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 vandalism of a home under construction in the 5000 block of Jeffrey Drive in Mount Airy.
Police believe the vandalism at the secluded home occurred during the weekend of Oct. 6.
Damaged were several heating ducts, a fiberglass tub and shower stall, a bathroom exhaust fan, several windows and 20 rolls of joint tape, police said.
Police estimated the cost of the vandalism to be $500.
If you have any information about this crime, or believe you may know who is involved, 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.
BUCKLE UP FOR SANTA
WESTMINSTER -- City police announced Wednesday the "Buckle up for Santa" program is set to begin Nov. 19.
Cpl. Rick May said the program -- which runs through Dec. 22 -- will feature holiday tracing shapes that police will give to children found wearing a seat belt or buckled into child safety seats.
May said the officers will be giving out the shapes to children whenever they see them buckled up, even when they stop their parents for traffic violations.
The shapes for tracing are a Santa Claus face, a snowman, an angel, a Christmas tree and a holiday bell. They come in red and green.
WOMEN FACE CHARGES
WESTMINSTER -- City police arrested two young women Nov. 8 and charged one of them, a Philadelphia resident, with possessing 70 vials of suspected crack cocaine.
Police said Carlette D. Johnson, 19, of Philadelphia and Danielle A.
Outen, 20, of the first block of Sullivan Avenue in Westminster, were stopped by a Cranberry Mall security guard who searched their belongings because he suspected them of shoplifting from Caldor's.
A search of the women's belongings produced a plastic bag containing the vials, $583 in cash and a pager, police said.
Police said $169.98 in clothing also was found.
Both women were charged with five counts of theft. Johnson was charged with one count each of cocaine possession with intent to distribute, cocaine possession and possession with intent to deliver drug paraphernalia.
Johnson and Outen were released on bail.
HOLIDAY SHOPPERS BEWARE
WESTMINSTER -- Starting Nov. 23 and continuing through Dec. 24, city police will be issuing "Holiday Summonses" to shoppers around the city who leave packages in plain sight in their parked cars.
Shoppers who leave their cars unlocked also will find the cheery reminders on their windshields.
The summonses, which are printed in the holiday red and green, urge shoppers to "Reduce Criminal Opportunity."
FINKSBURG MAN CHARGED
WESTMINSTER -- A Finksburg man was arrested early Tuesday morning and charged with attempting to break into Myers Fine Jewelry and Gifts on Baltimore Boulevard.
State police in Westminster said they responded to an activated burglar alarm at the store -- located across the street from the police barracks --around 2:52 a.m.
Police said they found that a glass side door had been broken out.
They arrested Daniel Scott Neumyer of the 2700 block of Baltimore Blvd.
after he was found in his 1979 Nissan in the store's parking lot, police reports said.
Police said they believe a brick was used to break the glass but nothing was taken from the store.
Neumyer was charged with breaking and entering and destruction of property, police said.
He was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center late Friday on $25,000 bond.
DEER CAUSE CRASH
SYKESVILLE -- A pair of deer caused a two-car crash in Sykesville Wednesday night that injured two drivers, state police said.
Police said Michael E. Deal, 45, of the 100 block of Roosevelt Road in Sykesville was traveling in his 1989 Buick LeSabre northbound on Bartholow Road south of Cherry Tree Lane when he swerved across the center line to avoid hitting two deer.
Deal skidded sideways to miss the deer and went into the path of a southbound 1987 Chevrolet Caprice driven by Jerold Arthur Howsden, 53, of the 1600 block of Andylin Way in Sykesville.
The Chevrolet struck Deal's Buick in the the passenger side, police reports said.
Howsden was flown by helicopter to the Shock Trauma Center at University Hospital in Baltimore after the accident, police said.
He was discharged from the hospital Thursday, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Deal was taken by ambulance to Carroll County General Hospital where he was treated and released later Wednesday night.
SAFETY CONTEST WINNERS
WESTMINSTER -- On Tuesday, Nov. 27, the Westminster City Police Department will honor nine county winners of the third annual "Sammy Safety Coloring Contest."
The contest theme, "Sammy Buckles Up For Safety," was part of the police department's seat belt and air bag display at Westminster's September Fallfest celebration.
The awards presentation will be held at Westminster City Hall Council chambers at 7 p.m. Winners will be announced at that time.
CRASHES INJURE MEN