ESCAPED INMATES CAUGHT

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Two inmates who escaped from a minimum-security prison camp Sunday night were captured by police in Carroll and Anne Arundel counties Tuesday morning.

Bradley Spitler, 19, of Belcamp, and William Edward Harlow Jr., 20, of Baltimore, fled the Central Laundry Facility in the 7300 block of Buttercup Road between 5:30 and 10 p.m., said Greg Shipley, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections.

Shipley said the men jumped over an 18-foot razor wire fence after covering it with a blanket and a flannel shirt.

Five Westminsterpatrol units, a K-9 unit and a state police helicopter searched for the men after they were discovered missing at 10 p.m.

Spitler was apprehended at a minute after midnight Tuesday morning when troopers from the Westminster barracks went to his relative's home on Elger Street in Union Bridge.

The three troopers went to Spitler's relative's home with warrants for his arrest.

State police said Spitler immediately was taken to the Maryland House of Correction in Jessup.

Harlow was picked up by Anne Arundel County Police.

Spitler cameto the prison camp in June to serve four years for breaking, entering and theft.

Harlow has been in prison since August, serving 19 months for theft.

The maximum penalty for escape is 10 years, Shipley said.

19 CHARGED WITH DWI

WESTMINSTER -- The luck of the Irish ran out for at least 19 drivers in Carroll over St. Patrick's Day weekend, when they were arrested by state police for drunken driving.

A typical weekend sees six to eight people arrested for driving whileintoxicated, police said.

St. Patrick's Day this year surpassed New Year's Eve for drunken-driving arrests, police said.

The concentrated weekend patrols began at midnight Friday and continued through2 a.m. Monday, police said.

The patrols were funded by a special state grant.

Three drivers also were charged with possessing controlled, dangerous substances.

FIRE KNOCKS OUT PHONES

WESMTINSTER --An early morning fire at an underground utility substation Monday morning knocked out phone lines and computer systems for stores and businesses at Cranberry Mall.

Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co. spokesman Al Boyer said the fire started about 3 a.m. in a utility vault under Center Street and Route 140.

The vault contained the telephone wires that serve Cranberry Mall, Boyer said.

The cause of thefire is under investigation, Boyer said. He said investigators believed the fire might have begun when a light pole that was installed near the vault severed electrical lines.

About 700 telephone lines were shut down while the blaze was being fought, he said.

Boyer said C&P; workers were preparing to cut out all the damaged equipment. Itwill be replaced by a temporary trailer filled with new equipment, he said.

Boyer said the fire caused "significant damage," but had no dollar estimate as of late Tuesday.

FIRE HAS CARROLL TIES

OWINGSMILLS -- Unknown suspects who set a fire that caused extensive damage to the Painters Mill Theatre early Monday morning may have been involved in a theft from a Carroll construction site, officials said.

Details were still sketchy late Tuesday, but officials believe the fire may have been set by an acetylene blowtorch after it was used to get into the building.

Officials believe the blowtorch also was used to break into the theater's safe, police said.

The torch and oxygen tanks were found near the safe, police said. Investigators are checking out tips to lead them to the burglars, including the theft ofthe oxygen tanks from an undisclosed Carroll construction site before the fire began.

Eleven fire companies fought the four-alarm blaze, including Carroll's Freedom District Volunteer Fire Department.

Fire officials have estimated damage to the theater at more than $250,000.

SOLVE CRIME OF WEEK

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 two separate thefts at homes on Liberty Road in Eldersburg Feb. 4 and 5.

In the first case, police believe the suspects entered the home through through a rearwindow between 9:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. Feb. 5.

Stolen from the home were a 35-mm camera, three lenses, a Sears VHS video camera and case and a container of silver coins.

In the second case, police said a home that was under construction was forcibly entered between 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 4 and 8:00 a.m. on Feb. 5.

The front door was damaged and then entry was gained by forcing open a window.

Nothing was stolen from the second home, police said.

Police believe the incidents are related.

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.

POLICE WIN AWARDS

WESTMINSTER -- Two Carroll police officers -- one city police corporal and one state trooper -- have been award certificates of merit by a state officers association.

Westminster Cpl. Rick May and state police Tfc. James Emerick were given the awards March 6 at the quarterly meeting of Maryland Law Enforcement Officers Inc. in Towson, Baltimore County.

Emerick, a 17-year veteran of the state police, was recognized for his work in crime prevention. May, afour-year veteran of the city police, was honored for his work in traffic safety.

Both officers were nominated by their departments for the "Distinguished Service Award" for 1990.

Twelve officers fromagencies across the state were honored at the ceremony.

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 togive your name.

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

Eldersburg

Marimick Court: Theft of two tires and wheels from an automobile parked at residence March 13. Estimated loss: $200.

Finksburg

2900 block of Dede Road: Theft of property from residence. Estimated loss: $690.

Mount Airy

South Main Street: Breaking, entering and theft at residence. Estimated loss: $650.

Westminster

2100 block of Old Washington Road:Rocks and bottles thrown at a home March 18. Estimated loss: $400.

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

March 15

2:17 a.m., Westminster and New Windsor responded to an automatic fire alarm sounding at Palmer Terrace.

12:19 p.m., Gamber, Reese and Westminster responded to a chimney fire on Bird View Road.

5:02 p.m., Pleasant Valley and Westminsterresponded to a chimney fire on Stone Road.

March 17

2:57 p.m.,Westminster and New Windsor responded to a chimney fire on Rolling Ridge Drive.

March 18

12:06 a.m., Mount Airy responded to a chimney fire on Pettyford Road in Frederick County.

4:37 a.m., Sykesville responded to a four-alarm building fire on Music Fair Road in Baltimore County.

11:58 a.m., Reese and Hampstead responded to a chimney fire on Ridge Road.

1:20 p.m., Winfield responded to smoke in the area on Braddock Road.

1:46 p.m., Westminster and Reese responded to a fire alarm on Meadow Branch Road.

March 19

4:03 p.m., Westminster, Reese and Pleasant Valley responded to an apartment fireon East Main Street.

4:17 p.m., Mount Airy responded to smoke on West Watersville Road.

4:55 p.m., Reese responded to a brush fire on Sandymount Road.

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