Westminster -- Seat belt use among city drivers was up 9 percent for December 1990over December 1989, city police reported this week.
The statistics are the result of city police observations at four area intersections last month.
Police said that of the 4,250 vehicles observed, 71 percent of drivers were wearing seat belts.
The results show a 2 percent decrease in seat belt use by male drivers and 4 percent increase by female drivers over November's statistics.
The percentage of truck drivers wearing seat belts remained the same since November, police reported.
MAN CHARGED IN THEFT
FINKSBURG -- Statepolice have arrested an Essex, Baltimore County, man in connection with a breaking, entering and theft at Rudy's 2900 Restaurant Nov. 24.
Police said the man, Bryan Michael Copinger, 32, is being held atthe Baltimore County Detention Center after his arrest there on similar crimes.
The charges, which include malicious destruction of property, were filed after police matched fingerprints at the restaurant with Copinger's, police said.
Police said the suspect was temporarily employed by a contractor who worked as an electrician at the restaurant during its recent renovation.
WESTMINSTER -- A dog attack on two pet sheep at a Pleasant Valley home early Sunday is still being investigated by the Carroll Humane Society, officials said.
Nicky Ratliff, director of the Humane Society, said the agency gave the pet owner a humane dog trap to catch the animals if they return.
Louise and Joe Haebler said they were awakened by their Shetland sheep dog at 3 a.m. and saw two dark-colored dogs attacking their sheep, the report said.
One of thesheep died in the attack. The other suffered multiple bite wounds but is expected to recover.
Ratliff said dogs attacking livestock isa common problem in agricultural areas.
Anyone with information on the dogs involved in the attack or any other dogs who are found roaming unsupervised is asked to call the Humane Society at 848-4810.
FOUR LINKED TO PIPE BOMB
WOODBINE -- Four county men suspected of being involved with the detonation of a pipe bomb in a abandoned washing machine on New Year's Eve are expected to be arrested in the next few days, fire officials said.
Deputy ChiefFire Marshal Bob Thomas said Tuesday said the men -- who are in their 20s -- will be charged with manufacturing and using a pipe bomb.
The pipe bomb law is a relatively new law that went into effect in July. It carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
Thomas said evidence gathered at the site of the explosion -- the 2500 block of Grimville Road -- led to the identification of the men as suspects.
ACCIDENT CAUSES INJURIES
WESTMINSTER -- A three-car accident on Route 140 near Englar Road Monday evening sent three people to the hospital -- one with serious injuries.
State police said the accident occurred at 6:05 p.m. when the driver of the first car, Holly Anne Zeh, 17, of the first block of Shamrock Circle inWestminster, parked her 1981 Chevrolet on the eastbound side of the road after it was involved in a hit and run.
The driver of the second car, Jody Lyn Beckman, 20, of the 1900 block of Welsh Court in Finksburg, was concerned when she saw Zeh's car pulled over, reports show.
Beckman pulled her 1989 Yugo over to the side of the road behind Zeh's and got out of the car to talk to her.
The third car, a 1985 Chrysler Laser driven by Diane Ruth Serio of the 800 block of Uniontown Road in Westminster, skidded into Zeh's car and hit Beckman and Zeh. Zeh, who was getting out of her car at the time of the crash, was ejected from the car and landed under Serio's vehicle, state police said.
The drivers were taken to Carroll County General Hospitalby Westminster Volunteer Fire Co. ambulance, where Beckman and Seriowere treated and released.
Zeh was transferred to the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit at University Hospital in Baltimore. She was listed in serious condition late Tuesday.
MANCHESTER -- An early-morning, two-alarm blaze caused extensive damage Tuesday to a home in the 2500 block of Albert Rill Road, fire officials reported.
Five volunteer fire companies and about40 firefighters responded to the blaze. They were on the scene for more than three hours, said Manchester Assistant Fire Chief Bill BlackJr.
Black said the fire began in the chimney of a wood stove and spread to the walls of the 2 -story log home.
The owner of the home, Lynne Dalrymple, and her roommate and dogs were escaped the blaze unharmed.
"I'm a light sleeper and I woke up and smelled the smoke, so everybody was able to get out safely," said Dalrymple.
She said she could not estimate the cost of the fire damage.
Black said the fire damaged part of the attic, the kitchen, and two upstairs bedrooms.
Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:
3:39 a.m, Manchester, Westminster and Hampstead responded to a house fire on Albert Rill Road.
4:29 a.m. Hampstead, Arcadia and Lineboro responded to the second alarm.
4:50 a.m., Sykesville and West Friendshipresponded to an investigation on Jennifer Way in Sykesville.
7:20a.m., Sykesville responded to an auto fire on Third Avenue in Sykesville.
7:37 a.m., Westminster responded to an auto fire on Washington Road.
4:26 p.m. Sykesville and Howard County responded to a fire alarm on St. James Drive.
4:56 p.m. Lineboro, Hampstead and Manchester responded to a chimney fire on View Ridge Court.