Police log 11/28

November 29, 2002

MCI inmate stabbed on recreation tier

An inmate was stabbed Tuesday afternoon at the Maryland Correctional Institution south of Hagerstown during an altercation with another inmate on a recreation tier at the prison, Maryland Division of Correction spokesman Ron Leverette said.

MCI Warden Lloyd "Pete" Waters said Wednesday that the inmate was assaulted at around 1:15 p.m. The weapon believed to have been used in the attack was recovered.

"We locked down the institution immediately," Waters said. He said normal activities would resume today.

The victim first was taken to the prison infirmary and then to Washington County Hospital for treatment. His condition Wednesday afternoon was listed as fair, hospital officials said.

Waters said the DOC internal investigation unit was handling the case. No one from that unit was available Wednesday to identify either the inmate who was stabbed or any suspect in the assault.


Tractor-trailer accident slows traffic on I-70

FREDERICK, Md. - A tractor-trailer ran off Interstate 70 near Myersville, Md., at 1 a.m. today, Maryland State Police Cpl. Andrew Cibula said.

The driver got out of the empty truck to wave down help, he said.

Traffic was slowed to 20 mph on the interstate between 5:30 and 7 a.m. while the truck was towed to Frederick, Cibula said.

Liquor sales bill goes to governor

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - A bill to permit limited Sunday liquor and wine sales in Pennsylvania stores was sent to the governor by squeaking through the state House of Representatives on Wednesday after last-minute efforts to derail it failed.

Opponents argued that the two-year experiment at selected state-owned stores - the first time Sunday sales would be allowed in nearly 70 years - could increase social problems stemming from alcohol consumption.

Proponents say the measure would boost state revenue by capturing sales from people who currently buy wine and liquor on Sundays in bordering states.

By margins as tiny as two votes, the House defeated two last-minute attempts by Rep. James E. Casorio Jr., D-Westmoreland, to remove the Sunday-sales clause. The bill with the Sunday-sales provision passed 124-75.

A spokesman for Gov. Mark S. Schweiker said the lengthy bill, which also makes other revisions in the state liquor code, is under review by his office, though the governor supports the idea of Sunday sales.

If Schweiker signs the bill into law, as many as 63 stores - 10 percent of the total - could open on Sundays for the next two years under the pilot program. The Liquor Control Board would decide which stores will open and when.

After two years, the board would have the authority to open more stores on Sunday, or close the stores on Sunday. Liquor Control Board spokeswoman Donna Pinkham said officials there have not discussed the prospect.

In fiscal 2002, the 638 state liquor stores generated $1.2 billion in gross sales for the state, which is the largest purchaser of alcoholic beverages in the country. After paying bills like store rents, employees and utilities, the state made $85.8 million in profit, Pinkham said.

Rep. Roy Reinard, R-Bucks, who sponsored the House amendment, argued that Sunday sales will increase state revenue while benefiting Pennsylvanians who want to buy a bottle of wine to drink with Sunday dinner.

"We're talking about adults who want to take a product home," Reinard told the House on Wednesday.

The bill would also allow wine tastings and sales of corkscrews and bottle sleeves at state liquor stores in what proponents say is an ongoing effort to modernize the stores.

The House vote was hailed by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States in Washington.

"Truly a victory for Pennsylvania consumers," Peter Cressy, the group's president, said in a statement.

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