Sykesville escapee remains at large

June 11, 1996

A 21-year-old inmate remained at large yesterday after escaping late Sunday from a laundry facility at a minimum-security prison in Sykesville, authorities said.

State police said Scott A. Hill, who was serving nine years for felony theft and other charges, escaped by climbing over a fence on the west side of the laundry center between 8: 30 p.m. and 9 p.m. He used a wool blanket to cover razor wire, police said.

State police used dogs to search the area. Unfavorable weather prevented an aerial search, state police said.

Hill was reclassified last month as a minimum-security inmate and was transferred to the Sykesville facility, which is on the grounds of Springfield Hospital Center, said Capt. Jeffrey Wells, a spokesman for the laundry center.

The last security breach at the Sykesville facility occurred in March 1995, when a 40-year-old New Jersey man who was serving 22 years for armed robbery and burglary fled from a van while returning to the laundry center after receiving medical treatment.

Fire

Sykesville: Firefighters assisted Baltimore County at 6: 56 p.m. Saturday, responding for a house fire in the 4300 block of Holbrook Road. Units were out 36 minutes.

Sykesville: Firefighters from Liberty Road and Gamber assisted Sykesville at 3: 49 p.m. Sunday, responding for a house fire on Lakeside Drive. Units were out four minutes.

Sykesville: Firefighters from Winfield assisted Sykesville at 4: 54 p.m. Sunday, responding for a smoke alarm on Seron Court. Units were out 15 minutes.

Sykesville: Firefighters responded at 6: 18 p.m. Sunday for an auto fire on Raincliffe Road at Route 32. Units were out 15 minutes.

Sykesville: Firefighters from Baltimore County assisted Sykesville at 7: 58 p.m. Sunday, responding for a fire alarm in the 2800 block of Kaywood Place. Units were out 15 minutes.

Pub Date: 6/11/96

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