SOLVE CRIME OF WEEK

THE BALTIMORE SUN

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

This week, the group is targeting the theft of a cash register drawer from a beauty shop in Mount Airy.

Police said the crime occurred about 1:45 a.m. Nov. 9, when the suspect used a ladder to climb on the roof of the building and broke asecond-floor window to gain entrance.

An interior alarm was activated during the break-in, but the suspect escaped before the police arrived.

An undisclosed amount of cash was taken.

If you have any information about this crime, or believe you may know who is involved, 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.

MAN RELEASED FROM JAIL

WESTMINSTER -- A Taneytown man arrested Dec. 18 on drug charges was released on bail Christmas Eve after posting $50,000 bond.

His brother, a Miami, Fla., resident who was arrested at the same time, remained at the Carroll County Detention on $1 million bond late Tuesday.

Fernando A. Hernandez, 28, of the first block Windy Hills Drive, and his brother, 26-year-old Henry A. Hernandez of Miami were arrested and charged under the new drug kingpin statute for possessing a little more than 6 ounces of cocaine, according to State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman.

Hickman said the investigation that led to the two men's arrest began in late August and was conducted by the county Drug Task Force, the Metro Dade Narcotics Unit in Miami, and the Major Violators Unit of the state police.

Police said they found the cocaine in a bag hidden inside a sealed carton of Marlboro cigarettes. Because cellophane remained on the packs of cigarettes and the carton was still sealed, it appeared to the eye that the carton had not been tampered with.

State police 1st Sgt. Dave Reichenbaugh, a member of the county Drug Task Force, said the inside of the cigarette packs also had been sprayed with deodorant and spread with grease to fool drug-sniffing dogs.

A total of 162.3 grams of cocaine were seized, which Hickman said would have a street value of $45,000 after being cut with other adulterants.

The Hernandez brothers also were charged with bringing drugs into the state and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

Hickman said a grand jury will be impaneled early next year and more indictments are pending.

The Hernandez brothers are believed to be the first people in Carroll to be arrested and charged under the drug kingpin statute that went into effect in July.

The law can be applied to people found with 448 grams of cocaine over a 90-day period.

Hickman declined to say how the other 285.7 grams would be accounted for.

If the brothers are convicted under the statute, they would face at least 20 years in prison without chance of parole, Hickman said.

MAN CHARGED IN BURGLARIES

WESTMINSTER -- Statepolice have arrested a 20-year-old Spring Mills Road man and chargedhim in connection with a string of daytime burglaries in north Carroll.

William Howard Russell was being held late Monday at the Carroll County Detention Center on $200,000 bond.

He was charged with 15 counts of daytime burglary, 15 counts of breaking and entering a dwelling, 13 counts of theft, 12 counts of breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony and four counts of destruction of property, court records show.

Police said Russell's arrest concludes a three-month investigation into the burglaries, which have plagued the county and resulted in a loss of more than $29,000 in cash, jewelry, gunsand electronics equipment.

Investigators are still trying to locate the stolen property in these cases.

Anyone with information on the stolen items is asked to call the state police at 848-3111. Anonymous calls can be made to the Crime Solvers Tip Line at (800) 562-TIPS.

HOMICIDE IS PROBED

WEST HOMESTEAD, Pa. -- Allegheny County, Pa., police are still investigating the death of a former Carroll countian who was found in a burned station wagon in this Pittsburgh suburb.

Jack Eidinger, 27, formerly of Uniontown, was stabbed to death and his legs were bound together before his body was found in the burning car's back seat early Christmas Day, the county coroner said.

Police said Eidinger, who moved to Washington, D.C., to look for work, borrowed the car to visit Pittsburgh for the holiday.

"We don'tthink he had been dead for a long time," Sgt. David Schwab said. "Webelieve the vehicle (with Maryland license plates) was driven there with the body inside and set afire."

Schwab said the owner of the car has been interviewed by police, but no charges had been filed in the case.

ACCIDENT ENDS IN ARREST

UNION MILLS -- A 32-year-old Westminster woman was charged with driving while intoxicated early Sunday after her car hit a tree.

State police in Westminster said AnnHelena Beacham, of the 700 block Old Manchester Road, was driving her 1978 Mercury Cougar westbound on Deep Run Road at 12:45 a.m. when she went off the right side of the road and struck the tree.

The road was foggy and wet when the accident occurred, the police report said.

