14-year-old accused of having BB pistol at Westminster East Middle is arrested

April 12, 1996

Westminster police arrested a 14-year-old boy accused of having a BB pistol in his backpack inside his locker at Westminster East Middle School on Wednesday.

The boy was charged with one count of carrying a weapon on school property and released to the custody of his sister.

Police and school officials said the boy did not threaten anyone. School policy is to notify police about any weapon.

"I had absolutely no indication there was anyone he was planning to do any harm to," said Virginia Ashmore, assistant principal. She said the boy said he had noticed the BB pistol in his backpack after he arrived at school and had hoped to get it out of school without being noticed.

A student saw the gun and reported it to a teacher, Ms. Ashmore said. When she and Principal Bronson Jones asked the boy about it, he acknowledged he had the gun and turned over his backpack, she said.

Hydrants to be flushed April 15 through 17

Westminster's Department of Public Works will flush fire hydrants from 8 p.m. to midnight Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

The West Main Street service area will be affected, includingMarbeth Hill, Westmoreland, Chase, Ridge, Sunset, Old New Windsor Road, Bond, Liberty and George streets.

The flushing will cause some discoloration to water. It is advisable not to do laundry the day after the flushing.

Residents should open all faucets first thing the next morning and run them until water is clear. Draw water before the hydrant flushing for the next morning.

Even though water might be discolored, it still will be fully treated and potable.

Pub Date: 4/12/96

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