Section of road may become one way

October 09, 1997

A section of Westminster Avenue could become one way, at the request of residents, if the Westminster Common Council votes to approve the change at its meeting Monday.

Temporary signs have been posted marking the road one way from East George Street to East Green Street, said Thomas B. Beyard, the city's director of planning and public works. Residents' comments to City Hall are encouraged.

If the change is approved, Beyard said, it would become permanent Nov. 1.

In proposing the change, Councilwoman Suzanne P. Albert said she had a petition from about a dozen residents who were concerned about limited visibility on the street.

Lock cars, owners warned, after series of thefts

State police are warning residents to lock their vehicles at night after thefts Monday and Tuesday in New Windsor, Pleasant Valley and Westminster.

The thefts on three different streets were likely unrelated, but could have been prevented by locking the vehicles, said Sgt. Keith Papi, duty officer at the Westminster barracks.

"The days of leaving cars unlocked with valuable items inside them is over," he said.

The incidents occurred in the 2300 block of Old New Windsor Pike, New Windsor, where a compact disc player and boom box, valued at $650, were taken; on West Main Street, Westminster, where unspecified items worth $255 were taken; and in the 2100 block of Pleasant Valley Road, Pleasant Valley, where an estimate of the loss was unavailable.

Thieves look for cellular phones, boom boxes, compact disc players and CDs, Papi said. The best deterrent, he said, is to lock doors, put up windows and store valuables out of sight.

"If [a thief] wants to get into a vehicle badly enough, he is going to do it, but the idea is to make it more difficult," Papi said.

The more noise someone makes breaking into a vehicle, the better chance someone will hear it and call police, he said.

Fire

Pleasant Valley: Firefighters from Littlestown and Kingsdale in Pennsylvania assisted Pleasant Valley at 4: 31 p.m. Tuesday, responding to an electrical fire in a house in the 1800 block of E. Mayberry Road. Time out was unavailable.

Police

Westminster: An employee of Westminster Motors on Baltimore Boulevard told police that someone damaged several vehicles on the company lot between 9 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. Tuesday. Damage was estimated at $10,000.

Pub Date: 10/09/97

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