Video Comes To Police

Police and fire scan

November 17, 1991

WESTMINSTER — City police have a new weapon to help convict suspects arrested for drunken-driving.

The police force received a special video camera Thursday donated by Doug Seitz of Seitz Insurance Agency on Court Street.

The camera will be mounted on a police cruiser and will record the driving patterns of suspected drunken-drivers, the administration of sobriety tests and the arrest of suspects.

The camera is the second in Carroll. Seitz donated the first to the Manchester Police Department.

Aetna Insurance Co. has donated 800 videocameras to policeforces across the country since July 1989. The company is looking tosponsors to donate more cameras to local police forces who would like to use them.

Westminster City Police Chief Sam R. Leppo said he welcomes the new equipment.

"It's one more way to get the intoxicated driver off the road," Leppo said.

Leppo said no cases have gone to trial in surrounding counties where video cameras are used. The chief said he was told all the taped arrests for drunken-driving in nearby counties have ended in plea agreements.

He said he thinks the camera will be on the road by Jan. 1, 1992, but added that he will try to have it on drunken-driving patrol in time for the holidays.

MAN CHARGED IN FIRES

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

An 18-year-old Littlestown Pike man was arrested Wednesday and charged with setting four Dumpster fires in the city Nov. 2.

City police charged William Edward Raczkowski with four counts of malicious destruction and four counts of arson of a trash container.

Police estimated the cost of the damage to the trash containers at $200.

Police said the Dumpster fires occurred at Westminster Elementary School, 140 Village Shopping Center and the Furnace Hills housing development.

Raczkowski was taken before a court commissioner Wednesday and was released on $1,000 bond.

State police arrested Raczkowski Nov. 2 and charged him with setting a Dumpster fire just before 11:30 p.m. behind the High's DairyStore at Sullivan Road and Route 140.

POLICE LOOK FOR SUSPECTS

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

State police still were searching late Friday fortwo suspects in an armed robbery at the Eldersburg Rite Aid early Nov. 11.

State Police Tfc. William Corun said the robbery occurred at 3:30 a.m. when the manager of the store in the 6300 block of Georgetown Boulevard was waiting behind the store for a delivery.

Corun said two masked men confronted the manager, displayed a handgun, and took the manager into the store's office and demanded that he open the safe.

One of the men went into the store and removed drugs from the shelves, Corun said.

He said an undetermined amount of drugs and cash were taken in the robbery.

Corun said the manager was thenplaced in a back room and was tied to a chair with duct tape.

Both suspects were described as black males. One was tall with a heavy build and wore a red jacket and dark pants.

The other suspect wore a black jacket and dark pants, Corun said.

The trooper said both suspects wore dark ski masks during the robbery.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call state police at 848-3111.

FIRE PROBE CONTINUES

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

Fire officials have yet to determine the cause of a one-alarm blaze at the Westminster Supply Co.on Nov. 5.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Bob Thomas said the fire at the Hahn Road company broke out around 8:45 p.m.

Thomas said building manager John Cockley discovered the fire after he heard the building's sprinkler system go on.

The fire caused an estimated $50,000damage to the building and its contents, he said.

About 50 firefighters from Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Reisterstown, Baltimore County responded to the fire and brought it under control in about 15 minutes, Thomas said.

Thomas said fire officials determined the fire began in the front of the building.

SENIORS GET CRIME LESSON

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

The Westminster Senior Center will present a series of programs by state police Tfc. James Emerick of the Crime Prevention Unit.

The programs will focus on crimes and scams that involve senior citizens. The series will take place on the third Thursday of every month 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the center at 7 Schoolhouse Ave.

Information: 848-4049.

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

Mount Airy

6000 block of Ridge Road: Damage to tires of car parked at residenceNov. 1. Estimated loss: $250.

4800 block of Buffalo Road: Theft of tool box from vehicle parked at residence Nov. 2. Estimated loss: $250.

Westminster

Hillside Court: Theft of gas tank from vehicleparked at residence Nov. 12. Estimated loss: $300.

Liberty Street: Damage to driver side window of car parked at residence Nov. 10. Estimated loss: $200.

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

Nov. 12

6:30 p.m., Westminster responded to an auto fire on Kate Wagner Road.

7:57 p.m.,Mount Airy responded to a woods fire on Hillside Court.

9:40 p.m., Reese and Hampstead responded to a chimney fire on Neudecker Road.

10:30 p.m., West responded to an elevator rescue on Washington Road.

Nov. 13

1:26 a.m., Hampstead, Arcadia, Manchester, Glyndon and Reisterstown responded to a fire alarm on Crystal Court.

4:37 a.m., New Windsor and Westminster responded to a fire alarm on Old NewWindsor Pike.

11:38 a.m., Mount Airy assisted Frederick County ona chimney fire on Greenvalley Road.

3:39 p.m., Mount Airy assisted Frederick County on a house fire on Concord Court.

Nov. 14

9:43 a.m., New Windsor responded to a fire alarm on Old New Windsor Pike.

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