WESTMINSTER — Crime Solvers, a volunteer group that assists area police, is askingresidents to help solve the Crime of the Week.
This week, the group is targeting the vandalism of a front-end loader that was parked in Sherwood Estates on Mineral Hill Road in Sykesville.
Police reported that four windows of a Caterpillar 943 were broken out sometime after dark on Dec. 2.
The damage is estimated at $500.
Crime Solvers urges county residents to report any suspicious people hanging around parked cars, construction sites or abandoned buildings.
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.
DEER BREAKS DOOR
WESTMINSTER -- State police were called to the National Guard Armory on Hahn Road around 1 p.m. Sunday after it was reported that the glass front door was broken out.
When a trooper arrived at the scene, a man drove up and told him that he had seen a deer around the doorway several minutes earlier, police reports said.
The trooper and Sfc. Bradley A. Hunt searched the building and foyer and discovered evidence that an animal had been inside the building.
The animal was no where to be found, police said.
2 ARRESTED FOR DRUGS
FREDERICK -- Two Carroll men were arrested over the weekend by Frederick City Police and charged with possessing crack cocaine.
Robert B. Ash Sr., 32, of Sykesville was arrested around 8 p.m. Saturday after police said he tried to buy crack cocaine from an unidentified person, reports said.
In a separate incident, James D. Groomes, 32, of Taneytown was arrested after reportedly purchasing the cocaine at West Sixth Street and Klineharts Alley, police reports said.
Both men were released after posting $500 bond, Frederick County Detention Center officials said.
SAFETY CONTEST AWARDS
WESTMINSTER -- Forty-two Carroll students were honored last week at the fourth annual safety belt contest awards night sponsored by city police.
The awards night program at Westminster Elementary School included a speech by Barbara W. Beckett, executive director of the Maryland Committee for SafetyBelt Use Inc.
Dr. John Middleton, a Westminster resident whose life was saved by a safety belt, also addressed the 250-member audience on the importance of wearing a safety belt for all car trips.
A poster designed by Carrie Stevens of Westminster Elementary Schoolwas chosen as "All-County Winner." Stevens was awarded a trophy during the program.
Fourteen first-place winners received plaques, 14 second-place winners received medallions and 13 third-place winners won ribbons.
Police Public Information Officer Rick May said 568 posters were entered into the contest this year by the county's fifth grade students.
The winning posters will be on display at the Carroll County Public Library in Westminster until the end of February.
Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the EmergencyOperations Center:
12:23 a.m., Mount Airy and Winfieldresponded to a chimney fire on West Falls Road.
2:13 a.m., Westminster, New Windsor and Pleasant Valley responded to an automatic alarm on Old New Windsor Pike.
8:54 a.m., Westminster, Reese, PleasantValley and Manchester responded to smoke in a building at Westminster Shopping Center.
10:37 a.m., Hampstead responded to wires on fire on Shiloh Road.
1:16 p.m., Hampstead responded to a woods fire on Gablehammer Road.
1:28 p.m., Lineboro responded to a chimney fire on Oakland Road in Baltimore County.
3:11 p.m., Pleasant Valley responded to an unknown emergency on Murkle Road.
4:44 p.m., Manchester, Lineboro and Hampstead responded to a house fire on Bert Fowler Road.
2:42 a.m., Lisbon, Winfield and Mount Airy responded to a fire alarm on Woodbine Road.
1:46 p.m., Mount Airy andLisbon responded to a chimney fire on East Ridgefield Boulevard.
3:00 p.m., Westminster responded to an auto fire on Route 140.
9:26 a.m., Mount Airy assisted Montgomery County in a house fire on Holsey Road.
9:48 a.m., Lisbon transferred an engine to Mount Airy.
11:38 a.m., Pleasant Valley responded to an auto fire on East Mayberry Road.
2:20 p.m., Hampstead, Manchester and Arcadia responded to a chimney fire on Fairmount Road.
Please report crimetips to these hot lines: 857-TIPS (drugs) and (800) 562-TIPS (Crime Solvers). All calls are confidential and you do not have to give yourname.
Here is a compilation of some of the crime reported to local and state police:
2500 block of Old Kays Mill Road:Theft of circular saw and electric welder from residence between Jan. 21 and 27. Estimated loss: $335.