PIKESVILLE — Two Westminster residents -- Thomas J. Bonin and Van K. Stitcher -- were among the 66 members of the 102nd Trooper Candidate Class that graduated Friday from the Maryland State Police Training Academy.
The class of 60 men and six women was sworn in during graduation exercises in Baltimore County.
SUSPECT MAKES BAIL
A Taneytown man accused of the shooting death of a Emmitsburg Frederick County, resident last month was released on $64,000 bond Wednesday, police said.
Charles Gordon Wastler, 42, was charged in connection with the killing of Michael Eugene Brooks on May 25. Brooks was killed with a .22-caliber rifle during an argument.
After being denied bail in District Court, Wastler was held in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center.
Wastler's attorney took the request forbail to Frederick Circuit Court, where it was granted.
A preliminary hearing in the case is Thursday in D Court.
WOMAN GETS PROBATION
A 22-year-old woman convicted in April on a misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine was sentenced Wednesday to three years' probation.
Connie Jean Blackwell was arrested after arranging a cocaine purchase for an undercover narcotics officer, court records show.
CRASH VICTIM DIES
A Sykesville woman seriously hurt in a two-car accident June 4 on Route 26 died Tuesday from injuries suffered in the crash.
Leatrice Rae Will, 69, of the4800 block of Bushy Road, died at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, University Hospital, Baltimore.
RAPE CHARGES DROPPED
Charges of rape and sexual assault against a North Carroll man were dropped Thursday when a state prosecutor said the alleged victim was too emotionally distraught to undergo a trial.
Second-degree rape and sexual offense charges against 28-year-old Steven C. Goodhart were dropped in Carroll Circuit Court.
The woman told police the alleged rape took place Jan. 9 in her apartment, where Goodhart said he spent the nightafter meeting the woman in a Westminster bar.
Goodhart disputed the charge of rape and maintained he would not have spent the night atthe woman's apartment if an attack had occurred.
RESTAURANT WORKER RAPED
A Westminster resident was raped at gunpoint Monday morning at the Owings Mills, Baltimore County, restaurant where she works, police said.
Baltimore County police said a man forcibly entered Fiori's at about 8 a.m. while the victim entered through a back door.
The man stole an undetermined amount of money from the safe at the restaurant, located at Painters Mill and Dolfield roads.
He then raped the woman in a closet and fled, police said.
GAS STATION IS ROBBED
A man wielding a shotgun robbed a gas stationearly Thursday, police said.
About 12:25 a.m., a man entered the Sandymount Amoco at 2119 Baltimore Blvd. and ordered the attendant atgunpoint to lie down.
The man, described to police by the attendant as a black male, tried to open the station's cash register, but hewas unable to do so. He then ordered the attendant to open the register, removed an undetermined amount of cash and fled.
THEFT SUSPECT ARRESTED
A Baltimore County woman was arrested Thursday and faces charges of forgery and theft of more than $76,000 from a Sykesville life insurance agency, state police said.
Lisa Gale Onesty, 25, of Reisterstown, was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on$10,000 bond, police said.
Police said the theft from State Farm Insurance Co. began in July 1988 and continued through the present.
*Here is a compilation of some of the crime reported to local and state police:
Pommel Drive: The theft of bowling balls, bag and shoes, and a radar detector sometime between June 16 and June 17 from a vehicle parked in a driveway. Estimated loss: $795.
*Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:
8:35 a.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a fire alarm sounding on Malcolm Drive.
8:41 a.m., Sykesville responded to a fire alarm sounding on St. James Court.
4:45 p.m., Westminster responded to a brush fire on Washington Road.
6:07 p.m., Mount Airy, New Market of Frederick County and Lisbon of Howard County responded to a report of smoke in a house on Cloverdale Court.
6:30 p.m., Westminster responded to a car fire on Route 140.
1:19 p.m., Manchester, Lineboro, Pleasant Valley, Pleasant Hill, Pennville and Parkville responded to a hay wagonfire off Graham Valley Road.
3:26 p.m., Mount Airy assisted Howard County firefighters with a vehicle fire on Interstate 70.