Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

February 04, 2004

Three men charged with Eldersburg video store robbery

Three men were arrested late Monday after an armed robbery in Eldersburg at a Blockbuster video store during which an employee was struck in the head with a handgun, state police at Westminster said yesterday.

The three men were charged with armed robbery, robbery, assault and theft, and were being held at the Carroll County Detention Center.

Bail was set at $100,000 for Stanley Alexander Riddic Jr., 19, of the 100 block of Collins Ave., Baltimore, and at $50,000 for David Holmes, 18, of the 8900 block of Tamar Drive, Columbia. No bail was set for Derek Allen Coley, 19, 8800 block of Rollright Court, Baltimore.

Police said three men entered the Blockbuster in the 6400 block of Ridge Road at 11:44 p.m., and announced a robbery as one of the men displayed what appeared to be a semiautomatic handgun. An employee was able to call 911.

One of the three employees was ordered to empty the safe, but was unable to open it and received a blow to the head, police said. The employee, who was not identified, did not require medical treatment. The employees and one customer in the store were then robbed of their cash, police said.

Two state troopers, a Sykesville police officer and a deputy fire marshal who were in the area surrounded the store and apprehended the suspects after a brief foot chase, police said.

The police were investigating a possible connection to an armed robbery Friday night at the Pizza Hut restaurant in Sykesville, said Detective Sgt. Andrew G. Winner.

In that robbery, three men, one armed with a handgun, took an undisclosed amount of money from employees and customers before fleeing on foot, police said.

Obrecht Road to be closed for repairs, new bridge

Carroll County's Department of Public Works has announced that Obrecht Road in Sykesville between White Rock Road and Route 97 will be closed for several months starting today.

The road will be closed for repairs and improvements, including a new bridge, road upgrade and alignment, and paved shoulders.

Detour signs will be posted.

Information: 410-386-2035.

State to study truck traffic in downtown Mount Airy

The State Highway Administration will study truck traffic on Main Street in Mount Airy, in response to the Town Council's request last month that heavy vehicles be diverted from downtown.

The council agreed Jan. 5 to council President John P. Medve's proposal to send a letter to the district engineer, asking that heavy trucks be diverted from the part of Route 808 that is the town's Main Street. Exceptions would be made for local business traffic, he said.

The engineer for SHA's District 7 office has agreed to conduct a feasibility study of the request, Medve said. The study is expected to be completed by the end of April.

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