DRUG SALE TAX TABLED
The County Commissioners on Tuesday tabled action on a new ordinance that would levy a 50 percent sales tax on illegal drugs.
If approved, the tax would have to be paid by the illegal drug dealer within 10 days of an illegal drug transaction. When paying the tax, the dealer also would be required to identify the drug, its source and its previous owner.
County Attorney Chuck W. Thompson said the main benefit of the tax will be to recoup some of the profit made by drug dealers and use the money for treatment and prevention programs.
Thompson said the new ordinance also would give law enforcement another tool to convict drug dealers.
"If you remember, they didn't get Al Capone for the other crimes he was accused of," said Thompson. "They got him for tax evasion."
The County Commissioners will listen to any public comment on the ordinance for the next 10 days.
SOLVE CRIME OF WEEK
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 wanted by Maryland State Police on several bad check warrants.
Gerald Ray Bowers, whose address and workplace are unknown, is described by police as a white male, 6 feet 2 inches tall, with brown hair.
He weighs 245 pounds and is 27 years old.
Bowers' last known address was Leisters Road in Hampstead.
If you have any information about Bowers or believe you may information about where he might 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.
LAW PROGRAM TO BEGIN
WESTMINSTER -- The state police are planning another meeting Wednesday for county youths interested in the Law Enforcement Exploring Program.
Twenty-seven Carroll youths between ages 15 and 20 turned out for the first open house on the program held Oct. 10 at the state police barracks, said 1st Sgt. Steven Reynolds.
Reynolds said most of the applicants are interested in a career in law enforcement.
He said the potential candidates will be interviewed at the meeting Wednesday. Youths interested in the program who were not able to attend the first meeting are welcome, Reynolds said.
Through the interview and application process, the state police plan to narrow the field of candidates to about 15.
"If the people are really good and interested, we will make exceptions," Reynolds said.
The Westminster Explorer Post will be actively involved with the members of the Westminster State Police barracks in community- based programs, including distribution of anti-drug literature and helping with security at fire department carnivals.
The program is open to those between 15 and 21.
The Westminster barracks is located at 1100 Baltimore Blvd. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.
TASK FORCE RAIDS HOME
SYKESVILLE -- The Carroll County Drug Coordinating Committee acted on a search and seizure warrant at a Green Valley Way residence Oct.13, police said.
Police said they found about three ounces of marijuana and a small amount of PCP. Also found were two pipe bombs and other explosives, which were removed with assistance of the fire marshal.
Police said Janice K. Flaherty was charged with one count each of possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia and intent to distribute.
Please report crime tips to these hot lines: 857-TIPS (drugs) and (800) 562-TIPS (Crime Solvers). All calls are confidential and you do not have to give your name.
Here is a compilation of some of the crime reported to local and state police:
Ewing Drive: Fence stolen stolen from backyard of residence Oct. 13.
Estimated loss: $4,300.
300 block of Baltimore Blvd.: Compact disc player and cassette player stolen from new car parked on lot at Koontz Toyota between Oct. 1 and 15.
Estimated loss: $746.
East Main St.: Theft of wheel covers from vehicle parked at residence Wednesday. Estimated loss: $400.
1200 block of Hoods Mills Road: Theft of sporting equipment from car parked at residence Oct. 14 or 15. Estimated loss: $2,300.
Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:
6:03 a.m., Westminster, Pleasant Valley and New Windsor responded to an alarm on Stone Chapel Road.
1:52 p.m., Gamber, Winfield, Sykesville responded to a house fire on Bartholow Road.
2:18 p.m., Taneytown alerted to a tree on a house on Bruceville Road.
3:12 p.m., Winfield responded to an emergency lockout on Buffalo Road.
4:34 p.m., Reese, Westminster, Hampstead and Lineboro responded to an apartment fire on Shirley Manor Drive, Reisterstown, Baltimore County.
7:34 p.m., Westminster and Pleasant Valley alerted for a house fire on Johahn Drive.
8:00 p.m., Pleasant Valley transferred one engine to Westminster.
8:26 p.m., Sykesville alerted to an electric fire on Ridge Road.
10:11 p.m., New Windsor alerted for wires down and a tree in the roadway on Dennings Road.
1:52 p.m., Westminster and Pleasant Valley responded to a dryer fire on Ruby Court.