Police Question Suspect

Police and fire scan

October 20, 1991

TAYLORSVILLE — State police are questioning a Winchester, Va., man in connection with a robbery at the High's convenience store Wednesday morning.

Police said employees at the store told them a man entered around 3 a.m. and said he had a handgun under his shirt.

He demanded all of the money from the store's cash registers, andthen fled the store to a waiting car.

Police said the suspect later was seen leaving a gas station and driving west on Route 26.

A short time later a deputy in the Frederick County Sheriff's Department was involved in a high-speed chase with the suspect near the Carroll county line.

The chase continued into Frederick, where the suspect crashed his car and fled on foot. He was apprehended by a Frederick City police officer, police said.

Charles Franklin Adams III, 24, is being held in Frederick on armed robbery charges in connection with a bank robbery there, police said.



WESTMINSTER -- A county District Court judge has ruled there is enough evidence for a 29-year-old East Main Street man to stand trial for arson.

District Judge Joann Ellinghaus-Jones made the ruling after a preliminary hearing Wednesday to determine if there was enough evidence against James Henry Cassidy to bring him to trial in Circuit Court.

Cassidy is charged with eight counts of arson, four counts of breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony and five counts of malicious destruction in connection with a Sept. 6 arson at the Winchester Exchange.

Cassidy is accused of setting several small fires at the Main Street building that slightly damaged the Unique Jewelry store and the building manager's office.

Damage from the arson and breaking and entering was estimated at $15,300.

Cassidy is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on $65,000 bond.

No trial date has been set in the case.



FINKSBURG -- A 48-year-old Baltimore manwas killed Thursday afternoon in a two-car accident on Route 140 near Route 91, state police said.

Police said Kenneth Edward Johnstonof South Smallwood Street was killed when his southbound 1986 Chevrolet Chevette struck the concrete divider on Route 140 and went over it into the northbound lanes.

The Chevette collided head-on into a Toyota pickup truck driven by Arthur Stewart Webster, 46, of the 4400block of Carroll Park Court in Sykesville.

Both cars spun 180 degrees after colliding, police said.

Police said Johnston was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by medical examiner Dr. David Welliver.

Webster was wearing his seat belt and was taken to Carroll County General Hospitalwhere he was treated and released, police said.


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 theft of diamond ring from a home in the 700 block of Old Manchester Road in Westminster.

Police said the half-carat Marquis cut ring was taken from the home some time between 9 a.m.Aug. 26 and 7 p.m. Aug. 29.

The house was not forcibly entered, police said. They believe the ring was taken from a first-floor bedroom near the front door.

Police did not release the ring's value.

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.

Here is a compilation of some of the crime reported to local and state police


Weymouth Street: Damage to windshield of vehicle parked at residence Oct. 11. Estimated loss: $300.

South Court Street: Generator stolen from parked vehicle Oct. 14. Estimated loss: $2,000.


Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:

Oct. 15

5:54 a.m., Westminster and Reese responded to an electrical fire on North Cranberry Road.

8:44 a.m., Manchester responded to a fire alarm on Park Avenue in Manchester.

9:26 a.m., Westminster and Reese responded to an alarm on Englar Road.

12:51 p.m., Lineboro responded to a fire alarm in York County, Pa.

5:47 p.m., Winfield responded to a combine fire on Woodbine Road.

7:05 p.m., Sykesville, Gamber and Liberty Road in Baltimore County responded to smoke in a house on West Hemlock Drive.

7:40 p.m., Pleasant Valley, Taneytown, Westminster and Littlestown, Pa. responded to a house fire on Pleasant Valley Road.

Oct. 17

2:53 p.m.,Union Bridge, New Windsor, Frederick County and Westminster responded to a church fire on Priestland Road.

5:56 p.m., Harney respondedto a chimney fire on Bollinger School Road in Frederick County.

8:43 p.m., Sykesville, Baltimore County and Gamber responded to a chimney fire on Oakhill Drive.

Oct. 18

8:15 a.m., Mount Airy responded to a chimney fire in Montgomery County.

11:21 a.m., Hampstead,Reese and Baltimore County responded to a chimney fire on Winterberry Lane.

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