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September 13, 1992

Westminster barracks gets 5 new troopers

The state police barracks in Westminster has been assigned five new troopers, barracks commander Lt. Roy Neigh said at the unit's quarterly meeting with the county commissioners Thursday.

One of the new officers, 1st Sgt. Thomas Long, will work closely with Lieutenant Neigh, who came to the post eight weeks ago.

Detective Sgt. Donald Hoffman, an attorney who will head the criminal investigation division, replaces Detective Sgt. Peter Edge, who was transferred to headquarters in Pikesville.

Tfc. Thomas Walsh, who arrived last week, is assigned to road duty but could become a resident trooper.

Trooper Michael Duears, a veteran of the gulf war, also will be assigned to road duty.

Cpl. Kevin Utz, who is returning to the Westminster barracks, is scheduled to arrive Wednesday. He also serves with the Westminster volunteer fire company.

1st Sgt. Stephen Reynolds said that because Carroll is the fastest-growing county in the metropolitan area, additional personnel would be needed to maintain a four- to six-minute response time for major crimes. The average response time for ** minor incidents is 12 minutes, he said.

Youth, 15, charged with sexual abuse

WESTMINSTER -- A 15-year-old youth has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing his 7-year-old cousin at least four times in the past year.

Police arrested the young man Wednesday and charged him with 11 counts of sex offenses against the cousin. He was released in the custody of his mother.

Drug task force gets forfeited money

The Carroll County Drug Task force was awarded more than $2,000 Wednesday during a forfeiture hearing in Circuit Court, said Sgt. John Burton, task force supervisor.

Judge Raymond Beck ruled in favor of giving the task force the $2,259 its members seized from a Manchester man convicted last June of drug possession.

Last summer, police arrested Barry Gordon Rill, 31, after searching his apartment in the 3000 block of Main Street and finding drugs and paraphernalia.

Aside from the money, the officers found a half-ounce of %J marijuana, measuring scales and a "tally sheet" used to list the name of Mr. Rill's drug customers, Sergeant Burton said.

Mr. Rill was convicted and sentenced to six months in the county detention center for possession of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute. He has since been released.

After Mr. Rill's conviction in January, the task force filed a request to receive the money. It will be put into a fund for equipment maintenance and the purchase of supplies that will keep the officers up-to-date with changes in technology, Sergeant Burton said.

Police recover three bicycles

WESTMINSTER -- City police have recovered three abandoned or stolen bicycles in the 600 block of Johahn Road.

They request that anyone who may have lost a bike but did not report it contact police headquarters. A detailed description of the bicycle must be furnished to authorities.

WESTMINSTER

* Cranberry Mall: Two girls, one age 14 and the other 15 years old, were arrested and charged with five counts of theft-shoplifting and one count of conspiracy after their detention at the shopping center Wednesday evening. Both were later released to their parents. Names were not released because of their ages.

* Logan Drive: A Carroll Meadows resident reported that while her car was parked at her house, someone entered the vehicle and took items valued at $92. Theresa Shepard told police the theft occurred on Aug. 27.

* East Main Street: William C. Wilhelm called police Sept. 2 to report that articles worth $50 were removed from his car while it was parked at his house.

* Winters Street: Damage amounting to $25 was caused to a car belonging to Patricia Aronhalt, of Wilda Drive, who discovered that someone had attempted to remove the radio on Wednesday.

* 140 Village Shopping Center: Peggy Roach, of Main Street in Manchester, told authorities the rear license plate of her car was stolen Wednesday.

* Snydersburg Road: Police arrested Linda Lou Robertson, 42, on Tuesday and charged her with three counts of bad checks. She was released on personal recognizance by the court commissioner.

* Blackfoot Court: Authorities arrested Daniel Joseph John Hamm, 19, on Wednesday and charged him theft, conspiracy, tampering with a motor vehicle and disorderly conduct.

FIRE

Here are fire calls recently received by the Emergency Operations Center:

Sept. 8

* 7:43 p.m.: Winfield responded to an auto fire on Lee Avenue.

The company was out for 17 minutes.

Sept. 9

* 12:36 a.m.: Westminster and Reese were called out for an alarm on Pennsylvania Avenue. They were out for 17 minutes.

* 11:59 a.m.: Hampstead responded for a call of wires on fire on Greenmount Church Road. Members were out for 19 minutes.

* 6:38 p.m.: Westminster was summoned for a propane tank on fire on Ridge Road, but was recalled a minute later when the alarm was canceled.

* 9:52 p.m.: Mount Airy responded to a brush fire on Twin Arch Road. Members were out for 14 minutes.

* 10:03 p.m.: Winfield and Lisbon, from Howard County, fought a brush fire on Morgan Station Road for a half-hour.

Sept. 10

* 6:49 p.m.: Sykesville spent more than an hour and a half on a call for wires down on state Route 26 at Emerald Lane.

* 7:00 p.m.: Manchester and Hampstead responded to an alarm sounding on York Street. They were out for 16 minutes.

* 8:46 p.m.: Mount Airy responded to a call for a house fire on Frederick Road.

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