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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer | September 10, 1995
A Carroll County grand jury indicted a Hampstead police officer yesterday on misdemeanor charges of possessing drugs and paraphernalia stemming from a state police raid on his Roberts Field home last month.Paul Nicholas Steimetz, a member of the Hampstead force for five years, also was indicted on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, providing alcohol to minors and maintaining a common nuisance.The charges carry a maximum fine of $45,000 and up to 15 years in prison.Officer Steimetz, who lives in the 4300 block of Downhill Trail, was suspended from the force with pay after state police drug enforcement officials raided his home Aug. 18."
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By Laura McCandlish and Laura McCandlish,Sun Reporter | March 29, 2007
A Hampstead police officer was being treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center last night after being struck by a pickup truck while directing traffic around a vehicle pulled over on Route 30 yesterday. Capt. Joseph "Jay" Gribbin, 51, a retired Baltimore County police officer who now works for the Hampstead Police Department, was being treated for serious head injuries, state police spokesman Greg Shipley said. A Dodge Dakota pickup struck Gribbin as he directed traffic about 2 p.m. on southbound Route 30 in Hampstead, just south of Shiloh Road, Shipley said.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | December 27, 1996
Residential growth has caught up with Hampstead Police Department, and Chief Ken Meekins wants more space and personnel to provide adequate police protection for residents.Getting an early start on budget requests for fiscal 1998, Meekins has informed the mayor and Town Council that his department needs a larger office and a dispatcher to answer police calls -- a job now handled by town office staff."I wanted to get them thinking about the priorities for the new budget," Meekins said. "We're looking to evolving this to a full-time department, and to do that we need to take steps to improve the facilities and hire more clerical help and additional officers."
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August 2, 2006
Warrantless search ends handgun case against teen The Carroll County state's attorney is not pursuing charges against an 18-year-old Hampstead man who had been accused of bringing a stolen handgun to North Carroll High School because the case relied on a warrantless search of the suspect's cell phone. Michael J. Judd, 18, of the 4300 block of Downhill Trail was arrested in late May on charges of possessing a deadly weapon on school property and possession of a firearm by someone younger than 21, according to court documents.
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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,SUN STAFF | December 19, 1995
Drug charges against a six-year veteran of the Hampstead police force were dropped in Carroll County Circuit Court yesterday after he agreed to resign and not to take any law enforcement jobs in the future.In addition, Paul Nicholas Steimetz, 48, agreed not to sue officials connected with the case or seek back pay from the town.Mr. Steimetz, who joined the police force in November 1989, has been suspended without pay since state police drug enforcement officials found marijuana and drug paraphernalia during an Aug. 18 raid in his Downhill Trail home.
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By Anne Haddad and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF | July 12, 2000
Hampstead police officers will be able to take their computers right into their cruisers thanks to a Town Council approval of three laptops for the seven-member force. The laptops were approved by the council last night as part of a $10,000 request for furnishings for the new police station. Town Manager Kenneth Decker had asked for the additional money for blinds or drapes, furniture and the computers. The town had planned to buy desktop computers for the officers, but Decker and Police Chief Kenneth Meekins decided to purchase Dell laptops that officers can take on the road.
NEWS
February 11, 2003
Hampstead officials and police are asking for the public's help to solve several cases of vandalism at Town Hall recently. Four incidents have occurred, all at night, at Town Hall, 1034 S. Carroll St., according to police. Dec. 4: The glass in the front door was broken using a metal ball bearing sleeve. Jan. 9: The glass in the front door was broken using a small statue. Jan. 16: Town officials reported the theft of two flags from the front of the building. Sunday: Hampstead police on patrol found that a window facing the south side parking lot had been broken out. Police suspect a small teapot found near the scene was used.
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By Laura McCandlish and Laura McCandlish,Sun Reporter | March 29, 2007
A Hampstead police officer was being treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center last night after being struck by a pickup truck while directing traffic around a vehicle pulled over on Route 30 yesterday. Capt. Joseph "Jay" Gribbin, 51, a retired Baltimore County police officer who now works for the Hampstead Police Department, was being treated for serious head injuries, state police spokesman Greg Shipley said. A Dodge Dakota pickup struck Gribbin as he directed traffic about 2 p.m. on southbound Route 30 in Hampstead, just south of Shiloh Road, Shipley said.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | February 22, 2000
A missing Hampstead teen-ager was safe at home yesterday after she and her former boyfriend were located Friday in Florida, where he was jailed while Maryland authorities sought his return to face charges here, Hampstead police said. Allison M. Zgorski, 18, of Golf View Lane was reported missing Feb. 13. Her parents called police after she failed to return home from a date with William T. Parrish III, 19, formerly of Owings Mills, said Hampstead Chief R. Kenneth Meekins. Meekins said his agency had sufficient probable cause to request an arrest warrant Saturday.
