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Police make security plans for KKK rally

August 28, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

SHARPSBURG - Police are asking residents within the no-parking area for today's Ku Klux Klan rally to use off-the-street parking from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Lt. Randy Wilkinson was helping to post "no parking" signs Friday on some Sharpsburg streets in preparation for the Klan's parade up South Hall Street to Lonnie L. Crampton Memorial Park, where the rally will be held.

The World Knights of the Ku Klux Klan must complete its parade from the south edge of Main Street to the park between 1 and 2 p.m., Town Attorney Charles Wagaman said Friday.

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The rally must be over by 4:30 p.m., he said.

Wagaman said the no-parking area was set up for security purposes.

Wilkinson said the number of law enforcement personnel that will be securing the area was classified. He also would not say whether there would be plainclothes officers.

Law enforcement personnel expected to assist include the sheriff's department, Maryland State Police, Hagerstown Police Department, the U.S. Park Police and other federal law enforcement, although Wilkinson would not say from what federal agency or agencies.

While Sharpsburg is not in the Hagerstown Police Department's normal jurisdiction, Wilkinson said the department offered its resources for the event.

Wilkinson said there should be "sufficient personnel to maintain law and order."

When asked if he anticipated problems, Wilkinson said, "hope for best, but we plan for the worst."

Residents are being asked not to park on:

· Hall Street from High to Chapline streets.

· Antietam Street from Mechanic to Potomac streets.

· High Street from Mechanic Street to the alley between Hall and Potomac streets.

Parking also is being restricted on Main Street near Hall Street because the parade starts at that end of Hall Street, Wilkinson said.

People who live within the no-parking area may access the area at the intersection of Antietam and Mechanic streets, Wilkinson said.

If residents within the no-parking area are expecting company on Saturday, Wilkinson asked that they contact their visitors ahead of time to meet them at Antietam and Mechanic.

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