WESTMINSTER — Officer for a day
WESTMINSTER -- A city child will see the workings of the law enforcement world when this year's National Police Week pledge winner begins her day on June 25.
Clarissa Davita Ocasto, 7, was selected from the eight entries in the contest, held during the week of May 10. She will be working with police personnel and have a front-line view of police duties.
Children were asked to sign a pledge that they would be safety conscious "by obeying my parents, helping others, and always remembering police officers are my friends."
City police selected a pledge coupon at random. Clarissa was also the first child to enter the contest during pledge week.
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 25, she will tour police headquarters, patrol in a police car, go to court and travel with the parking enforcement officer.
The towns of New Windsor and Union Bridge will have an increased patrol area, including some county-owned roads, and state troopers are looking for a three-year commitment from the state for the Resident Trooper program, state police representatives told county commissioners Thursday during their quarterly meeting.
The two towns, which split expenses for the state trooper they share, will need financial assistance from the county to support the trooper.
In turn, the trooper's responsibility and area of patrol will be increased by about 20 percent, said 1st Sgt. Steve Reynolds, a police spokesman.
The troopers are also asking the county to consider the proposed three-year contracts for troopers, who are currently under a one-year plan.
"On the year-to-year contract, no one knows what's going on for the future one way or another," said Lt. Ken Tregoning, commander of the Westminster barracks. "The troopers aren't really happy about that."
The commissioners said they would look into the contracts.
Police warn of scam
State police are urging citizens to be on the lookout for teen-agers trying to sell magazines at malls or door-to-door. A possible nationwide scam has hit the area using teen-agers, possibly runaways, who attempt to sell the magazine subscriptions. When turned down, they have threatened citizens with break-ins of their homes or damage to their vehicles. Anyone faced with a situation like this should call police immediately.
Please report crime tips to these hot lines: 857-TIPS (drugs) and 876-8956 (state police). All calls are confidential, and you do not have to give your name.
Here is a compilation of some of the crimes reported to local and state police:
West Old Liberty Road: Mark Allen Stapleton, 26, was charged June 12 with breaking and entering, theft, and a handgun violation.
Murray Road: Rodney Milstreed, 24, was arrested on June 14 and charged with several traffic violations. He was released on personal recognizance.
Francis Scott Key Highway: Someone broke into a Shell gasoline station on June 10, breaking a side window. Nothing was reported stolen.
Bachman Valley Road: Someone took car parts from a residence in the 2000 block June 4 or 5.
Ridgeside Drive: State police reported that someone broke into a Domino's pizza store on June 6 and took a safe and money.
Church Street: Someone broke into a storage shed behind a residence between May 22 and June 8 and stole a 2200 series Honda generator.
Nusbaum Road: Someone broke into a residence in the 4300 block between May 30 and June 3 and took tools and car parts.
North Main Street: Someone broke into the High's store and stole money on June 4.
Grand Valley Road: State police reported that someone broke into a house in the 4600 block through the front door on June 2 and took money, a television, a VCR, a fiberglass compound bow, a boat motor, a stereo and a fishing rod.
Old Westminster Road: Someone broke into an apartment in the 1700 block on June 8 and damaged the front door. Nothing was reported missing.
Sycamore Street: Ernest Lee Robertson Jr., 18, was arrested June 12 for failing to appear for a court date. He was held on $2,500 bail.
Glenbrook Court: Robert Lamont Bryant, 37, was arrested June 12 and charged with theft. He was released on personal recognizance.
Locust Lane: Paolo Romeo of Garden Road reported that someone stole his $500 bike on June 14.
140 Village Shopping Center: Michael Myers reported that someone scratched the paint on his parked vehicle on June 15, causing $75 worth of damage.
Center Street: Joan Marrow was arrested June 15 for failing to appear for a court date. She was released on personal recognizance.
Weaver Avenue: Westminster police arrested Joseph T. Tyler and charged him with theft on June 9. He was placed in $5,000 full bond.
Davis Road: David Allen Engle, 23, was charged June 12 with disorderly conduct and failure to obey a police officer. He was released on personal recognizance.
Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to th Emergency Operations Center: