Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg


January 14, 1993

Police arrest 2 suspects in gas station break-in

Two Westminster men who allegedly stole $225 after breaking into the Direct To You gas station last November were arrested and charged Tuesday.

Anthony Thomas Hughes, 27, of the 100 block of Charles Street, who was originally held in $20,000 bail, was later being held on no bail when officials discovered he was out on bond on previous charges.

Mr. Hughes had previously been charged with theft of $200 from a Westminster resident in July 1991.

Additional charges of stealing a Maryland validation sticker were placed against the man in May 1992.

In June of last year, according to court documents, Mr. Hughes broke into the house of Judy Conaway and threatened and assaulted the woman and a friend, Charles T. Hanley.

Assault, assault with intent to maim with a knife, assault with a deadly weapon and battery charges were placed against the defendant at that time.

Joseph Phillip Zemo, 24, also of the 100 block of Charles Street, the alleged companion of Hughes during the gas station burglary, was charged with the break-in and malicious destruction of property by breaking the front door of the station office.

In the gas station theft on East George Street, burglars forced open two vending machines and attempted to open a safe by drilling a hole in the top, but the drill bit broke.

Westminster officials plan city newsletter

Westminster residents may start receiving newsletters from their city government, a practice already adopted by other Carroll towns such as Taneytown and New Windsor.

A newsletter could counter editorial misrepresentations in local newspapers, Councilwoman Rebecca A. Orenstein suggested at Monday night's council meeting.

Councilman Kenneth A. Yowan added that it could be a vehicle to educate the public about such issues as trash collection and recycling.

The council should not allow a newsletter to be used for political purposes, Mr. Yowan cautioned.

A council committee is scheduled to study issues such as cost and whether a newsletter should be supported by advertisements.

No date has been set for a decision on whether to start the publication.

Westminster school challenges principal

Westminster Elementary School has come up with a unique way to encourage more leisure-time reading. The principal has taken on the "Roller Blade Challenge." If students read 250,000 minutes during the month of January, the principal, Robert Bonner, will spend the day on roller blades.

There will also be a Family Read-In from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. today in the gym and cafeteria. Families may bring cushions, blankets, and their favorite books to settle in for a cozy evening of reading.

The school is at 811 Uniontown Road, Westminster.

Information: 848-0818.

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