Crime Solvers, a volunteer group that assists area police, is asking residents to help solve the Crime of the Week.

This week, the group is targeting the disappearance of a fugitive who is wanted by Maryland State Police on several bad check warrants.

Gerald Ray Bowers, whose address and place of employment are unknown, is described by police as a white male, 6 feet 2 inches tall, with brown hair.

He weighs 245 pounds and is 27 years old.

Bowers' last known address was on Leisters Road in Hampstead.

If you have any information about Bowers, or believe you may information about where he might be living or working, please call Crime Solvers at (800) 562-TIPS.

You do not need to give your name, and if your information leads to an arrest, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward.


SYKESVILLE -- Three men and a juvenile were arrested Sunday afternoon by the Carroll County Sheriff's Department and charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, officials said.

The sheriff's deputies made the arrest after they received a tip from an informant who said a maroon 1983 Nissan traveling in the 7000 block of Ridge Road contained drugs.

A search of the car revealed three doses of the hallucinogenic drug LSD, a small quantity of marijuana and a pipe, officials said.

Arrested were Richard P. Kozowyk, 23, of Ellicott City; Keith E.

Memmert, 18, of Pine Hill Court in Eldersburg; and Jesse H. Weisberg, 20, of Quail Drive in Sykesville.

A 16-year-old male was also arrested.

After the arrest, police said, Memmert consented to a search of his home, which produced 2 grams of methamphetamine, 2 ounces of marijuana and 19 doses of LSD. Memmert, Kozowyk and Weisberg were charged with possession of LSD, the use of drug paraphernalia, conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Memmert was also charged with distribution of marijuana and LSD.

Kozowyk was still being held at the Carroll County Detention Center late Tuesday.

Memmert and Weisberg posted bail Monday and the juvenile was released into the custody of his parents Sunday night.

Please report crime tips to these hot lines: 857-TIPS (drugs) and (800) 562-TIPS (Crime Solvers). All calls are confidential and you do not have to give your name.

Here is a compilation of some of the crime reported to local and state police:


3500 block of Carrollton Road: Bullet holes in windows and body of car parked at residence Oct. 12. Estimated loss: $350.


Salem Bottom Road: Car windshield damaged by thrown beer bottle while car was traveling Oct. 11. Estimated loss: $300.


4000 block of Carrollton Road: Rear window of truck damaged while parked at residence Oct. 13. Estimated loss: $400.


Pennsylvania Avenue: Cash stolen from home Oct. 12. Estimated loss: $239.

Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:

Oct. 15

1:12 a.m., Westminster and Reese responded to an automatic fire alarm at Cranberry Mall.

10:34 a.m., Reese responded to a smoke detector alarm on Old Westminster Pike.

1:48 p.m., Taneytown responded to a Dumpster fire on Taneytown Pike.

3:48 p.m., Reese responded to an automobile fire on Route 140.

Oct. 16

10:37 a.m., Sykesville responded to Sykesville Middle School for investigation of odor of smoke.

12:09 p.m., Sykesville responded to a wash detail on Church Street off of Main Street.

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