MANCHESTER — Police Chief Donald Myers hired the town's first female police officer and a 23-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department to fill two vacancies on the three-member force.
Misty Capri Runkles, 34, will begin work Feb. 24, and Joseph Edward Lettau, 45, begins March 2.
Myers has been the town's sole police officer since Jan. 29, whentwo of his officers left to become patrol deputies with the Carroll County Sheriff's Department.
"I can't wait to get these people on board," Myers said.
Runkles, an officer in Westminster for a year and meter maid with the department before that, lives in Reisterstown. Lettau, who has been a patrol officer in Baltimore's Northwest District for 23 years, lives in Hampstead.
The two were chosen Friday from an initial field of about a dozen, Myers said. They were interviewed with four others Tuesday night by the Town Council.
Both willbe paid about $20,000 a year, officials said.
ARSON SENTENCE EXPECTED
An 18-year-old Reisterstown man who, alongwith three juveniles, went on a fire-setting spree in South Carroll last June will be sentenced today in Circuit Court.
In a plea agreement made with the State's Attorney's Office in December, Jason Citroni is expected to be sentenced to five years of supervised probationand to be ordered to pay more than $7,000 in restitution for the blazes, which destroyed a warehouse and two homes that were under construction.
Citroni and the three juveniles were charged in connectionwith the three fires, which caused more than $85,000 in damage, court records show. The fires destroyed a Carroll County Terminals Inc. warehouse in Finksburg, as well as the two partially built homes on Deer Park Road.
The buildings' owners were compensated by insurance for all but the $7,000, court records show.
Citroni and the three juveniles originally faced multiple arson and destruction charges that could have led to more than 25 years in prison. Under the plea agreement, most charges against Citroni were dropped.
Fire investigators were led to Citroni and the juveniles after witnesses reported a van -- later found to be registered to Citroni's parents -- in the area of the three blazes.
CAR BOMB INVESTIGATED
Police and fire investigators were trying to determine who made or placed a homemade bomb that exploded Sunday inside a car parked along West Green Street.
The explosion, which caused less than $300 in damage to the Toyota Corolla, occurred at about 10:45 p.m., said StateFire Marshal officials.
The car's owner, Mary Pierson of 55 W. Green St., was said to be unaware of the bomb until it exploded, officials said.
The explosive was said to be a homemade pipe-bomb, but fire officials were not certain of its construction.
MAN FACES TRIAL
A 23-year-old Hampstead-Mexico Road man charged with stealing $19 from the pockets of an acquaintance could face up to 10 years in jail if he is convicted.
David Ronald Moore III'sinitial appearance in Circuit Court is scheduled for today. Moore was charged in the robbery and battery of a city man last October.
City police arrested Moore after the victim was able to identify him by name and in a police photograph comparison, court records show.
According to police, Moore was with the victim on October 23, when the victim was pulled behind a Main Street building. Court records say that the man was accosted by Moore and another man.
"The money wasin the victim's pants pocket and his pocket was ripped off by Moore," police charging documents say.
If convicted of the robbery and battery, Moore could be sentenced to 10 years in prison. His trial is scheduled for April 16.
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Here is a compilation of some of the crime reported to local and state police:
Windsor Mill Road: Paul Raymond Ciccone, 30, was servedFeb. 14 with a criminal summons by Westminster police charging him with one count of bad checks.
Belcrest Road: Stephen Michael January, 40, was arrested Feb. 14 by Westminster police and charged with one count of failure to appear.
Appaloosa Way: Westminster police arrested Alfred Gabriel D'Alberto III, 18, and Irwin Bair Jr., 19, Feb. 14, and each was charged with one count of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Appaloosa Way: Jeffrey Scott Proescher, 24, was served Feb. 15 with a criminal summons by Westminster police charging him with one count of theft.
Delcrest Drive: Herbert Nash Hewlett III, 22, was arrested Feb. 15 by Westminster police and charged with driving while intoxicated.
Hanover Pike: A break-in at Genovas Inc. was reported to state police Feb. 14. A lock to a walk-in freezer was broken, and food and beer were stolen. Estimated loss: $264.