Student accused of possessing knife

September 13, 1995

A 16-year-old Westminster High School student was arrested at the school about 11:30 a.m. yesterday after the outline of a knife was noticed in a pocket. School officials were notified and police were called and recovered two pocket knives from the youth, officials said.

The Finksburg youth was released to his parents after juvenile authorities were notified.

Carroll County school policy calls for the arrest of any student in possession of a weapon on school grounds, officials said.

Fire officials said that about the same time, someone in the school called the Emergency Operations Center to report a pile of clothes in the boys locker room was on fire. Engines from Westminster, Reese and Gamber were dispatched, but the call was canceled when it was determined to be a false alarm.

Officials said the call was made from a pay telephone at the school.

Police said there was no connection between the incidents.

Possible bomb causes evacuation at accident

A Hampstead man was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and Littlestown Pike was closed for more than five hours after a possible pipe bomb was discovered at an accident scene Monday night.

State police said a 1987 Geo Metro driven by Robert W. Smith, 29, of the 18600 block of Gunpowder Road ran off Route 97 and up an embankment before overturning at 7:45 p.m.

Officers said the area, including six houses nearby, was evacuated after they discovered the plastic pipe bomb until bomb technicians and a robot arrived at the site near Stone Road. The robot examined the 8-inch long, 1 1/2 -inch diameter plastic pipe with wires attached to a small box on top, and it was determined to be a hoax incendiary. Howard Kenneth Bull Jr., 29, of the 5300 block of Trenton Mill Road, Upperco, a passenger in the vehicle suffered minor injuries. He was treated at Carroll County General Hospital and released.

Mr. Smith was released from the hospital yesterday.

State police said a handgun also was recovered from the auto.

POLICE

* Westminster: A resident of South Church Street reported to city police someone scratched the side of her car while it was parked near her home Monday. She estimated the damage at $60.

FIRE

* Westminster: Westminster investigated the report of smoke in a building at Routes 27 and 482 at 7:38 p.m. Monday. Units were out 19 minutes.

Westminster investigated the report of smoke in a building on Stone Chapel Road at 12:29 p.m. Monday. Units were out 30 minutes.

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