WESTMINSTER — Police were still looking for a man who on Saturday afternoon robbedthe High's Dairy Store on East Main Street.
A man, described as a5-foot 10-inch Hispanic weighing 190 pounds with cropped dark hair and a mustache, entered the store and made a small purchase at about 4:30 p.m., state police said.
As the purchase was rung up on the cash register, the man, dressed in blue sweat pants and a blue or gray ski jacket, showed the clerka black bag and told the clerk to empty the cash register, police said.
After the clerk gave the man an undisclosed amount of money, the man left the store on foot, police said.
KEVIN KERN IS PAROLED
HAGERSTOWN -- Kevin Lee Kern, the 34-year-old Mount Airy man who was serving a 10-year prison sentence in the 1988 strangling of his wife, was paroled last month.
Kern, who served 2 1/2 years of the sentence, was released from the state prison here in January.
Kern was convicted in June 1989 of manslaughter in the Memorial Day weekend strangling of his wife nearly a year earlier. He was sentenced to 10 years, the maximum allowable in a manslaughter conviction.
He had been in jail since.
Kern originally was chargedwith first-degree murder, but a jury found him guilty of manslaughter after his attorney successfully argued that the killing was not premeditated.
CITY CRIME UP SLIGHTLY
WESTMINSTER -- Serious crime here jumped 5 percent in 1991, fueled in large part by double-digit increases in theft and stolen vehicle complaints.
In statistics released to the City Council Monday, 1,364 serious crimes -- robbery, assault, breaking and entering, theft, vehicle theftand rape -- were reported, up from 1990's 1,298 crimes.
Overall, 2,156 crimes were reported last year, a 1.7 percent increase over 1990's 2,120. Those crimes led to 1,917 arrests, a jump of nearly 4 percent over 1990's 1,845 arrests.
The biggest percentage decrease in crime came in the number of reported rapes, down 33 percent to four rapes from six in 1990. Breaking and enterings were down 27 percent, robberies were down 30 percent, and assaults were down 9 percent, statistics showed. Thefts were up 21 percent, and stolen vehicle complaints were up 24 percent.
Please report crime tips to these hot lines: 857-TIPS (drugs) and (800) 562-TIPS (Crime Solvers). All callsare confidential, and you do not have to give your name.
Here is a compilation of some of the crime reported to local and state police:
Saint Paul Avenue: Randolph Scott Martin, 34, was arrested by Westminster police on Feb. 7 and charged with one count of assault and one count of battery.
Beau Mondes Court: Judith Scott Groszkowski, 42, was charged by Westminster police with four counts of theft on Feb. 6.
Beverly Road: Victoria Lynn Schroen, 32, was served a criminal summons by Westminster police on Feb. 7 and charged with two counts each of passing bad checks and theft.
Gaither Road: Duanne Allen Brosenne, 23, was arrestedon Feb. 9 by Westminster police and charged with one count of driving while intoxicated.
Ross Drive: Kelley Lynn Joyave, 20, was arrested on Feb. 6 by Westminster police and charged with one count of driving while intoxicated.
East Main Street: Adam Michael Jenkins, 19, was served by city police with a criminal summons onFeb. 10 and was charged with one count each of forgery and theft over $300.
Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls tothe Emergency Operations Center:
5:31 p.m., Manchester,Hampstead and Lineboro responded to a chimney fire on Valley View Court.
9:37 p.m., Union Bridge responded to a brush fire on Bunker Hill Road.
10:20 p.m., Pleasant Valley and Westminster responded toa chimney fire on Hughes Shop Road.
5:48 a.m., Sykesville responded to a house fire on Shady Lane, Howard County.
10:29 a.m., Gamber, Sykesville and Winfield responded to smoke in a house onIrving Ruby Road.
7:44 p.m., Lineboro responded to a woods fire on Lillys Spring Road, York County.
8:03 p.m., Mount Airy respondedto a house fire Linganore Woods Lane, Frederick County.
10:00 p.m., Pleasant Valley and Westminster responded to a chimney fire on Littlestown Pike.
10:40 a.m. Mount Airy and Winfield responded to a chimney fire on Annapolis Rock Road, Howard County.
12:16 p.m., Taneytown, Harney and Emmitsburg responded to a chimney fire on Taneytown Pike.
1:40 p.m., Taneytown, Harney Emmitsburg responded to a chimney fire on Taneytown Pike.
5:51 p.m., Manchester, Hampstead and Lineboro responded to a chimney fire on Maple Grove Road.
6:11 p.m., Westminster responded to the odor of gas in a house on Bell Road.
6:32 p.m., Taneytown responded to a trash fireon Middle Street.
8:42 p.m., Hampstead and Manchester assisted Baltimore County on a chimney fire on Marshall Mill Road.
7:39 a.m., Hampstead assisted Baltimore County on a chimney fire on Mount Vine Road.
9:00 a.m., Sykesville and Liberty Road responded to a fire alarm on Ridge Road.