NEWS
December 29, 1992
Five people injured in a Sunday evening accident near a Hampstead gas station were released from hospitals yesterday, officials said.William D. Houseman, 77, of Hampstead was released from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after he was treated for undisclosed injuries after the 5:07 p.m. crash.His wife, Margaret Houseman, 75; the couple's son, Carl W. Houseman, 35, of Stuart Draft, Va.; and Pat East, 59, and Cecilia Koors, 60, both of Pikesville, were treated at Carroll County General Hospital and released yesterday, a hospital spokeswoman said.
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December 31, 2004
Hampstead man, 50, found dead in apartment An elevated level of carbon monoxide was detected in the Hampstead apartment where a 50-year-old man was found dead late Wednesday night, authorities said. Hampstead police found the body of Albert Lylle Belt III on the living room floor of his small apartment in the 4000 block of Gill Ave. Officers responded to a call from a friend of Belt's who discovered the body. Belt was pronounced dead at the scene. Hampstead firefighters found higher than normal levels of poisonous carbon monoxide in the apartment and in an adjoining one. They aired out the units.
NEWS
April 7, 2004
The Hampstead Police Department is participating in the 2004 Maryland Chief's Challenge, being held through June 6. The annual event is an initiative to educate the public about the importance of using seat belts and child safety seats. The challenge is co-sponsored by the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, Maryland Committee for Safety Belt Use and Maryland Highway Safety Office. The Hampstead police will be conducting belt-use surveys and establishing enforcement zones in and around town during the two-month period.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | January 7, 2004
The Carroll County commissioners have decided that sheriff's deputies, instead of Hampstead police officers, will be the first to respond to incidents at North Carroll High, a school of nearly 1,400 students that is within the town limits. Because of the burden the numerous calls from the school placed on the town's police force of eight officers, the county commissioners approved a policy yesterday that gives initial responsibility to the larger sheriff's department. It takes effect immediately.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | January 7, 2004
The county commissioners have decided that sheriff's deputies, instead of Hampstead police officers, will be the first to respond to incidents at North Carroll High, a school of nearly 1,400 students that is within the town limits. Because of the burden the numerous calls from the school placed on the town's police force of eight officers, the county commissioners approved a policy yesterday that gives initial responsibility to the larger sheriff's department. It takes effect immediately.
NEWS
February 11, 2003
Hampstead officials and police are asking for the public's help to solve several cases of vandalism at Town Hall recently. Four incidents have occurred, all at night, at Town Hall, 1034 S. Carroll St., according to police. Dec. 4: The glass in the front door was broken using a metal ball bearing sleeve. Jan. 9: The glass in the front door was broken using a small statue. Jan. 16: Town officials reported the theft of two flags from the front of the building. Sunday: Hampstead police on patrol found that a window facing the south side parking lot had been broken out. Police suspect a small teapot found near the scene was used.
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By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | July 20, 2002
The former treasurer of the Hampstead Elementary School PTA was arrested yesterday on dozens of theft charges after being accused of taking tens of thousands of dollars from the group for his personal use over a two-year-period, police said. John N. Biggs Jr., 39, of the 1600 block of Old Manchester Road, Westminster, has been charged with 39 counts of theft of more than $500, three counts of theft of less than $500 and a theft scheme, said Capt. Jay Gribbin of the Hampstead Police Department.
NEWS
November 14, 2000
Two Hampstead men have been charged in two recent store robberies in Carroll County and are wanted for questioning in several similar crimes in western Baltimore County, authorities said. Erland Roessler, 35, of the 1500 block of Main St. and Steven Sirbaugh, 30, of the 4100 block of Hillcrest Ave. have been charged in Carroll with multiple counts of armed robbery, assault and theft, said state police Lt. Terry L. Katz. They were being held without bail at the county's detention center in Westminster.
NEWS
November 14, 2000
Two Hampstead men have been charged in two recent store robberies in Carroll County and are wanted for questioning in several similar crimes in western Baltimore County, authorities said. Erland Roessler, 35, of the 1500 block of Main St. and Steven Sirbaugh, 30, of the 4100 block Hillcrest Ave. have been charged in Carroll with multiple counts of armed robbery, assault and theft, said Lt. Terry L. Katz, commander of the state police barracks in Westminster. They were being held without bail at the county detention center in Westminster.
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