house fire in Frederick Friday night. The blaze that damaged two second-floor rooms at 30 S. Court St. has been ruled suspicious by fire officials. Officer Robert Kane was leaving police headquarters about p.m. when he spotted the smoke. "Smoke was just pouring out of the he said. "I kicked in the front door and went inside to see if anyone was there." Officer Kane said the smoke was getting thicker as he started up the stairs. "It was he said of thethick smoke. Driven back downstairs, Officer Kane said he also checked the basement, but didn't find anyone. United Chief Warren Stevens said no one was home when the fire started. Deputy Fire Marshal Jim Woods who is handling the investigation called for an arson dog to assist. Index Business........................B5-6 Classifieds..................D3-F4 Comics.............................B7 Editorials, letters.............A6 Obituaries........................A5 Real Estate.................C1-D3 Religion...........................F5 Sports............................Bl-4 Portlona of The Frodertck Hows- Post are printed each day on 100% recycled paper. The newspaper also Is recyclable. Court ruling opens way for military-gays policy State Farm Bureau leader speaks By SUSAN G. SUMMERS News-Post Agriculture Editor WALKERSVILLE With less than two percent of the population producing the U.S. food supply, it is necessary that farmers be politically active. That was the message from Maryland Farm Bureau President Bill Knill during Friday night's Frederick County Farm Bureau banquet. "It is more important now than ever to be involved in your trade (Continued on Pane A-9) Don't forget to set your clocks back From Staff Reports People will be turning clocks back one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday or before they go to bed on Saturday as Day- light Savings Time ends. In addition to changing the time, a national home fire safety campaign sponsored by the International Association of Fire Chiefs urges everyone to change smoke detector batteries at the same time. "Working smoke detectors cut the risk of dying in home fires by nearly 50 percent by providing an early warning and critical extra seconds to State Fire Marshal Rocco J. Gabriele said. Although smoke detectors are in most Maryland homes, it is esti- mated that nearly one-third do not work because of worn out or missing batteries, Mr. Gabriele said. Resi- dents must check the smoke detector itself by pushing the test button, he said. In 1967, Congress adopted the Uni- form Time Act which instituted day- light saving time. WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court opened the way Friday for the Pentagon to imple- ment its "don't ask, don't tell" policy allowing expulsion of declared homosexuals but preventing ques- tioning of recruits about sex. The justices granted the Clinton administration's emergency request to temporarily limit enforcement of a federal judge's order banning military discrimination against homosexuals lationwide. For now, the judge's order will apply only to the sailor who chal- lenged the Pentagon's policy and the government's appeal of the order will go forward. "I'm very pleased that the Supreme Court has stayed the ruling and limited its affect to a single Defense Secretary Les Aspin said in a statement released at the Pentagon. "We hope tc have in place soon the new U.S. policy on homosexuality in the military which focuses on conduct rather than status." Government lawyers argued that U.S. District Judge Terry Hatter Jr. of Los Angeles lacked the authority to issue a nationwide ban. In response to Judge Hatter's order on Sept 30, the Pentagon instructed units to stop barring homosexuals. But Friday's action means the (Continued on Paac A-4) Montgomery superintendent's son charged in two gang rapes By SONIA BOIN Montgomery County Bureau ROCKVILLE The 16-year-old son of the Montgomery County School Superintendent Paul L. Vance has been charged with first-degree rape in two incidents police characterized as gang rapes. One of five Germantown teen- agers charged in the case, Paul Vance Jr. was released on bail. Each of the teen-agers has been charged as an adult, police said. According to court papers, one of two alleged 14-year-old victims said the Vance youth and two of the others belong to a gang called which seeks to have sex with as many girls as possible. The gang allegedly engages in a practice called "run- ning trains" where all the boys have sex with the same girl. The victim's statement was cited during a bail hearing before Mont- gomery County District Court Judge Edwin Collier. The judge imposed a 7 p.m-to-7 a.m. curfew as a condition to the Vance youth's release. The boy's parents, Dr. Vance and (Continued on Pago A-9) {NEWSPAPER! iEWSPAPE'RI   

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