Carroll Digest


October 07, 2004

Suspect sought in robbery yesterday at Westminster bank

Westminster police are looking for a man who robbed a local bank yesterday.

Capt. Randy Barnes said a man walked into BB&T Bank in the 100 block of E. Main St. at 10:20 a.m. and gave a note to a teller demanding money. No weapon was displayed, Barnes said.

Authorities said the teller gave the robber an undisclosed amount of money before he fled on foot. No one was injured, Barnes said.

Barnes described the suspect as a black man about 40 years old, 5 feet, 6 inches tall and 170 pounds. He said the man was wearing a dark baseball cap and a black jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to call Westminster police at 410-848-4646.

Volunteer Gartrell-Kemp wins fire education award

Debbie Gartrell-Kemp, a volunteer with the Mount Airy and Winfield fire companies and active fire prevention leader, recently was named State Fire Safety Educator of the Year.

She was given a plaque from State Fire Marshal Bill Barnard for Excellence in Fire Safety Education.

She also received a Governor's Citation for her "commitment to reduce the number of injuries and deaths from fire" and for her "devotion to educate ... peers in the fire service."

The awards were presented at the Mid-Atlantic Life Safety Conference at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab in Howard County.

Gartrell-Kemp, a longtime member of the Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Services Association's Life Safety and Fire Prevention Committee, has been its chairwoman since 2000. She was nominated for the award by association President Marianne Warehime and two past county fire prevention volunteers, Katie Ritter and Sarah Blackowicz.

Gartrell-Kemp has worked actively in fire prevention since 1989, when she began volunteering with the Winfield Community Volunteer Fire Department. She has attended the conference at APL every year since 1990.

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