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 flag from the Carroll County Farm Museum.

The museum had the banner specially designed to mark its 25th anniversary celebration.

The 5-foot flag, with red and blue lettering, was flown at the museum entrance on Center Street. Sometime after 7:30 p.m. April 24, it was stolen from the grounds.

Valued at $200,the banner was decorated with the museum's shield, and "1966 -- 1991Celebrating 25 Years" was written across it.

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 leaveyour name. If your information leads to an arrest, you could earn a reward of up to $1,000.



WESTMINSTER -- A 24-year-old Detour man who police say tried to blowup his wife's car last week was being held in the Carroll County Detention Center on $100,000 bond yesterday.

State police have charged John Paul Vincent of the 7500 block of Middleburg Road with attempted murder and assault with intent to murder. His bond was set Monday.

A fuel line on Heidi Renee Vincent's car was cut and wrapped witha cloth, police said. The 22-year-old noticed her husband kneeling beside her car Friday morning before she drove to work.

While driving to work, she noticed a strong odor of gasoline, police said. She stopped at the Keymar post office, found nothing, then continued to work. When she arrived at work, she noticed the odor again and asked co-workers to check under the car, police said.

Two co-workers noticed a burned rag and a slit fuel line, and police investigated the damage.

At about 7 p.m. Friday, police searched the Vincents' apartment, where two white rags similar to the one discovered under the car were found. Police also said that they found two knives with black residue on their blades, a $50,000 life insurance policy on Heidi Vincent and two legal separation agreements.



BUSHY HEIGHTS -- A 69-year-old Sykesville woman was listed in serious but stable condition late yesterday after a two-car accident on Route 26 and Bushy Road.

It was the first of two accidents on that section of Route 26 within a 30-minute period Monday afternoon.

Leatrice Rae Wills, of the 4800 block of Bushy Road, was flown by state police helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit at University Hospital in Baltimore after the 4:45 p.m. accident.

Police said Kristie Marie Good, 16, of the 5600 block of Ridge Road in Sykesville, was driving her 1978 Chevrolet Monte Carlo eastbound onRoute 26 west of Arthur Shipley Road when she drove onto the shoulder, locked up her brakes and skidded across the center line.

The Chevrolet then hit Wills' 1985 Ford Escort, which was westbound on Route 26.

Wills attempted to avoid hitting the car by turning onto thewestbound shoulder. The impact of the crash pushed the Escort into aditch on the side of the road, police said.

The Chevrolet came torest on the shoulder of the road, police said.

Good and two passengers in her car, Kimberly Shipley of Sykesville and Kristina Grant of Mount Airy, were taken by Winfield and Sykesville volunteer fire company ambulances to Carroll County General Hospital, where they were treated and released, hospital officials said.

Good was cited for reckless driving in the accident.

At 3:20 p.m. on Route 26 at Bushy Road, another two-car accident sent a 78-year-old Westminster womanto Baltimore County General Hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries.

Police said Josephine Booker, of the 4300 block of Ridge Road, was traveling westbound on Route 26 behind a truck in her 1988 Ford Escort.

The truck, driven by Michael Paul Sykes, of the 4100 block of Salem Bottom Road in Westminster, made a right turn onto Bushy Road, police said.

Booker pulled up to make a left turn ontoBushy Road and struck the back of the truck, police said.

The impact of the crash pushed the truck into a ditch on the south side of Route 26, where it rolled on its side.

Booker was taken by WinfieldVolunteer Fire Company ambulance to Baltimore County General Hospital, where she was treated and released yesterday.



WESTMINSTER -- A Mount Airy man pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder last week in connection with a shooting at the home of his former boss.

Dennis W. Hood, 29, of the 16600 block of Frederick Road, told Circuit Judge Raymond Beck that voices caused him to fire six rifle shots into a New Windsor home last September.

In addition to accepting his guilty plea, Beck ruled Hoodwas not able to understand the criminal nature of his actions at thetime of the shooting.

He will be sentenced after he is evaluated at the Clifton R. Perkins prison facility in Jessup.

Hood's formerboss' wife, Diane E. Krebs, was injured by debris from the shots that came through her front door.

Hood was found guilty after a statement of facts in the case was read.

The Sept. 19 shooting occurredat about 8:17 a.m. after Hood came home after failing to find a job at a construction site, according to the statement of facts.

Hood told police he began hearing Krebs' name while driving on Route 140 near Westminster.

He knew the woman because he worked for her husband's business before being fired in December 1988.

He said he thendrove home, picked up a rifle, and then drove to Krebs home.

Whenthe woman saw him approaching with a gun, she shut her front door, court records show.

Hood then shot through the front door, narrowlymissing Krebs and her two daughters.

He then fired five more shots through the window, court records show.

Hood was arrested shortly after the incident at his home.

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

June 2

2:10 p.m., Taneytown responded to a large pile of grass clippings on fire on Old Taneytown Road.

June 3

5:50 a.m., Pleasant Valley responded to wires on fire on Route 97.

6:55 a.m., Westminster and Reese responded to an automatic alarm on Hahn Road.

June 4

10:39a.m., Westminster and Reese responded to an automatic alarm soundingHahn Road.

4:38 p.m., Lineboro responded wires on fire on South Mill Street.

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