WESTMINSTER — The city was one of eight Maryland communities recently honored by AAA Maryland for its accomplishments in the prevention of pedestrian fatalities and injuries.
Awards were presented as part of the American Automobile Association's 52nd annual Pedestrian Protection Program. More than 2,500 cities and states participated in the AAA survey that evaluates and recognizes outstanding pedestrian safety achievements during the previous calendar year.
The city received the Pedestrian Safety Award for completing 10 years without a fatality.
Communities are judged with others of comparable size and characteristics. Program areas evaluated include maintenance of accident records, safety legislation, enforcement, traffic engineering, quality of school traffic safety campaigns and active public information and education programs.
Pedestrian fatalities have dropped from 15,500 in 1937 -- when AAA started its program -- to7,200 in 1989, the last year records are available.
MAN ARRESTED IN THEFTS
WESTMINSTER -- A 21-year-old man was charged with four counts of theft in a series of break-ins at a Nicodemus Road home.
State police on Wednesday arrested Matthew Wayne Parsons, of the 200 block of Nicodemus Road.
At Parsons' home, police said, was $10,000 worth of property from an unidentified home on the same road.
Parsons, who was originally held on $10,000 bail at the Carroll County Detention Center, was released from there Thursday on his own recognizance after a bail review.
STOLEN GUNS RECOVERED
MOUNT AIRY -- Two juveniles were arrested and charged with the breaking and entering of the Gunshack on 101 S. Main St.
On Aug. 14, more than 12 handguns worth almost $5,000 were taken from the shop.
On Monday, state police said, the owners of the Gunshack were awakened by loud noises in the rear of their store. A Mount Airy resident trooper was called, and, police said, he found a 14-year-old Frederick boy and a 16-year-oldMount Airy boy standing near a Ford Econoline van.
Police said the boys were holding a sledge hammer and bolt cutters; the resident trooper arrested them and searched the van. In the van, the trooper found two of the stolen handguns. Both were loaded. Eight additional guns were later recovered from a trash bin in town, police said. Anothergun was recovered from a Woodsboro teen, police said.
The boys were released to their parents. No further charges were filed by Fridayevening.
WESTMINSTER -- Two city men were charged with 12 counts of malicious destruction of property last week.
Police said that Steven L. Hudson, 19, of Bond Street, and Ralph E.Mayne, 20, of Pennsylvania Avenue, were each charged last Sunday after a state trooper looking for a car described like the car they weredriving spotted them.
The car, driven by Mayne, matched a description from a witness who saw a passenger in a brown car swinging a baseball bat and knocking down mailboxes on Chanter Drive.
Respondingto complaints, police stopped Mayne's car at about 11:30 p.m. last Sunday. A baseball bat was found in the car.
Both men were releasedfrom the Carroll County Detention Center on their own recognizance. No damage estimate on the destroyed mailboxes was available.
SOLVE CRIME OF WEEK
Crime Solvers, a volunteer group that assists area police, is asking residents to help solve the Crime of the Week.
Thisweek the group is targeting the person who took tools from a truck parked at a construction site at the corner of Route 140 and Bethel Road. A hammer drill, set of taping knives, paint brushes, screw guns, levels, chisels, hammers, screwdrivers and razor knives were among the items stolen from the 1988 Nissan pickup between 1 and 2:15 p.m. Aug. 2.
If you have any information about this crime, please call Crime Solvers at (800)-562-TIPS. You do not need to give your name, andif your information leads to an arrest, you could earn a $1,000 reward.
Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to theEmergency Operations Center:
1:55 p.m., Winfield, New Windsor, Mount Airy and Union Bridge assisted Frederick County on a building fire on Buffalo Road.
10:58 a.m., Westminster responded for a wash detail on Route 482.
4:10 p.m., Sykesville andWest Friendship responded to a smoke detector sounding on Revere Court.
4:14 p.m., Harney assisted Frederick County on a field fire onHarney Road.
4:36 a.m., Manchester transferred an engine to Pleasant Hill, Pa., Fire Station.
4:57 p.m., Taneytown transferred an engine to Littlestown, Pa., Fire Station.
1:18 p.m., Union Bridge, New Windsor, and New Midway and Woodsboro from Frederick County responded for a building fire on South Main Street.
5:38 p.m., Mount Airy responded to a wash detail on East Ridge Drive.
6:53p.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a garage fire on John Street.