Police and fire scan


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 vandalism of a front-end loader that was parked in Sherwood Estates on Mineral Hill Road in Sykesville.

Police reported that four windows of a Caterpillar 943 were broken out sometime after dark on Dec. 2.


The damage is estimated at $500.

Crime Solvers urge county residents to report any suspicious people hanging around parked cars, construction sites or abandoned buildings.

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.


WESTMINSTER -- City police are searching for suspects inconnection with the shooting out of several windows of parked cars and area businesses last weekend.

Police said they suspect a BB gunor pellet gun was used to break the windows.

The damage occurredat businesses in 140 Village Shopping Center and the Crossroads Square shopping center, police said. The estimated loss was $1,700.


In addition, nine cars parked at various locations in Westminster alsoreceived damage.

Damage to the cars was estimated at $1,100, police said.

Anyone with information about these incidents is asked tocall the Westminster City Police Criminal Investigation Division at 848-4646.

Anonymous tips can be made by calling 857-TIPS.


WESTMINSTER -- A Baltimore man was sentenced to serve 18 months in jail last week for selling cocaine at the Finksburg Plaza shopping center in last April.


Antonio Maurice Henderson, 29, of the 6400 block of Craigmont Road, was convicted in November of selling the cocaine in the parking lot of the mall's Roy Rogers restaurant.

Carroll Circuit Judge Raymond E. Beck initially sentenced Henderson to serve five years in jail, but suspended all but 18 months.

Police charged Henderson after the Carroll County Narcotics Task Force received a tip from an undercover source.

The tipster saidHenderson would be delivering a large amount of cocaine to the mall,but task force members only found an ounce of cocaine.


MANCHESTER -- Baltimore firefighter and Aspen Run resident John Nolan Plumber was buried Thursday after a moving memorialceremony at Emmanuel Lutheran Church.


Plumber, 47, died of an apparent heart attack last Sunday night while fighting a fire on LombardStreet in Baltimore.

A fireman for 23 years, Plumber is survived by his wife, Carolyn, and three sons, Darren, David and Danny.

Firefighters from the cities of Baltimore and Annapolis, Baltimore, AnneArundel, Howard, Harford, Prince George's and Montgomery counties, attended the ceremony.

They were joined by correctional officers from the District of Columbia and Baltimore City and Maryland State Police.

Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, Manchester Mayor David Warehime, David Glenn, president of the Baltimore board of fire commissioners, Fire Commissioner Samuel T. Redd and Fire Chief Peter J. O'Connor also attended.



WESTMINSTER -- If you'rethinking about driving without your seat belt in Carroll County these days, you better think again. Westminster City Police and the statepolice in Westminster have kicked-off a new program targeted at encouraging county residents buckle up.

Officer Rick May, Westminster City Police spokesman, said Thursday's kick-off of the third annual Maryland Chief's Challenge is a chance for law enforcement officers toget involved in safety enforcement.

The program will be in effectuntil March 31, May said.

"We will try to prevent the loss of lives and reduce injuries while watching that people obey the seat belt law," May said.

City officers will carry a form with them that will be filled out whenever they make a traffic stop, May said.

If they find drivers or passengers are not wearing seat belts, the officers will have to issue a warning or a citation, May said.


May will be conducting observational surveys on seat belt use every other Thursday at several locations throughout the city.

From 9 to 10 a.m. hewill be at the intersection of John and West Main streets, 10 to 11 a.m., he will be at the intersection of Railroad Avenue and East MainStreet, noon to 1 p.m. he will be at Willis and North Center streetsand from 3 to 4 p.m. he will be at the intersection of North Center and East Main streets.


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

Feb. 1

5:07 a.m., New Windsor and Union Bridge responded to an automatic fire alarmon Tibbits Lane.


6:57 a.m., Gamber, Reese and Westminster responded to a chimney fire on Deer Park Road.

9:41 a.m., Mount Airy, Damascus and Lisbon of Howard County responded to a house fire on Twin Arch Road.

1:14 p.m., Hampstead investigated a report of smoke on Wolf Hill Drive.

4:18 p.m., Mount Airy responded to a chimney fire on Green Valley Road in Frederick County.