WESTMINSTER — State police arrested a man Thursday and charged him with having sexwith dogs.
Police say they arrested James A. Nickoles, 26, of the200 block E. Green St., after they were shown photographs of him engaged in "unnatural and perverted" sex acts.
Police started an investigation last November, after Polaroid pictures and a videotape were dropped off at the Carroll County Humane Society showing a man engaged in acts with several dogs, according to papers filed in Carroll District Court.
On Wednesday, the Ritz Camera store in Westminster notified state police that its staff had developed pictures of a man having sex with dogs.
Police said they found Nickoles' name on the envelope of the developed pictures and arrested him.
He was taken to a district court commissioner and released on his own recognizance.
CROSS BURNED IN TOWN
MANCHESTER -- The state Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a cross burning that occurred on the property of a black Carroll Countycouple, a fire official said.
Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal BobThomas said the cross, which measured about 4 feet by 3 feet, was discovered by neighbors about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Thomas said that there are no suspects and that there have been no racial problems in the area. Police said there had been a small Ku Klux Klan rally on a farm in Manchester on Saturday and said they were investigating whetherthe cross burning was related to the rally.
The last cross burning in Carroll County was five years ago, Thomas said.
GUN BROUGHT TO SCHOOL
WESTMINSTER -- An eighth- grader in Westminster's East Middle School in Carroll County thought he was in trouble last week when he fired his father's pistol and jammed it.
He got himself and a friend in more trouble when he brought the pistolto school Tuesday. The boys were arrested last week by Westminster police after another student told a teacher he had seen the gun.
"It was one of those dumb things a youngster does," said school principal Donald Reck. The last time a student brought a gun to East Middle School was 17 years ago, he said.
Reck said the trouble started last Thursday when one of boys fired his father's .357-caliber Magnum pistol without permission. The youth loaded the wrong ammunition into the gun and, after he fired it, the cartridge became lodged in the pistol's chamber.
The youth told Reck he wanted to unjam the gun without his father's knowing that he used it. One of his friends at school volunteered to fix it.
A third student saw them put the gun into the book bag of the boy who was going to repair the pistol. Westminster police arrived at school shortly after 2 p.m. and found the gun after searching the boy's book bag.
FIRE IS RULED ARSON
HARNEY -- Fire officials suspect an arsonist set a Saturday night fire that destroyed a wooden barn and caused approximately $100,000 in damage to the building and its contents.
The blaze was reported at 9:19 p.m. at 5000 block of Bowers. It took about 75 firefighters 30 minutes to extinguish the fire. About 50 tons of hay and some farm equipment were destroyed by the fire.
Firefighters came from Harney, Taneytown, Barlow (Pa.), Littlestown (Pa.), and Kingsdale (Pa.). A reward is being offered by the Arson Control Association of Maryland for information leading to the arrest or indictment of the person or persons responsible for the fire. The state fire marshal is asking anyone with information on the fire to call 1-800-492-7529.
Please report crime tips to these hot lines: 857-TIPS (drugs) and (800) 562-TIPS (Crime Solvers). All calls are 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:
Frizzelburg Road: State police reported that someone broke into Castle Buildersand stole miscellaneous building supplies on March 27.
Seminole Lane: Maryland State Police reported that two bicycles were stolen from an unlocked garage on March 31.
Valley Vista Court: Westminster police arrested Richey Gibson Young, 42, and charged him with driving while intoxicated on April 7.
Schoolhouse Road: Maryland State Police reported that a 1983 Suzuki motorbike was stolen from an unlocked garage on March 29.
Hillside Court: Westminster police arrested Allen Wayne Owens, 21, and charged him with two counts each of carrying a deadly weapon, assault and battery, and one count of deferred payment, on April 7.
Sullivan Road: Maryland State Police reported they had arrested a juvenile who pumped gas from S&L Bare without permission on March 20.
Webster Street: Westminster police arrested Garth Thomas Brady, 21, and charged him with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia on April 7. Bail was set at $2,500.
Route 140: Westminster police arrested Daniel Hamm, 18, and Ernest L. Robertson, 18, and charged them with battery on a police officer April 8.