SOLVE CRIME OF WEEK
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 musical equipment from the Westminster Senior High School during the Christmas holiday.
Police said the equipment was stolen while the school was closed,but several sporting events were being conducted.
Taken from the band room were six Piemo drum heads, two Ludwig wooden concert toms, two silver tom stands, two Zildjian cymbal stands and a bongo drum. The equipment was valued at $1,255.
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 have to give your name and if your information leads to an arrest, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward.
POLICE SEEKING BANDIT
FINKSBURG -- For the second time in two weeks, the Tevco Self-Serve convenience store on Route 140 has been the site of an armed robbery.
State police in Westminsterwere still looking for the Tevco bandit late Friday, after the latest robbery occurred early in the morning.
Sources said the police believe the man who committed the 1:49 a.m. robbery also may have heldup a store clerk Feb. 6.
The suspect is described as a white malein his mid-20s, weighing about 140 pounds, with a blond mustache.
At the time of the robbery, the man wore blue jeans, tennis shoes and a black Harley Davidson hooded sweat shirt, police said.
The hood was pulled tightly around the man's face, so that only a small portion was showing, police said.
Police said the man entered the store and showed the clerk an object he claimed was a knife. The clerk did not see the blade of the knife, only a wooden handle.
The suspect demanded that the clerk open the register. When he did, the suspect scooped up all of the money inside and then left the store. Police did not disclose how much money was taken.
The clerk saw the suspect turn left as he went out the door.
A state police K-9 dog tracked the suspect to Old Westminster Pike behind the store, police said.
In the first robbery, police said a suspect entered the Tevco before midnight and displayed a black semi-automatic weapon before demanding money.
The suspect wore a nylon stocking with eyeholes cut init, police said.
Both cases are being handled by the state policein Westminster. If you have any information on these cases, or believe you may know who is involved, please call the state police at 848-3111.
MAN GETS JAIL FOR ABUSE
WESTMINSTER -- A former county man convicted in November of sexually abusing his adopted daughter duringa three-year period was sentenced Thursday to serve five years in prison.
The 43-year-old man, whose name is being withheld to protectthe identity of the victim, had asked Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. to keep him out of jail.
Burns denied the request and sentenced him to five years of supervised probation after the prison term is completed.
Court records show that the man pleaded guilty to child abuse in November. He was charged with repeatedly abusing his daughter from 1982 until 1985. Most of the abuse took place while other family members were asleep.
The abuse stopped when the victim started dating a boy at school, records show.
BAIL SET IN MURDER
WESTMINSTER -- Bail was set Thursday for a 31-year-old Union Bridge man accused of killing a Finksburg man during a fight over a pool game.
Carroll District Judge Donald Smith set bail for Donald Allen McCall at $75,000. McCall had been held without bond since his arrest in the slaying of Roger Lee Childers Feb. 8.
McCall is charged with first- and second-degree murder, manslaughter, assault and battery, and carrying a deadly weapon.
State police in Westminster said Childers wasstabbed in the chest in a fight with McCall during a pool game in a bar on Main Street in New Windsor.
Childers was pronounced dead at3:30 a.m. at the Shock Trauma Unit at University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore, where he was flown shortly after 1:45 a.m.
He died from a single stab wound in the chest by a buck knife, police said.
McCall was still being held at the Carroll County Detention Centerlate Friday.
Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:
12:43 a.m., Manchester, Hampstead and Lineboro responded to a house fire on Manchester Road.
12:51 a.m., Mount Airy, Lisbon of Howard County and Damascus of Montgomery County responded to a house fire on Windy Ridge Road.
5:40 a.m., Mount Airy and Lisbon returned to the Windy Ridge Road house fire.
8:35 a.m., Winfield, Sykesville and Lisbon of Howard County responded to a chimney fire on Streaker Road.
10:17 a.m.,Westminster, Reese and Gamber responded to smoke in a building on Washington Road.
10:54 a.m., Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley andManchester responded to a chimney fire on Fenby Farm Road.
11:07 a.m., Mount Airy assisted Frederick County on a chimney fire on Talbot Run Road.
11:27 a.m., Westminster, Reese, Pleasant Valley and Manchester investigated an odor of gas at the 140 Village Shopping Center.
4:35 p.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a dryer fire on Lincoln Road.
4:36 p.m., Sykesville responded to a brush fire on Johnsville and Freedom roads.
4:57 p.m., Hampstead and Manchester assisted Baltimore County on a house fire on Marshall Mill Road.
5:04 p.m., Union Bridge assisted Frederick County on a house fire on Warner Road.