50 YEARS AGO

Record Observer - - Opinion -

A mi­nor crime wave ap­pears to have de­vel­oped in Queen Anne’s County start­ing with the safe-crack­ing job at the Del­marva Power & Light of­fice in Gra­sonville on Dec. 3.

Since that time, two schools and two homes have been forcibly en­tered and items taken; four boasts stolen, five out­board mo­tors taken and a school room bro­ken into.

The lat­est in a dar­ing day­light that oc­curred Mon­day at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ko­lata near Queen­stown and the home of Mrs. Charles Ewing in Stevensville. * * * Queen Anne’s County is head­ing to­ward an all-time bloody high in traf­fic ac­ci­dents with the month of De­cem­ber yet to be added, a sur­vey by the Record-Ob­server in the State Po­lice of­fice showed this week.

Re­ports filed from Jan­uary through Novem­ber show a to­tal of 447 ac­ci­dents on county high­ways, with 44 per­sons in­jured and 15 killed.

This com­pares with all 12 months of 1965 that had 454 to­tal ac­ci­dents, 343 per­sons in­jured and 10 killed — the record-break­ing year up un­til now.

Just for the past week in this county, six per­sons were taken to hospi­tals in three sep­a­rate per­sonal in­jur y ac­ci­dents. ** * In­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­tin­u­ing this week by state fire mar­shal of­fice rep­re­sen­ta­tives into the burn­ing of a large va­cant farm­house near Centreville on the morn­ing of Nov. 25.

Robert Dille­hunt, investigator, said two other fires at the Bram­ble As­phalt plant near Rolph’s Wharf the same week ap­par­ently were not ar­son. He said one of the fires was traced to a mal­func­tion in a gas heater.

Fire com­pa­nies from Centreville, Church Hill and Queen­stown were called to the farm of Dr. DeGraff Wood­man on the Brick School­house Road early Nov. 25 as the house, va­cant three years, burned to the ground. Dille­hunt said there was a “strong” pos­si­bil­ity of ar­son in this case. * * * Three work­men es­caped se­ri­ous in­jury Satur­day morn­ing when a scaf­fold­ing col­lapsed plung­ing them about 14 feet to the ground at the Wye In­sti­tute prop­erty on the Wye River.

Taken to Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal in Eas­ton by the Queen­stown Fire Com­pany am­bu­lance were Dan Gan­non, the con­trac­tor, who suf­fered a back in­jury; Billy Ham­mond, bro­ken arm in three places, and John Cappa, bruises.

Franklin Bur­ris, farm su­per­in­ten­dent, said that the ac­ci­dent oc­curred about 10:25 a.m. while the men were putting a new roof on the barn which is used as a dor­mi­tory for the boys’ sum­mer camp. He said the scaf­fold­ing ap­par­ently col­lapsed and the men were thrown to the ground. * * * Maryland First District Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Rogers C.B. Mor­ton has launched “Op­er­a­tion In­form” for the ben­e­fit of the elected lead­ers of the 12 “Bay Coun­try” coun­ties in his district to help them pre­pare for the com­pli­cated job of “wa­ter zon­ing” that faces Maryland un­der terms of the 1965 Wa­ter Qual­ity Act.

The pur­pose … is to out­line what is in­volved in Maryland’s clas­si­fi­ca­tion of its wa­ters, both tidal and non-tidal, so that the State and its coun­ties and com­mu­ni­ties can par­tic­i­pate in the Fed­eral Wa­ter Qual­ity Act and reap the ben­e­fits of fi­nan­cial in­cen­tives made pos­si­ble un­der the new and far-reach­ing plan de­signed to pro­tect the wa­ter of Amer­ica and aid in the con­struc­tion of pol­lu­tion abate­ment sys­tems.

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