Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg


December 22, 1992

Lone gunman steals cash from Jo-Ann Fabric Store

A lone gunman robbed the Jo-Ann Fabric Store in Westminster Shopping Center of an undisclosed amount of cash last night, state police said.

The man, dressed in a black hooded sweat shirt and black gloves, entered the store at about 8:45 p.m., displayed a silver pistol and forced employees to give him money from the store's three cash registers, police said.

The suspect fled on foot into the parking lot of the shopping center, at Route 140 and Englar Road.

Sgt. C. J. Stiles described the suspect as about 5-feet, 8-inches, in his late 30s, with dark hair and a medium build.

While investigators interviewed eight employees and customers who were in the store at the time of the incident, state police, Westminster police and county sheriff's deputies patrolled the area searching for the suspect.

A K-9 unit was called in shortly after 9 p.m.

It was unclear at press time whether police had identified a suspect.

West Middle students get some recognition

The Guidance Department at West Middle School has implemented a CARE program for the school to recognize students who exemplify the good qualities of cooperation, attitude, respect and effort throughout the year.

Each quarter, teachers and staff identify students who show the qualities for that quarter.

The first quarter CARE recognition program was held Dec. 8, with students gift certificates, CARE cards, "West is Best" pins and pencils.

Students names also will be affixed to a large CARE Wall of Fame sign in the front lobby.

First quarter students who were honored are:

* Team 1: Amanda Fogle, Drew Heartley, Jay Nixon, Lauren Phillips, Jordon Weaver.

* Team 2: Brian Archambault, Sean Diehl, Tom Fritz, Kim Schlipper, Katie Taylor.

* Team 3: Angie Baer, Stacey Dorr, Joseph Lambert, Rachel Oakes.

* Team 4: Sarah Barnhart, Theresa Groves, Kim Riley, Alan Tawney.

* Team 5: Meghan Clisham, Kristen Hively, Michel Sears, Drew Tolson.

* Team 6: Lindy Kurzmiller, Kristine Murray, Steve Smith, Jennifer Stull, Kevin Turner.

* Team 7: Katie Dulaney, Tom Park, Nick Selby, Amy Walz.

* Team 8: Adam D'Anthony, Brian Pittinger, Lisa Pukalski, Kim Shields.

* Team 9: Holly Adams, Honesty Drumgoole, Chris Green, Dustin Ogan, Kersti Pringle.

* Team 10: Kelly Sullivan.

* Media Center: Erika DeAngelo.

* Instrumental Music: Mike Petrochko.

* Vocal Music: Jason Fitzgerald.

* Home Economics: Michelle Mathews.

* Art: Paul Tyng.

* Technical Education: Dustin Holland.

* Girls Physical Education: Jessica Walter.

* Boys Physical Education: William Woolford.

Leiberman accepted to journalism school

Jonathan Scott Leiberman, son of Shelley and Neil Starsfield of Westminster, has been accepted into the Early Decision Program at the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Ill.

He is currently president of the Class of 1993 at Westminster High School and a member of the National Honor Society. He is planning on a career in communications and political science and hopes to attend law school.

Navy apprentice deploys on cruiser

Navy Fireman Apprentice Brian J. Carns recently deployed aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Leahy, based in San Diego, Calif., on a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean.

He will participate in a variety of training exercises to increase combat readiness and visit foreign ports.

He is the son of Robert J. and Deborah J. Carns of Westminster. The 1991 graduate of Westminster High School joined the Navy in July 1991.


* Westminster: The decorations from a Wakefield Valley house were stolen on Friday. Robert S. Andrews of Sawgrass Court told police that 11 strings of lights were taken. He estimated the loss at $88.

Dana Keefer of Keeward Lane reported that someone damaged her car while it was parked at Cranberry Mall on Saturday. The cost of repair is estimated at $150.

Plumbing materials valued at $250 were stolen from the J & TC Plumbing and Heating company of South Church Street on Saturday, company official George Hughes told police.


* Rebecca's Ridge: Reese and Westminster units responded to a chimney fire at a house on Arnold Road. The firefighters were out for 35 minutes on the 10:48 p.m. Sunday blaze.

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