Sheriff gets new radar
WESTMINSTER -- The Carroll County Sheriff's Office will be able to catch more speeders, thanks to the donation of three portable radar units by the Taneytown Jaycees.
The Sheriff's Office will now have four radar units, according to Sheriff John Brown.
But the addition of four units doesn't mean that the Sheriff's Office is changing its law enforcement role, he said.
"I am not trying to enlarge the police role," he said. "We just will be able to respond to requests from citizens to check secondary roads."
In many instances, state police, who normally monitor speeds on the county road, refer citizens who want speed traps on secondary and tertiary roads to the Sheriff's Office, Brown said.
"They get busy and ask us to back them up. We are glad to give as much coverage as we can, but we are not changing our primary role," he said.
The Sheriff's Office is responsible for providing security in the courthouse, serving court summons and running the county detention center.
Brown said the Jaycees gave the department the radar units on their own initiative.
"They asked a couple of my men what they needed, and they bought us three dillies. It is really refreshing to see what a
civic-minded organization can do," said Brown.
Poster winners honored
WESTMINSTER -- On June 4, Westminster police will honor 49 Carroll County fifth-grade students for posters they submitted as part of the department's "Just say no to drugs" poster contest.
The ceremony will be at 7 p.m. at Robert Morton Elementary.
Speakers will include Joanne Hayes, substance abuse coordinator for Carroll County public schools; George Andrews, assistant prevention coordinator for Junction Inc.; and Tom Grim, a former drug user. Also speaking will be Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown, Westminster Councilman Kenneth Yowan and Westminster Police Maj. James Austin.
Please report crime tips to these hot lines: 857-TIPS (drugs) and (state police). 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:
Nicodemus Road: State police arrested John Paul Miner, 22, of Glyndon, Baltimore County, and charged him with two counts of theft under $300 and daytime housebreaking on May 25.
I-70 and Route 27: State police arrested Kenneth J. Taylor, 25, of Augusta Springs, Va., and charged him with driving while intoxicated, speeding, driving without a seat belt, driving on a suspended license, driving on a suspended out-of-state license
and consuming alcohol while driving on May 26.
Church Street: Maryland police arrested Christian Gartland, 21, and charged him with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia on May 28.
East Green Street: Westminster police said that Glenn S. Merkle reported that someone entered his house and stole $450 in cash on May 19.
Bond Street: Westminster police arrested Roy Lee Spivey, 47, and charged him with two counts of burglary, breaking and entering, and theft and one count of conspiracy on May 22.
East Green Street: Westminster police said that Vera L. Irwin reported that someone stole three hanging flower pots, worth $40, from her porch on May 23.
South Court Street: Westminster police arrested Larry A. Williams, 32, and charged him with driving while intoxicated on May 23.
Pennsylvania Avenue: Westminster police said Lauri Ann Smith reported that someone entered her house and removed some of her belongings, worth $280, on May 26.
Alymer Court: Westminster police said that James J. Hopkins reported that someone punched holes in the roof and windshield of his car, causing about $800 in damages, on May 26.
South Court Street: Westminster police arrested Anthony T. Hughes, 26, and charged him with one count of theft on May 26.
Charles Street: Westminster police arrested Anthony t. Hughes for stealing a car validation sticker on May 27.
Eckard Road: Westminster police said that Marvin Tracey reported that someone removed the license tags from a company vehicle while it was parked outside his house on May 27.
West Main Street: Westminster police arrested Donald W. Satterwhite, 56, for obstructing and hindering a public way and consuming alcohol and creating a public disturbance on May 27.
Carroll Street: Westminster police said that Grace Royer reported that someone scratched the side of her car, causing about $100 in damage, on May 28.
Pennsylvania Avenue: Westminster police arrested Joanna L. Smith, 29, and charged her with one count each of battery, resisting arrest, and failure to appear on May 28.
Cranberry Mall: Westminster police said that Doctor's Pet Center reported that someone stole a dog, worth $599, from the store on May 19.
East Main Street.: Westminster police said that Robert A. Christensen, of Fridinger Mill Road, reported that someone pried open the door of his car, causing $107 in damage, and stole some of his belongings on May 21.
Sycamore Street: Westminster police arrested Ernest L. Robertson, 18, and charged him with driving on a suspended license on May 22.
South Center Street: Westminster police said that Bill Kurad, of the Westminster Inn, reported that someone stole a decorative light, worth $60, from the building on May 22.
* Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:
12:38 p.m., Sykesville, Winfield, Gamber and West Friendship responded to a building fire on Sykesville Road.
12:51 p.m., Winfield responded to wires on fire on Liberty Road.
10:59 a.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a fire alarm sounding on Hahn Road.
7:40 p.m., Gamber responded to a trash can fire on Deer Park Road.