Police and fire scan

Police and fire scan

October 03, 1990


WESTMINSTER - Three male juveniles were arrested Sunday night and charged with malicious destruction of property after city police said they shot pellets at the EnterTRAINment Line train.

The shots caused about $200 in damage to two windows on the train,, police said.

Police reports said the shooting occurred about 5 p.m. near the Goodwin Quarry Road as the train was pulling into the city.

No one was injured on the train, which was giving special passenger rides from Westminster to New Windsor as part of the Fallfest celebration.

It is legal to own a pellet gun, but illegal to fire it within the city, police said.

The boys were released into the custody of their parents pending a hearing by juvenile services.



As part of the 1990 Fallfest celebration, the city police are sponsoring the third annual "Sammy Safety Coloring Contest" to promote seat-belt safety.

Children ages 4 to 11 can participate in the contest by picking up entry forms at the Carroll County Public Library, 50 E. Main St., or the Westminster City Police Department, 11 Longwell Ave.

The deadline for entries is Oct. 30.



Carroll County officials are proposing a new tax on illegal substances.

Under the proposed tax ordinance, anyone selling controlled dangerous substances would have to pay a tax on 50 percent of the estimated street value of the drug.

The tax would have to be paid within 10 days of an illegal drug transaction. The ordinance creating the tax also would require the drug sellers to identify the drug, its origin and the previous owners.

Anyone failing to pay the tax or report a drug transaction would be guilty of a misdemeanor and could face up to a $500 fine or a six-month prison term, the proposed ordinance states.

The money collected in the tax would go to the prevention and treatment of drug abuse and drug enforcement programs.

County officials will hold a meeting Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. in the County Office Building to hear comments on the ordinance.

The County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the ordinance Oct.

16 at 3 p.m. in Room 300A of the County Office Building.


Crime Solvers, a volunteer group that assists area police, is asking residents to help solve the Crime of the Week.

This week, the group is targeting the disappearance of a fugitive who is wanted by Baltimore City police for a parole violation and by the state police in Westminster for failing to appear for trial.

Steven Carl Lafferman, whose last known address was in the 3100 block of Main Street in Manchester, is described by police as a white male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, with blue eyes and brown hair.

He weighs 140 pounds and he is 27 years old.

State police in Westminster did not have any information on the charges against Lafferman.

If you have any information about Lafferman or believe you know where he may be living or working, please call Crime Solvers at (800) 562-TIPS.

You do not need to give your name, and if your information leads to an arrest, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward.



State fire officials are still investigating a homemade pipe bomb that was found Sept. 23 in the mailbox of an private home in the 1700 block of Pine Knob Drive.

State fire officials removed and disarmed the bomb shortly after it was discovered by a neighbor just before 9 a.m.

The bomb was about 6 inches long and about a half-inch wide, fire officials said.

They declined to release the name of the owner of the home.

Robert Thomas, a spokesman for the state fire marshal's office, said the bomb contained enough explosives to cause serious injury or death if it had detonated near a person.

No motive or suspects have been identified in the case, Thomas said.

He said the device will be examined to see if it matches bombs used in other incidents across the state.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the fire marshal at (800) 492-7529.



A 25-year-old Weaver Road man was killed Thursday night when he was ejected from his motorcycle after it hit a guardrail on Middletown Road in Parkton, Baltimore County.

Police said Christopher Lee Beatty was driving a 1990 Harley- Davidson motorcycle westbound on Middletown Road near Foxchase Road at about 8:30 p.m. when he crossed the center line and struck the guardrail.

The motorcycle traveled along the guardrail for more than 100 feet before Beatty was ejected, police said.

The motorcycle continued traveling before it crashed into a utility pole, police said.

Beatty was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was taken to the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy to determine if drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash. The results of the autopsy were not available late Tuesday.



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