Carroll Digest

CARROLL COUNTY DIGEST

March 11, 2004

Company donates police bicycle to Union Bridge

Carroll County Sheriff's Deputy Cpl. Clint Cromwell could soon be two-wheeling through Union Bridge.

The town has a new Fuji mountain bike, thanks to a donation made last week by Lehigh Portland Cement Co. Cromwell said he hopes to begin training on it within two weeks.

"Then I can get out in the neighborhoods, be more mobile," he said.

Cromwell has provided police coverage for Union Bridge since July 2002. That is when he was named the resident deputy to provide law enforcement coverage after the Town Council voted to save money by switching from the Maryland State Police resident trooper program to the county Sheriff's Department.

When Cromwell pitched his idea for a mountain bike to use on patrol, neither the town nor the sheriff had the money, he said. Then Lehigh donated the $900 bicycle.

Cromwell said he cannot use the bicycle on duty until he has had training on using it for police work.

Michael A. Zepp named deputy sheriff for 2003

Cpl. Michael A. Zepp has been named the 2003 Carroll County deputy sheriff of the year.

Zepp, recently promoted from sheriff deputy first class, was recognized for his involvement and assistance in a Frederick County case.

While on patrol in New Windsor on Jan. 23 last year, Zepp was stopped by a motorist who told him that his daughter had been shot in Frederick County.

After notifying Carroll County's emergency communications center and not knowing the location of the shooting, Zepp followed the motorist into Frederick County.

There, Zepp secured the scene, notified emergency officials of the victim's status and waited for responders from the Frederick County Sheriff's Office and Maryland State Police.

Zepp is a Westminster resident and joined the sheriff's office in 1999. He is assigned to the traffic enforcement unit and is an accident reconstructionist.

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