Carroll Digest


December 17, 2003

Man tries to rob store, hits clerk before fleeing

A man tried to rob a Hampstead store yesterday afternoon, claiming he had a gun and punching a clerk before he ran off without cash, Maryland State Police reported.

Police said the man entered the Family Dollar Store in the 2300 block of Hanover Pike about 3 p.m. He pushed an object against the cashier's back, said he had a gun and told the cashier not to turn around.

The cashier began to turn and the would-be robber hit her in the face, police said. The cashier screamed and the man fled on foot.

The cashier sustained minor injuries from the assault but did not require immediate medical care, police said.

The suspect was described as white, about 20 years old, 5 feet 9 inches tall and with blond hair. He was wearing a red and green plaid shirt, blue jeans and construction boots, police said.

Percolation tests start early because of high water levels

The Carroll County Health Department has announced that wet weather percolation testing required for building projects has begun early because of high ground water levels.

Testing normally is done between Feb. 1 and April 30 when ground water levels usually are highest.

Maryland sewage disposal and subdivision regulations require soil percolation and other tests be conducted when the highest water table can be expected in the sewage disposal area. Testing determines whether soil at a building site can support a septic system before a house or commercial building is constructed, a Health Department official said.

Information: 410-876-1884.

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