Two crows found in county infected with West Nile virus...

Carroll Digest

August 16, 2002

Two crows found in county infected with West Nile virus

Two dead crows found in Carroll County have tested positive for West Nile virus, county Health Department officials announced yesterday.

The birds, one found in Sykesville and one in Westminster, are the second and third to test positive in the county this year. Health officials announced this week that a blue jay found in Sykesville had tested positive for the virus.

The dead birds represent no immediate public health concern, officials said, but county residents should eliminate standing water sources that attract mosquitoes, which feed on the dead birds and can transmit the disease to humans. Westminster residents should call the state hot line at 866-866- CROW to report dead birds or call the county Health Department at 410-876-1884 with questions about West Nile virus. Although officials will not pick up birds from the Sykesville area because they have determined that the disease is active there, residents there can phone in reports of dead birds.

Baltimore woman charged in Westminster robbery

A Baltimore woman has been charged in an April armed robbery in Westminster, police said.

Rhonda Rochelle Cann, 25, was charged with armed robbery, first-degree assault and using a handgun in the commission of a violent crime, state police said. A second woman, Tamara Nicole Kelley, 25, was arrested and charged in the robbery last month.

The women are accused of holding a gun to the head of the cashier at the High's convenience store on Main Street, then fleeing with cash from the store's register, state police said. Cann was being held at the Carroll County Detention Center in Westminster.

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