Police seek information on woman who phoned in courthouse bomb threat

September 16, 1998

Westminster police hope a witness will report seeing a woman making a call from a pay telephone at the Park-N-Ride on Route 32 near Route 97 Monday.

The woman called the Circuit Court in Westminster to say there was a bomb in the courthouse, forcing sheriff's deputies to evacuate the historic courthouse and the court annex on Court Street for about 90 minutes while the buildings were searched, said Detective Sgt. Wayne Mann.

The clerk who received the threat used caller ID to provide police with the number of the pay telephone, Mann said, but the woman was gone before police arrived.

It was the second bomb threat made to the courts this year, Mann said. The first came on July 13 and remains unsolved, he said.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact Westminster police at 410-848-4646.

Fires

Westminster: Firefighters from Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Manchester responded at 8: 40 p.m. Friday to smoke in an apartment in the first block of Locust St. Units were out 22 minutes.

Westminster: Firefighters from Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Manchester responded at 3: 14 p.m. Friday to an electrical fire in the 100 block of Railroad Ave. Units were out 20 minutes.

Police

Westminster: A Bell Atlantic employee told police Monday that someone broke a window on one company vehicle and damaged a turn signal cover on another while the vehicles were parked at the side of the East Main Street business. Damage was estimated at $300.

Westminster: An Eldersburg resident told police Monday that someone broke a window on his vehicle while it was parked behind a residence on Bond Street. Damage was estimated at $200.

Westminster: A resident of East Green Street told police Saturday that someone threw a rock, breaking his garage window and damaging a vehicle parked inside. Combined damage was estimated at $450.

Westminster: A resident of East Main Street told police Saturday that property was stolen from his home. The loss was estimated at $400.

Westminster: A North Church Street resident told police Sunday that a 10-speed Huffy mountain bicycle, attached to a trailer at the rear of the residence, was stolen between 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday. The loss was estimated at $240.

Pub Date: 9/16/98

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