Beacham was taken by Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Co. ambulance to Carroll County General Hospital, where she was treated and released.

A separate accident on Friday afternoon sent two drivers toCarroll County General with minor injuries.

State police in Westminster reported that Brandon Shirey, 18, of the 5900 block Lawrence Drive in Sykesville, was traveling eastbound on Obrecht Road near Jennifer Way when he crossed the center line while driving around a curve.

Police said Shirey's car struck a westbound car driven by Paul Lennon, 31, of the 1600 block Brimfield Circle in Sykesville.

Both men were taken by Sykesville Volunteer Fire Co. ambulance to the hospital, where they were treated and released, hospital officials said.

Please report crime tips to these hot lines: 857-TIPS (drugs) and (800) 562-TIPS (Crime Solvers). All calls are confidential and you donot have to give your name.

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

Eldersburg

6800 block ofAutumn View Drive: Theft of stereo equipment, cassette tapes and sports trading cards from resident between 7:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Dec.7. Estimated loss: $572.

Hampstead

4500 block of Lower Beckleysville Road: Theft of plywood Christmas decorations from front lawn between 12:45 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. Dec. 14. Estimated loss: $250.

Mount Airy

Route 27: Beer bottle thrown through rear window of car belonging to the Church of the Latter-Day Saints Dec. 22. Estimated loss: $250.

Sykesville

1900 block of Gardenia Street: Theft of two bikes from residence Dec. 13. Estimated loss: $350.

900 block of MarimitchCourt: Theft of four hubcaps from a 1990 Ford Taurus Dec. 22. Estimated loss: $200.

Westminster

700 block of Fairfield Ave.: Theft of 1987 Suzuki four-wheel-drive vehicle from shed near residence Dec. 13. Estimated loss: $2,700.

1500 block of Bachman Valley Road: Theft of electronics equipment from residence Dec. 13. Estimated loss: $1,000.

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

Dec. 22

1:02 a.m., Westminster responded to a Dumpster fire on West Main Street.

2:29 a.m., Gamber responded to a wash detail and possible fuel leak on Deer Park Road.

6:42 a.m., Mount Airy responded to an auto fire on Ridgeville Boulevard.

1:51 p.m., Mount Airy assisted Montgomery County for an oven fireon Sheldrake Court, Montgomery County.

6:36 p.m., Union Bridge and New Midway, Frederick County, responded to an automatic fire alarm sounding on Middleburg Road.

Dec. 23

4:24 a.m., Gamber and Reese assisted Baltimore County for a barn fire on Sunnyking Drive, Reisterstown.

8:20 a.m., Westminster and Reese responded to an automatic fire alarm sounding on North Court Street.

10:25 p.m., Harney assisted Adams County, Pa., for a trailer fire on Hoffman Home Road.

Dec. 24

12:36 a.m., New Windsor and Union Bridge responded to an automatic fire alarm on Main Street, New Windsor.

6:52 a.m., Winfield responded to a tree and wires down on Roop Road.

12:44 p.m., Sykesville responded to fire alarm on Freedom Avenue.

Dec. 25

6:47 p.m., Winfield, Mount Airy and Lisbon responded to a chimney fire on Woodbine Road.

7:49 p.m., Westminster responded to a Dumpster fire on Bishop Court.

Dec. 26

6:37 a.m., Winfield, Sykesville and Gamber responded to a report of smoke in a house on Stonebridge Way.

9:56 a.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a fire alarm on North Court Street.

Dec. 27

9:34 a.m., Gamber, Winfield and Sykesville respondedto a chimney fire on Wood Ridge Lane.

11:39 a.m., Hampstead responded to a car leaking gasoline on Hanover Pike.

1:08 p.m., Mount Airy, Lisbon and New Market responded to a house fire on Hill Street in Mounty Airy.

1:27 p.m., Hampstead. Lineboro and Manchester assisted Baltimore County on smoke in a house on Grave Run Road.

2:00 p.m., Mount Airy, Winfield, Lisbon and New Market responded to a fire in a grain barn on Gillis Falls Road.

Dec. 31

12:30 a.m., Lisbon responded to a diesel fuel spill on Woodbine Road at Hoods Mill Road.

1:19 a.m., Winfield responded to an electrical pole and wires on fire on Ridge Road.

1:36 a.m., Reese responded to wires on fire on Carrollton Road.

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